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Old 10-27-2009, 09:11 AM
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On further inspection, no heat related cracking has been found. On Sunday I ran to Lowes and gathered steel studs and channel for the surround and I now have a steel box frame built 38Ē high around the dome. The next task is to apply Ĺ inch thick Hardie Backer to the sides and back of the steel and block structure. This weekend, I'll line the interior of this outside wall with unfaced fiberglass insulation; this insulation will support the rockwool, RW, bats. Iíll use these RW bats directly against the dome. I have 3, 4 cuft, bags of vermiculite to fill in what holes I can't easily get RW or FG insulation into. Iíll be using all these materials to level out the insulation within the box. I'll be leaving some space around the insulation, next to the studs, to provide air movement and hopefully minimize humidity that would chew up the steel framing. Before I do a final pack on the insulation and dump the vermiculite I want to get the curing fires done and get the OMG fire behind me. This weekend I push forward with 500 and 600 degree burns and begin using wood rather than LP.

Sorry I donít have any pictures, Iíll add some soon.

Chris
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:35 AM
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Everything sounds good.

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Old 10-31-2009, 03:26 PM
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Last night I started the burn at 5:30PM and just finished at 2:00PM 20.5 hours and a max temp of 540 degrees. I now have cement board surounding the oven and this is gong to help to get the maximum amount of insulation within this structure.

Tonight I'll run another long burn and figure that I'm 95% there as far as curing. I know the cure instruction indicate run a sieries of long burns ending at about where I now am at, but I want one more long high temp burn and a 2 or 3 carefull, non temp shocking, wood burns ending in the OMG 800 to 900 degree burn. So I guess I have 3 or so more burns to the oven being ready for anything.

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Old 11-09-2009, 08:07 AM
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No more fires since Oct. 31st, :-( but I have the structure insulated top to bottom, front to back and left to right. The roof structure is coming along and I hope to get the box water tight this weekend.

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Old 11-23-2009, 12:59 PM
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Status - November 23.

I have been running up the temp by use of the propane torch and the last burn, several weeks ago, I held a maximum of 540f, for several hours, at the end of 20+ hours of gradual heat increase. Yesterday, Sunday, I started the torch at 9am and built the temp with the door mostly closed, for about 1.5 hours and then started adding almond wood. Once I had a good fire I removed the torch and built the temp to 350 at the top of the soldiers somthing about 500 at the top of the dome. With the door open and keeping the fire low, I added a package of beets to roast and 45 minutes later added a rib roast with foil covering the top, sitting on a bed of roasting vegetables. Once the roast was out I added wood and built up to just shy of a full raging fire. After 20 minutes the dome was clear of soot and reading 850.. I sacrificed a quick margarita pizza to the oven, not quite sacrificed it looked like hell but tasted fine.


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Old 11-23-2009, 08:04 PM
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not quite sacrificed it looked like hell but tasted fine
I like to say If its pretty take a picture then eat it... If its not... Just eat it....

Congrats
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:03 AM
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The last 2, all wood, burns have been to high temps. No smoke where itís not supposed to be and no observed cracks, yet. Iím happy that the propane, LP Gas, method of long sustained, temperature controlled burns, cured things just fine.

Thanks for all of those who are contributing to, and those who have contributed to, the curing forum for your help! For those coming after, Iíll do my best to lend a hand where I can.

Chris
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:50 AM
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I just lit my first fire today. It's been pretty cold (around freezing for the better part of several weeks). The dome has been curing for almost a month while I built and insulated the enclosure. I've been running a fan/heater inside the dome for most of that time, so it's probably well pre-cured and dried out. The ambient humidity has been fairly high, plus I've had a tarp over it for the first few weeks while the heater was on, so much of the moisture likely got trapped and helped keep the mortar damp. Temp inside was probably up to about 100 f or so much or that time. It also sat for a while recently at ambient, about 30 deg. Today's fire was about high 200's for about a half hour, and now it's cooling off. I'm hoping to do two fires a day, morning and evening, as long as it drops to about 50 or so. I'm trying not to let it drop to ambient for now, that's scary cold. Any hints for cold weather curing? Where should I be measuring the temps, top of the dome?
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:12 AM
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Any hints for cold weather curing? Where should I be measuring the temps, top of the dome?
Hi Spazio,, I always measure my temp on the floor, the simple resaon being is that i will always have a constant reference number no matter what im cooking and i have learned to relate that number to my recipes..(hope that makes sense to you), I havent cured in cold weather, but my suggestion would be just ramp up to temp slowly, come down slowly this should help avoiding any massive thermal shocks.. hope this helps
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:00 AM
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When I cured I measured the temperatures all over. I cured with long running fires, starting about 5pm and running till about 9am. I did ramp up slowly and try to stay under the desired temps and then just let everything soak in the ongoing heat. I have seen several post using “heat beads”, charcoal briquettes here in North America, to run long sustained burns. If I didn’t use a burner and I lived in colder areas, I would certainly consider using charcoal briquettes, at least for a couple of the early burns. I liked the long cure method, it made sense to me to keep it hot so as to drive the water out and keep it moving out.

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