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  • Padding out the soldier course?

    Hello

    I'm using unusual shaped fire-bricks to build the dome. They are quite thin, only 2" thick, 9" x 8". I've cut them in half to make the soldier course .

    They will be cut into quarters to build the rest of the dome. Giving me plenty of thermal mass.

    Back to the soldier course. I want to add more depth to the 2". I was thinking of padding it out with normal/standard concrete. I will build a round former/shuttering (as we call it in the UK) around the bricks then pour in the concrete.

    I know it's not ideal and a little un-orthodox, but I don't have enough bricks to double up for more thickness.

    My only concern is how the concrete will hold up to the heat? The fire-bricks are facing the fire and I have seen concrete used to add thermal mass on bread ovens. I've also seen it used to strengthen the soldier course on a large commercial pizza oven. I have my fingers crossed I have a solution

    Any advice/feedback will be appreciated

    Mick

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    Re: Padding out the soldier course?

    Why use a soldier course? I would cut them in quarters and stack the first 3 or so courses straight up.

    George
    George

    My 34" WFO build

    Weber 22-OTG / Ugly Drum Smoker / 34" WFO

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    • #3
      Re: Padding out the soldier course?

      I agree or at the very least why not cut them in half either on the 8" or the 9" then you would have at least 4 or 4 1/2" thickness? Or am I looking at this wrong?

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      • #4
        Re: Padding out the soldier course?

        Thanks for the replies. I've revisited/re-calculated and have plenty of bricks to do the soldier course narrow side in. It means loads of cutting, but I'm in no rush

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