Old 08-20-2010, 04:48 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: dublin
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Default Re: Falling bricks?

Thanks, its a great feeling to seal the dome. The fact that i had tapered bricks definitely made it easier. I used sticks for the 3rd last chain and then put in a platform with sand for the last chain and keystones. Just hope it doesn't crack too much now when fired up but i will take my time with that.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:58 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Columbus OH
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Default Re: Falling bricks?

that is pretty much what I did! I only have two small cracks in the arch, I have not seen anything else yet. Homebrew mortar.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:18 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: new zealand
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i used a swiss ball,you no the kind that gyms have for exercise,pumped it up to the right height and had my valve at the front of the oven so i could let the ball down again,then i packed around the ball with wet towels and other large blankets and covered in wet sand and shaped it to the shape i wanted,i then let it settle for a while and compacted the sand a little so it wouldnt move, then i covered in glad wrap or thin plastic like they use for wrapping goods,then finished my dome,bricks didnt move and i could do the whole job in one day,
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