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Two holes (not cracks) leaking smoke: mortar or furnace cement? - 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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Two holes (not cracks) leaking smoke: mortar or furnace cement?

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  • Two holes (not cracks) leaking smoke: mortar or furnace cement?

    After building my second drying fire, I discovered that there are two areas near the vent that I did not seal, and are leaking smoke. I need to patch them. One is a hole 1" in diameter; the other is a narrow strip about 1" wide and 18" long, between the vent manifold and the brick arch in front of it. The brick arch is purely decorative, and is mortared to the front door bricks. But the top curved part is not mortared to the vent manifold, hence the gap. This was a building mistake on my part.

    I plan to patch the hole with a hunk of firebrick. For the narrow strip, I can probably wedge in some firebrick strips leftover from building the dome. The question is, do I need to use fireclay mortar or furnace cement? I want to avoid using mortar because it will take longer to dry and cure before I can continue building drying fires.


    - Fio
    There is nothing quite so satisfying as drinking a cold beer, while tending a hot fire, in an oven that you built yourself, and making the best pizza that your friends have ever had.

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    Not absoltely sure without being on the spot, but I think furnace cement should work just fine, so long as it's not a working part of the oven interior.

    "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827