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If it is runny enough to be poured, it will probably crack. Make it as dry as possible and it should be fine.
Thanks!! I'll use mortar and cure it properly.
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I just went and took some measurements. Mine is 4" thick and begins 9" out from the inner arch. Yours looks like it will be much closer to the heat, so I do not think adding fire clay would hurt.
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I just went and took some measurements. Mine is 4" thick and begins 9" out from the inner arch. Yours looks like it will be much closer to the heat, so I do not think adding fire clay would hurt.
Thanks again. I would definitely use homebrew in this case.

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ok granted that Insulting bricks are too soft.

So Dense Fire bricks it is !
but can a clays be used in vent wall and arch or only on the front arch as decorative cladding? surly if you *can* use red brick in the dome (yes i know its not best/recommended) it would be alright up front.
I used a similar solid pressed brick too. It gives a great contrast against the standard fire bricks. Unfortunately I haven't finished the oven yet so cannot confirm durability yet!!
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I just went and took some measurements. Mine is 4" thick and begins 9" out from the inner arch. Yours looks like it will be much closer to the heat, so I do not think adding fire clay would hurt.
I have a follow-up question regarding using home brew mortar as landing material right up against the oven floor.
Can I add Quikrete's charcoal color pigment to this homebrew? Do you think the high heat would have any effect on this home brew composition?
Would it also be a good idea to add small broken bits and chunks of firebrick as aggregate in addition to sand in the mixture?

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Has anyone used a large terra cotta pot for the vent? I was thinking about casting a semi-circular vent but I think a cheaper and an easier alternative would be to use a large clay planter bowl, inverted and cut to fit above the oven entry. A 6" stove pipe would slip into this vent. My original plan was to use the metal dome lid from my old Weber bbq.

I'm curious if anyone has done this and how it's holding up.

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