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ErFornaio 11-08-2009 11:46 AM

Quick Curing Question
I recently had to remove the chimney and replace it. The original construction had not used the correct chimney pipe and had been covered in brick and mortar. Well, in my pizza cooking days, I started seeing significant cracks at the base of the chimney.

Between cracked mortar and the weight of the bricks (chimney was 72 inches high), I started worrying that it could come down on my kids, and I had it changed.

Now, I want to cook in the oven, whose basic structure was left untouched. The only part that war removed was the front and the chimney.

Do you guys think I need to cure the mortar of the chimney base? The exhaust from the oven remained the same as well, so we just built up a part to put on the anchor plate and secure the chimney.

If I have to cure it, is it the same process as before? A full eight days, getting the oven to pizza cooking temp?


ThisOldGarageNJ 11-08-2009 04:54 PM

Re: Quick Curing Question
hey erforn...
By the base, do you mean the arch ?? Would like to see a pic if possible ?? Is it refractory mortar ??? My chimney (firebrick) gets up to 250-300 degrees sometimes, so Im thinking you may need to fully cure,, but would still like to see some pics so I can understand the situation better

ErFornaio 11-08-2009 05:05 PM

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I meant the part right above the arch. The base of the chimney was rebuilt there and then we extended the duratech 8" pipe on top. however, the chimney hole from dome to outside was not touched, as we had no problems with that. i have decided to start the curing process again, though. :-( No pizza for a week!

ThisOldGarageNJ 11-08-2009 05:09 PM

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So basically you replaced the brick with the pipe ??? and there wasnt a lot of cement work involved ??

It certainly wont kill you (i know, i remember waiting) to wait a week,,, Just think of it as insurance so you dont have to repair it again...

Good luck

ErFornaio 11-08-2009 05:15 PM

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Yup... It won't kill me. What I never understood, even in the first time curing, was where to take the temperature of the oven, and what temperature to make the fires. I slowly brought it up to 1000, but was never sure that I had done it right... I guess since it had little cracking inside, I must have done ok.

The inside is refractory, but that base is mostly regular mortar. It gets warm, but certainly not as hot as the firebrick inside.

I may pull the whole thing down next summer and rebuild anyway, just so that I can do it right.

ThisOldGarageNJ 11-08-2009 05:18 PM

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Why tear down,,, If your cooking nice pizza's you did it right...

ErFornaio 11-08-2009 06:21 PM

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Long story short, my floor isn't insulated correctly, so I am having a bit of a problem getting it to the 850, even if they rest of the oven is at >900. I can't see a way to retrofit the insulation without teardown...

I've thought of putting the insulating boards below the concrete base, which would help, but is not ideal...

ThisOldGarageNJ 11-08-2009 06:48 PM

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Ok,, In that case I may have to agree with you,, Are your firebricks mortared to the floor ? I hate to see you tear it down..


ErFornaio 11-08-2009 06:58 PM

Re: Quick Curing Question
Yes, we followed the Pompeii oven instructions, except that we thought we couldn't use vermiculite (that's what the local materials place told us).

I wish the Pompeii oven kit had been advertised in the store (FB) because I would have just purchased that and built it to spec. As it turns out, I saw the kit after I had already had the oven built.

I think the bricks are mortared down. I could have the whole floor taken out, insert the FB boards below and rebuild the floor... Not sure how well that would work out, though, nor how much work it would take...

ThisOldGarageNJ 11-08-2009 07:04 PM

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that could work, only problem is it would change your dome to door height ratio,, I was thinking along those lines,,, I dont know how much the ratio would affect your oven..

you should buy another 30 or so firebrick, lay them over (temporarily) you present floor and see if you can heat the oven better,, I dont know if it will act too much like a heat sink, But i think for 35.00 for the bricks its a cheap test, would like to hear what anyone else thinks...

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