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Old 07-18-2007, 10:19 PM
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Yo. I'm on day three of the seven day cure, and I have a lot of extra time on my hands.. Would it be bad to light two fires per day of the same heat? Letting the oven go back to cold between each fire? I want Chernobyl in there on Sunday...
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:17 AM
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I did 2 fires a day for the first 3 days...one in the morning and again in the evening. No problems with mine.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:19 AM
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Ah someone with copious free time on their hands. What you are talking about is heat soaking the oven to cure it. In the instruction James says to light a series of fires once a day where the oven is brought up to a increasingly higher temperatures. The idea is of a working mans 9-5. he comes home and lights a fire. What a bout the freelancer who has time to kill and a burning desire to get on with with it. Why not make it more like a kiln? Slowly bring the heat up and never relent until you are done?

Question for our Brickmen - does this driving out the heat relentlessly decrease the strength of the bond? i.e. most concrete needs a 28 to 30 day set before it has achieved a large portion of its final strength. The mixes that FB sells and Heat stop are of different chemical properties and probably have different curing needs.

Do we really need to let the oven cool down if the purpose of the fires is to drive off moisture?
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Old 07-19-2007, 09:28 AM
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Nick, JE, RT,

I always advise caution and time with curing fires. However, if the oven is allowed to REALLY cool down between fires, it should be okay. You're gonna need about ten hours between them, I think. Refractory mortars do have a different composition, but so far as I know the 28 day rule for a full cure and full strength still applies.

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Old 07-19-2007, 11:08 AM
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Jim - I am playing the role of Rednick here. But I really want to go fast and I need to have a real burn this Sunday.

What is the mechanism needs or chemistry or action that is occurring during the cool down the necessitates the cycling action of applied heat and then a rest and slow cool down.

I think we are at the point of just because you said so isn't going to satisfy the why. I understand the wait 28 days for a cure after all I have been to Boulder dam and dad is an engineering geologist in thin arch and earthen dams so i get the cure time. At a loss as to what is going on during applied heat.
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:19 AM
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JE,

Curing is an exothermic reaction. So far as I understand it, the heat and cooling cycling allows the material to expand and contract as it cures, thus strengthening the final, cured product. Refractories can be brittle unless you allow for this, leading to cracking, I think.

Incomplete, but the best I can do. You gotta envy those with copious amounts of free time.

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Old 07-19-2007, 12:53 PM
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Thanks fellas.. I'm going to go for it with a second 300 degree fire now.. Noon, and burn a four hundred degree one at Ten tonight.. I have faith.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:44 PM
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I can only speak from my experience and my interpretation of the instructions and the many posts I've read.

My first fire (if you want to call it that) was to 200 degrees. With an outside air temp of around 90 degrees and the surface temps about the same inside the oven......it really only took 3 or 4 wads of newspaper to reach 200 and only lasted seconds. As I understood the instructions - just reach that temp and let it burn out, don't maintain it for hours. The cool down from 200 to 90 only took 2-3 hrs. I then proceeded to do the same for 300 degrees...letting it cool down overnight.
Day 2, I went to 400 - just reaching a surface temp inside the dome, no saturation. I believe this was at 7 or 8 am on a Sunday, at 10 or 11 pm the bricks had cooled to the outside air temp so I proceeded to 500...this being the first actual real fire - using quite a few 1" - 1 1/2" sticks, probably lasted 10-15 minutes. let it burn out, shoveled out the small coals and ashes.
Actually had to let it sit until Tues evening before attempting 600 degrees (was out of town for work on Monday).....I have no more spare time than anyone else - the main reason I was building a fire at 11 pm on a Sunday.

In any case...I followed the instructions and allowed for complete cooling before each hotter fire. Even though I double up on 2 days it still took me a full week to cure...for some reason my company expects me to work if I want to get paid (helps pay for these projects).

Nick...as long as you go through a complete heat and cool cycle for each fire, there shouldn't be any issues. If I am not mistaken, it has been a few weeks since you actually completed your dome, so its had a good bit of time to cure naturally.....you just need the heat cycles now.
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:06 PM
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A while back, I found my refractory mortar manufacturer's recommendations for "initial heat-up". I assume this refers to the procedure of heat curing the oven prior to using the first time, rather than for each use(!). I posted it on this thread at http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/16/o....html#post8498 (Oven Curing). The graph shows a gentle ramp at 50C (90F) per hour to 200C (392F) and holding at this temperature for hour per inch of lining thickness. After this, the recommendation is to ramp at no greater than 200C (360F) per hour up to operating temperature.

How one would do this with a small wood fire is not immediately obvious to me, but it does run counter to the cycling approach mentioned here. I wonder if the cycling method was introduced to take into account the (9-5) work commitments of most builders, or is there another reason for it?

Paul.
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Old 08-14-2007, 12:45 PM
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James,

In the initial post you included even the Artigiano in the need for gradual curing fires. Is this because of the oven itself or the masonry built around it? Currently my Artigiano sits on a completed hearth stand waiting for the Concrete Countertop contractor (me) to get his act together and build the oven landing/hearth. The Artigiano sat in my garage for months waiting for the rains in Texas to stop and now it has been sitting in the heat for few weeks.

My family is drooling at the thought of pizzas from the Artigiano and I'm curious what curing fires must be done for my oven in this state? Do I need to proceed with the weeks worth of fires if my oven is unenclosed and sitting on the stand? Later on, what about once it has been enclosed in a steel stud doghouse type enclosure?
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