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  • Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

    Hi,
    I want to add the optional extra mass over the vermiculite insulating slab. Do I really need to use refractory cement or can I use reinforced concrete instead? I like the idea of spreading the load on the vermiculite considering that I will have a masonry chimney partially supported by the oven/vermiculite slab. I am thinking concrete because I assume it would be stronger and it is certainly cheaper.
    Thanks,
    Dave
    Album: http://picasaweb.google.com/fornososo/Pizza#

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    Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

    You can use use pretty much anything. The distributed loads are minimal.

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    • #3
      Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

      Dave,
      I used Quikrete SBC, surface bonding cement, Love this stuff,, very easy to work with and adds structural strength as well.. you can also add color and Acrylic Fortifier for waterproofing.. I think its about $ 19 a bag at lowes, I used 2 bags to put 2 coats on my 42 inch dome.. And no, you absolutely do not need refractory cement....

      Hope this helps
      Mark

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      • #4
        Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

        I want to add the optional extra mass over the vermiculite insulating slab.
        I may be interpreting this sentence differently (read: wrong) but I think the question is about adding mass under the oven floor. This really isn't needed. If you do go this route, do a forum search for "island hearth" for the brief time when it was thought necessary to add to the oven floor mass.

        If it's under the floor, but inside the insulation envelope, you may want something that's heatproof. Some builders have laid their floor bricks on edge to build up mass.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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        • #5
          Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

          Why do you want to add the additional mass? Unless you are going to mass produce bread commercially, you won't need it. For a backyard oven to be used for home, family and friends, you won't need the mass. And it may frustrate you because it takes longer to heat up and uses more wood.
          Joe

          Member WFOAMBA Wood Fired Oven Amatueur Masons Builders America

          My thread: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/j...oven-8181.html

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          • #6
            Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

            I may be interpreting this sentence differently (read: wrong) but I think the question is about adding mass under the oven floor.
            in that case disregard my answer as I thought you were talking about over the dome...

            Thanks david for pointing that out...

            Cheers
            Mark

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            • #7
              Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

              Thanks for the input. I was thinking about under the oven floor but over the dome was a question in the back of my mind also. I just searched Hearth island and found some good reading. My thought is that I can always add more wood to the oven but I can't add mass later. My wife has kicked around the idea of making a lot of bread on the weekend and taking it to the local farmers market. With this in mind (although it will likely never happen) I was thinking about the extra 1.5 inches below and around the oven. It sounds like this is discouraged based on experience.
              Dave
              Album: http://picasaweb.google.com/fornososo/Pizza#

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              • #8
                Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

                Given that the extra mass is out of sight and its strength is not an issue I think you could use ordinary concrete provided that you reduce the portland cement content and replace that taken out with lime. The portland cement gives up at around 300 C, but the lime is ok.
                Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.

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                • #9
                  Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

                  My wife has kicked around the idea of making a lot of bread on the weekend and taking it to the local farmers market. With this in mind (although it will likely never happen)
                  Im guessing your wife is not a memeber of the forum.... If you really want the mass, Like david said just turn the bricks on their side and you will have almost double..
                  Cheers
                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

                    I agree with Mark. When the oven is fully saturated, the bottom of the floor will be hot enough to cause problems with portland. I considered putting the floor bricks on their side thinking we might cook a lot of bread, but the forum convinced me I won't make that much bread. But it would look really cool.
                    Joe

                    Member WFOAMBA Wood Fired Oven Amatueur Masons Builders America

                    My thread: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/j...oven-8181.html

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                    • #11
                      Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

                      Originally posted by jmhepworth View Post
                      I agree with Mark. When the oven is fully saturated, the bottom of the floor will be hot enough to cause problems with portland. I considered putting the floor bricks on their side thinking we might cook a lot of bread, but the forum convinced me I won't make that much bread. But it would look really cool.
                      Thanks, I think I will go ahead and put the floor bricks on edge.

                      I may start tomorrow if this guy will let me....
                      Dave
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                      • #12
                        Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

                        he may think your building a raised igloo dog house ???

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                        • #13
                          Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

                          SPQR ?

                          Well, thats being historically accurate !

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                          • #14
                            Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

                            No offense, but I wouldn't do it. My main efforts with my oven are other than pizza and I did as much reading of old and new posts on this forum as I could stand. Every variation (almost) has been tried and tested. The heat originates (after the fire) from the dome. If you want more residual heat add more mass to the dome. I used about 1.75" of homebrew refractory mortar to the outside of the dome. The added mass makes heatup longer from what I understand but I can't say how much because I only built one.
                            On the 3rd day my oven is above 300F. The bottom and top of the bread are evenly done.

                            Have fun with your build!

                            Mark

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                            • #15
                              Re: Concrete vs refractory cement for mass

                              Originally posted by MK1 View Post
                              No offense, but I wouldn't do it. .....
                              Have fun with your build!

                              Mark
                              Thanks Mark. You may have convinced me but it is too late!!! It was a pain cutting the bricks on edge and I am not in the mood to do it over again. Hopefully it will work out ok.
                              Dave
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