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  • Herringbone floor or plain straight row floor?

    How do you lay a firebrick herring bone pattern?
    Sorry for my ignorance, and the million and one questions!
    I'm trying to keep it simple. I have been reading the many threads
    on this subject, and when I visited the "Black oven" site I saw in
    their tutorial that the fire brick is laid in rows.
    Having enough firebrick I'm thinking of covering the whole floor
    with it ,I mean the whole base,is it worth the trouble.???????
    Instead of cutting a round base only for the oven.
    Are there any other patterns to play with or is it a matter of
    tradition to go with the herring bone????

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    Re: Herringbone floor or plain straight row floor?

    like this...


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      Re: Herringbone floor or plain straight row floor?

      Masako Morishita
      attached is yet another picture to help you see the Herringbone pattern. It is my hearth before I closed the dome.
      The.pdf file is the plan which also shows the pattern.

      Attached Files
      Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

      The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

      Neillís Pompeiii #1
      Neillís kitchen underway


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        Re: Herringbone floor or plain straight row floor?

        Keep in mind that that the herringbone pattern has an "orientation" to it, especially if you plan to have the pattern continue into the entryway. These are the "before and after" pictures of my floor. The first shows a "horizontal" pattern and the second is "vertical." I went with the second option because I preferred the way it looked in my entryway.
        Attached Files
        Picasa web album
        Oven-building thread


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          Have you downloaded the plans? They might help you put a lot of the pieces together.

          There is a download link on this page if you haven't got them yet:
          Brick Oven Plans | Build an Italian Brick Oven
          Ken H. - Kentucky
          42" Pompeii

          Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

          Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
          Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album


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            Re: Herringbone floor or plain straight row floor?

            The herringbone floor is traditional, but it has a reason. Bricks laid on the diagonal tend not to catch the peel even if they aren't quite level. Mostly, though, it looks good. It's not that hard if you lay your dome on the floor, as I did, it only involves cutting triangles off three bricks on a forty-five degree angle.

            My pic:

            My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


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              Re: Herringbone floor or plain straight row floor?

              I didn't pay much attention to what a herringbone pattern was when I laid my floor out, I ended up with a diagonal pattern. It was easy to lay out and the peel wont catch. It doesn't lock together as well as a herringbone though.
              Check out my oven progress here: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/phot...dex.php?u=4147

              See ALL of my pictures here: