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Should you use mortar on arch bricks? - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



Photo Galleries are back! Instructions below.

Dear forum users,
Thank you for your patience with the Photo galleries. We've got your galleries online!
We have finished writing a custom script to migrate the PhotoPlog to vBulletin5’s albums.

Unfortunately V-Bulletin killed the "Photoplogs" in their software upgrade which was unforeseen and we're the first development group to have written a script for getting the galleries back... that said, it took some time to reverse engineer the code and get the albums to move over seamlessly!

Forum users will be able to access their “PhotoPlog” images through their user profile page by clicking on the “Media” tab.
They will also be able to browse other albums by going to the albums page. (On the forum site, there is a link in the black bar beside “Forums” to the albums.)

In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
1) Go to user profile page and click “Media”
2) Click Add Photos
3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
4) Click Upload or Select from Photo Album to add photos
5) Click Post
6) Once posted, the album will be created as a “Topic” on the albums page for the public to see. The topic title will be the “Photo Gallery Title” they created before uploading their photos.

To create this migration path we used vBulletin5’s default album structure. Unfortunately, it won’t work like the “PhotoPlog” but is an album/gallery component on the forum now.
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Should you use mortar on arch bricks?

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  • Should you use mortar on arch bricks?

    I have firebrick already wedge-shaped (KX-99's) for my dome and have built my arch template with virtually no gaps betwwen the bricks. Do I need a thin layer of mortar between the bricks or can I leave it clean? I'm afraid if I use mortar, it will screw up my template and my measurements will be off. Has anyone used the wedged firebricks for their dome?


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    Re: Should you use mortar on arch bricks?

    An absolutely mortar free dome is possible in theory, but I'm not sure it can work in practice. One of the problems is that big opening at one end which sets up a bunch of instabilities in the system.

    Commercial refractory mortars are meant to be used in very thin layers, so if you have every brick cut (really? mind boggles) you could just increase the size of the dome slightly.

    We would like to see your drawings of this engineering feat if at all possible. Those who have done full-cut domes have cut ring by ring, as every one is different. Most have fudged so that only the visible inside looked fully fitted.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


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      Re: Should you use mortar on arch bricks?

      I agree with dmun. I've never seen or heard of one being built without mortar.