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Old 08-11-2008, 08:35 AM
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I agree with Ken! Good to hear from you Jeff.
I was just starting to decipher your lingo.. and you leave!
hahaha

Anyway. Glad life is treating you well.
Catch any of those prawns lately?
Man, those pics made me jealous!


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Old 08-13-2008, 08:21 AM
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Asudavew,
Strewth - where to start, Dave?
Mate I feel somewhat embarrassed that you mob even remember that I lived.

I have stolen so much from you bunch of mongrels @ FB.
BUT,
I do suspect that I've done good by James, the one true Guru of Great Oven Craft - free to all and sundry.
Without fail, the pizza from our oven is eaten with a certain reverence: not unlike the emotions visited upon those who've witnessed the birth of a Hippy Potamarse, (or a Pteridactylarse, even).

And when I tellum it costs four fifths of fukall to build, they tend to ignore my warning when, on day 3 after the Pizza night, they reach in to retrieve that cold little old pot of pea and ham soup. (Hahaha goose, Old Mate. hmm. i thought i said you might benefit friom welding gloves: are you blind and deaf, or just plain stupid?... )

Some of our guests have even been known to swear, tru!. (Shit; just can't take some bastards anywhere, eh. Treat 'em like royalty, and they swear and curse like bloody troopers: Upsets me dog big mobs, it does, dead set.)

Anyway Dave, I just LOVED your video. Thanks for that, Happy Man.
And what your stupid video did for me, I think (hope), my stupid oven will do for others.

May WFO's rule.
I stop.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:41 AM
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May WFO's rule.
Amen! Don't be a stranger!
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Life does not always treat you well -- but your wood oven will always be there for you.
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:42 AM
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Ken: I've just had *exactly* the same problem: I'm so sorry I didn't get to learn from your mistake - but at least if I'm going to make one, I'm glad it was the same as a much better builder than me . Ironically, it's been on a relatively dry day here, I was worried about my mortar drying too quickly so I spritzed it a litte too enthusiastically and soaked the boards -the side wall of the vent at the front started to go and it's gone all mushy/compressable. Nice, at least, to know it isn't fatal.

Incidentally, is the board insulating better now you've dried it out? As far as I can tell, the ceraboard I used is a mixture of fibres, so apart from the mushiness, I think it'll be fine once it's dried.
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:45 PM
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Hi Matt,

Sorry to hear about your mushy insulation! Once everything cured and dried out, the board seemed to stabilize. I notice the underside of the concrete hearth doesn't get hot any more and I haven't seen any settling since the "big one".

I don't see how it could get wet again, so I think it will be fine from here on out.
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:10 AM
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Good to hear! I'm doing a flat cast vent, but if I have enough firebricks left at the end of the dome, I'll do a double-width vent entry instead. This build process is weird: I'm swinging from happy euphoria every time I tap in a keystone to paranoid worry every night!
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:51 AM
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I'm swinging from happy euphoria every time I tap in a keystone to paranoid worry every night!
I can't tell you how many sleepless nights I've had worrying about my insulation board. To this day, I regret using that overpriced stuff.
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I can't tell you how many sleepless nights I've had worrying about my insulation board. To this day, I regret using that overpriced stuff.
Amen to that. Did the bracket solution work okay? I'm trying to decide whether to tear down and rebuild the vent walls.

On sleepless nights: I managed to worry myself into a tizz last night convincing myself I forgot to add fireclay to one of my mixes of mortar (it's pretty unlikely, but I was stressing it anyway).

Still, keystone today and maybe then I'll stop worrying. Yeah, right .
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Amen to that. Did the bracket solution work okay?
The brackets are really there to contain a catastrophic failure. I hope I never find out if they work
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