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Old 10-24-2010, 09:11 AM
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what about how the dome covers the side edge of the floor helping hold in the floor heat rather than it moving out the side?
That doesn't matter whether the very bottom side edge is the floor or the first course of the dome, it will be completely enclosed in insulation anyway. Makes no difference from that standpoint.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:00 AM
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what about how the dome covers the side edge of the floor helping hold in the floor heat rather than it moving out the side?
I'm afraid I don't understand the question at all. If you are asking if you can build the dome on top of the floor, the answer is yes, that's the way I did it. As far as heat retention, it all pretty much heats up, and hence expands, at a uniform rate.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:41 AM
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I have read through numerous threads on this topic and have not read anything that gives definitive proof of "dome on floor" or "dome outside of floor" being better than the other. My floor is inside of the dome and it works fine. I would think it would be easier to place the dome on floor since you don't have to make the round cuts on the floor brick. As for the soldier course, I think I would build my next oven with half soldiers. I haven't had any issues with lateral forces acting on the top of my full soldiers, but my oven is only a couple of years old.
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