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  • Oven base-Start Over ?

    i have set the base for the oven a second time. Then i see some recent discussions of leveling the first course. Wish i would have seen them before. I have used about an 1.75" of mortar on the lowest side to level. Other discussions suggest you should use no more than 3/4" when doing this. see picture attached. I have not filled the blocks with concrete yet, but planned to this weekend.

    Should i take it all down and start over and saw the starter course to level it?
    My Progress:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/t...ild-17324.html

  • #2
    Re: Oven base-Start Over ?

    I wouldn't.

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    • #3
      Re: Oven base-Start Over ?

      Thanks! i know these ovens get heavy. But with the cores filled and the weight distributed, i would think the mortar thickness was ok. Probably not ideal. my oven is covered and will stay dry. Just don't want the whole thing to slide off the cracker.
      My Progress:
      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/t...ild-17324.html

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      • #4
        Re: Oven base-Start Over ?

        Level the hearth to compensate - otherwise it's a non-issue. Honestly, if it's not very much off kilter leveling the hearth isn't that necessary. Really heavy things take a lot of force to get them to start moving so it's extremely unlikely to slide off.

        Leveling the brick courses might be a whole lot easier if the hearth is level, though...
        "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

        "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka
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        • #5
          Re: Oven base-Start Over ?

          It's more than structurally sound and in the end you will wont see it. What is your veneer? Stone, brick, stucco? You can use what you learned on what you can't see for what you and the rest of the world will see.
          Scott -

          My projects: http://www.facebook.com/#!/scott.kerr.794

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          • #6
            Re: Oven base-Start Over ?

            only thing you might want to do is drill a hole into the slab drop a rebar in and tie to one in the cells you plan on filling

            if you anchor the hole thing will never slide not that is would looks okay

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            • #7
              Re: Oven base-Start Over ?

              Thanks for all the good advice. Didnt want to start over again.
              My base is 59" x 59" square and level.
              I have poured the cores and set rebar. Going to pour slab this weekend.

              Any advice on how to hold concrete in the blocks that are supported by the angle iron?
              Trying to decide on what to cover the wfo with. Thinking concrete board and stucco or rock or brick. Probably a combination of the three in the overall kitchen.

              Anybody out there put a dishwasher in there outdoor kitchen ? I am planning to do so. Probably a single drawer type.
              My Progress:
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/t...ild-17324.html

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              • #8
                Re: Oven base-Start Over ?

                A small piece of plywood and some 2x4's cut to size to hold the plywood up untill the concrete dries should do the trick.

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