Old 06-04-2013, 01:10 PM
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Default Re: Poor mans Refactoring cement as Castible.

No don't use the 3 hole bricks in the oven. They will not hold the heat well enough and are the most Lilkly to break down in the oven. Your better of using pressed clay brick commons or pressed clay pavers. Save you 3 hole bricks for outside the dome. Use the firebrick for the hearth.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:10 PM
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Default Re: Poor mans Refactoring cement as Castible.

Yes, ok - thanks cobblerdave. Good advice.
I am at a stand still with my build. As you can see by my pic above (and below), I have the base built with the insulation layer applied. Fire bricks are hard to come by here and I have a few options regarding my oven design choice.
I have a stainless barrel that I could use as a barrel dome style liner, onto which I would apply a dense refractory and then an insulation layer. Maybe finish the outside with those red three holers.
Any thoughts on this vs the traditional brick dome build as far as efficiency, use etc? Cost isn't my main concern. If I am going to make the effort to build an oven, I would like it to work well and hold up. I have the parts to build the stainless lined barrel dome but will wait to find more fire bricks if the traditional "igloo" dome is preferred?
I'd appreciate hearing what others here have done and what advice you can provide...

btw - I have two different barrels to choose from - a 15 gallon keg and a 55 gallon drum. I brew beer (hence the name "lovibond69" so I have a lot of stainless laying around.

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