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Thanks, my husband Wayne has been googling all types of pizza oven for weeks, he has decided to go with your one. Wayne is a cabinet maker, he was contemplating making his own frame, but after seeing your frames he says you guys have nailed it. This i think would be our cheapest option and we can make it an original with own finishing ideas.

We will definitely keep you posted on our progress.


A big thanks to John, he has a ripper product here and his wealth of knowledge of the important insulating details are second to none.
Can’t wait to eat some pizzas soon.

Cheers, Scott (Newport VIC)


I approached John Bury at a food swap meet one night reason being he had this thing that looked like an igloo but turned out to be his PIZZA OVEN IN A BOX. Interesting l said to myself.

PIZZA OVEN IN A BOX helped me obtain my end result, my outdoor oven I’ve always wanted.

The result was awesome, once you construct the cardboard kit and render it with re-factory cement.

Decorating it is endless depending on your imagination.

One thing l liked was easy construction and easy to follow instructions.

I found the whole experience fun and educational. Prior to this project l had never mixed cement before in my life.

I would recommend PIZZA OVEN IN A BOX to anyone who is serious about there food and loves entertaining people…

Mal from Waterford Park


Our 900mm pizza oven assembly is coming along nicely, please see attached photos. Please use as you wish.

Your experience and advice in making sure I do this right the first time, one time is invaluable. I opted for the old kiln baked red bricks as the oven base, with an underlay of temperature resistant foam 50mm thick (thank you for them) to keep that the heat in the bricks instead of losing it through the concrete of the base. I have mortared the bricks down level so they won’t move and I won’t catch the pizza paddle when sliding out the pizzas. And lastly at this stage I have also painted the dome and throat of the oven with a good shellacking of acrylic based paint and waiting for dry weather to apply the refractory cement over the cardboard pizza oven template, (Ingenious idea).

Anyway all the best John and I will keep up to date with photos and descriptions as the build happens. Cheers Shaun, Stacey and Rylan Kool sent from Koolview



“Here are some pics of my pizza oven build. I also obviously changed mould size half way through but didn’t get photos of the new mould as I was in quite a hurry at the time! I’m also still debating the best way to go about the front of it. I’ll either add a steel frame and door, or just reinforce and render the front to seal up the insulation layer still visible. I’ve got river stones that I might decorate the whole thing with, but likewise I quite like the rustic mortar finish so I’m not sure.

Thanks so much for all your help and guidance. The oven is a huge success, and I’ve already fed a good 40 people with it in its first week of operation.”



“Below are some pictures of the final stage of the pizza oven construction. The base is to follow, not sure with what yet.

After I mortared the red bricks down (my last email), and covered the dome with refractory cement, Stacey, Rylan and one of our friends kids went out on the farm and collected a whole heap on rocks from the farm. I first tried to mortar the rocks straight on the mesh-insulated form (hence the mix sandy coloured mortar) but the mortar and rock just would not stick. So, literally, I threw the mortar on the form and mixing up more mortar, left a 50mm thickness of rough surface mortar . I let it dry and then mixed up some sandstone coloured mortar and bit by bit laid the rocks we found. I found the mortar ratio of 6 brickies sand, 1 lime, 1 cement was great. As you said, when the mortar sticks to the angled trowel the mixture is ready. It was an arduous job but I enjoyed it immensely. I did it in stages, firstly I made the mortar in small batches, secondly I could then go back over my work and clean the rocks with a wire brush, as a didn’t know what acid (recommended advice for clean up from a Brickie) would do to the rock surface or texture. I wet the surface of the dried mortar so it wouldn’t suck all the moisture from the mortar. It also allowed me to fix any air pockets and shrinkage cracks as the mortar dried. The end result is below.

I’m pretty proud of the oven and thoroughly enjoyed making it. I reckon the cardboard mould you created in fantastic. I researched a lot of other ways to “DIY pizza ovens” and this was definitely an easy way.

Again John, thanks for all your advice and I can’t wait to fire this sucker up (weather permitting) and get into those pizzas and breads.”

Shaun Kool