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Old 05-18-2014, 05:43 AM
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Thanks Dave.

I have 2 rolls of 50mm Bradford 650c insulation to do two layers over. Picked this product due to the mesh backing which should make the plastering a bit easier. I am going to leave it bare dome and just do newspaper fires this week to dry it out for a while. Then as you said, wrap the insulation over and insulate and then start larger curing fires.

As for the s/s flue, as you mentioned, i'll see how I go. A SW (normal sea breeze) actually blows away from the house, so might be ok anyway.
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:40 AM
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I live in a Queenslander , two stories , the ovens down wind and has a short chimney. It's down wind from the prevailing winds and surrounded by trees and bush to cut down the gusts and strength of the breezes . Long way from the kitchen , but the old gas BBQ was close and suffered from the wind.I'm lucky to have had some experience to build on in that respect
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Thanks Dave.

I have 2 rolls of 50mm Bradford 650c insulation to do two layers over. Picked this product due to the mesh backing which should make the plastering a bit easier. I am going to leave it bare dome and just do newspaper fires this week to dry it out for a while. Then as you said, wrap the insulation over and insulate and then start larger curing fires.

As for the s/s flue, as you mentioned, i'll see how I go. A SW (normal sea breeze) actually blows away from the house, so might be ok anyway.
I don't really understand, for how long have you kept the mortar wet before firing it up?

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:13 PM
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I don't really understand, for how long have you kept the mortar wet before firing it up?

The dome was left for a couple of days before I tried the newspaper fire, as everything was nice and dry.

Now the weather has changed and its raining it is sitting dormant under a tarp until I can let it dry out again and start some proper curing fires each day.
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Hit 842F on the walls this week, or 450c for other Aussies.

Pretty happy with it all, just possibly needs another roll of insulation over before I texture the dome as it got a bit warm (still can be touched easily though).

Cooking on Monday.

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Can't go wrong with more insulation. But what you've got is probably still a bit damp that's why its hotter than you would expect. It takes a while to truely dry out and damp insulation is really not insulating like it can when dry.
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Can't go wrong with more insulation. But what you've got is probably still a bit damp that's why its hotter than you would expect. It takes a while to truely dry out and damp insulation is really not insulating like it can when dry.
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Thanks Dave,

Took your advice. I had a small (200c) fire going for a few days after this, and also some dry weather. Everything started to come together and the insulation was cool to touch (19c).

Over the weekend I did 2 coats of sand finish skim, and this weekend I will be putting acratex over it to waterproof and give a nice finish.

I had a large fire at the end, so large in fact it blackened the front of the arch, but I like it as it adds some character. The chimney works well, just this was the "scary fire" I guess everyone talked about. 4 logs on sawdust logs got me to 500c (932f) so I am ready to cook this Friday!!

Dome certainly grew in size a lot with the fireclay layer, then insulation, then 2 layers of render.

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Don't burn logs as a rule. Chop then into pieces no thicker than you wrist. Best fires are made with sticks really. Hot and fast not low and slow ovens looking great by the way
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Don't burn logs as a rule. Chop then into pieces no thicker than you wrist. Best fires are made with sticks really. Hot and fast not low and slow ovens looking great by the way
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Thanks Dave, ill chop down some of the bigger pieces.

When I say logs though that is being quite generous, most would range from wrist to bicep thickness, rather than tree log diameter.
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Fuel that size seems fine. No logs there.
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