LET­TER from the out­door LIFE­STYLE ed­i­tor

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Editors - Car­son Arthur, HGTV Per­son­al­ity

Ev­ery year I try to com­plete one bucket list item out­side. 2017 is all about the pizza oven. I didn’t just want to buy one though; I wanted to build my own.

Af­ter a lot of re­search I de­cided that it would be pretty cool to have a pizza oven built more like a bread oven, with an open fire be­low the cook­ing area in­stead of hav­ing the dome with the pizza cook­ing right be­side the fire.

Sounds per­fect, right? Well, there’s a rea­son this has been on my bucket list for so long. Build­ing your own pizza oven is NOT as sim­ple as the on­line videos make you think.

In­stead of a week­end project, my pizza oven has taken me over a month with lots of swear­ing, sweat­ing, pain and agony.

There is one thing I’ve learned through­out this process, though. Want to en­sure you ac­tu­ally check things off your list? Set a dead­line that you can’t get out of.

In my case, I in­vited 50 neigh­bours over for a block party that in­cluded freshly made pizza in an oven I hadn’t yet built.

Let me tell you, adding a lit­tle pres­sure is the best way to get things done that you’re stalling on! Pizza any­one?

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