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ThisOldGarageNJ 04-29-2009 09:14 AM

*** First Fire ***
Hello All,

I will be completing my dome this weekend. My question is how long after the last brick, do i light the first drying fire ?

Thanks all for your help.


dmun 04-29-2009 09:55 AM

Re: *** First Fire ***
Keep it damp for one week. What are you insulating with? Vermiculite concrete takes a long time longer to dry than blanket insulation.

ThisOldGarageNJ 04-29-2009 10:14 AM

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I will be insulating with kaowool 8# then vermiculite (vermicrete) ... shoud i build a fire before i insulate ?

Vickie 04-29-2009 11:14 AM

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Congratulations Mark!
You move fast! Make sure you give us some pictures of the oven.

I waited 10 days for the first small fire, then one every day for a week. I think I roasted peppers on day 4 and then had knockwurst on day 7...

Don't worry if it cracks, they all do it! It adds character!!!

dmun 04-29-2009 01:32 PM

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Insulate first or after is about an even split among builders. I think you have less chance of cracks if you insulate first, but many successful ovens have been fired bare.

Neil2 04-29-2009 08:35 PM

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Wait at least one week -keep the vermiculete damp.

ThisOldGarageNJ 05-12-2009 03:12 AM

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thanks all for your help........

ThisOldGarageNJ 05-14-2009 05:32 AM

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had my 2nd firing last night,,, all went well.. not a crack to be seen, though im sure one will pop up somewhere,,

looking forward to the last fire

thanks all

Bob C 05-14-2009 07:37 AM

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just be very's worth the wait!


CajunKnight 05-27-2009 10:36 AM

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nice job, it is worth the wait. :cool:

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