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Old 03-14-2008, 09:35 PM
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Food for thought...when I fire my oven it is usually up to about 1100 degrees, then let it settle (equalize) down to 900 degrees for pizza, a bit hotter than some, but it works for me. Roasting usually starts with a 500 degree oven which tails off slowly during the bake, finally slow roasting - brisket, ribs, fresh ham shoulder all go in at around 325 degree, keep the door closed and several hrs later you have indescribably delicious meats and side dishes.
I know the brick yard I purchased from described his bricks as being low duty, wire cut bricks for fireplaces, also stated they were for up to 2400 degrees. No issues and I have been firing for about 10 months.

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Old 03-14-2008, 10:28 PM
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Great work as usual dmun. The arch/dome/flue transition is a subject that causes no end of grief and a kit of this kind must be a plus.

I'm not so sure on the dome keystone as it pre-supposes a perfect dome build and judging by the photos every one seems to be different and 'made to measure'

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Old 03-24-2008, 09:09 AM
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Thanks dmun. The shapes as illustrated are beyond our manufacturing capabilities. The engineer that designs our dies played around with them a bit, but didn't come up with anything that wasn't prohibitively expensive or possible with our particular process. I'm afraid we can't be of much help in this case.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:41 AM
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How about half bricks? It seems that would save a lot of cutting............or am I mistaken.

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Old 03-26-2008, 06:55 AM
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Inish.
".... and on the third day", etc etc.,but I shan't labour that point.
I reckon it was good that WG Firebrick took the time to even reply.
Because it's such a niche market, only a fool with money to burn would entertain the concept. (And then there's freight, eh.)
In our dreams maybe. Maybe?
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:18 AM
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I was a potter for 20 years, built many kilns. I rarely used mortar, when planning I ordered wedge-arch-key brick. I'm in Oregon now and haven't been able to find a supplier for these shapes to allow building of a dome from refractory, (fire brick).
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:49 AM
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Tapered firebricks are used in various kiln and furnace applications, and the last time I looked were available in three angles to form three different radii. They are a specialist refractory item, and very expensive. Oddly, different angles have different costs. They are usually available in medium and high duty firebrick. Your local Harbison-Walker distributor should have them.

Once you see the prices, you may want to cut your own.
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:27 AM
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Thanks dmun. The shapes as illustrated are beyond our manufacturing capabilities.
Interesting....My oven is actually comprised of 15 cast firebrick pieces.

9 identical blocks that form the soldiers and lower dome.
1 dome piece
2 opposite side blocks at the entry
1 lintel
1 transition to chimney
1 chimney section with damper

I've always wondered why this would not make a good kit for the homebuilder. Add stand, hearth and a FBmix mortar!
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:49 AM
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I was a potter for 20 years, built many kilns. I rarely used mortar, when planning I ordered wedge-arch-key brick. I'm in Oregon now and haven't been able to find a supplier for these shapes to allow building of a dome from refractory, (fire brick).
Wedges and arches are something we do have the capability of making. We used to supply them to the steel industry. Here's a link to a two sizes that are available. Those produced here are low-duty and not terribly more expensive than straights.
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:55 AM
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This is Great! I've never seen low duty tapered firebricks, let alone affordable ones. Tell me exactly what I'm looking at here:



Are these two different tapers alternating, or one taper alternating with standard firebrick? Do you have an angle or dimensions on the two tapers?

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