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don't complicate your build any more than necessary.
As I built mine, I had a tarp over the build area as it was winter and raining regularly, and plastered my dome with the vermiculite cement immediately after dropping in the keystone.
Why wait and then re-wet your dome. I was sensible with my drying but nowhere as careful as other have been. Sure, build up your temperatures slowly over a week or so but dry the whole oven once rather than several times/sessions.
If you don't succeed the first time, try again and again until you get it right!
Thanks for the input folks! That's what I thought, but needed some reassurance.
This forum community is amazing. Answers to questions from close to home to halfway around the world. I can't thank you folks enough.