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Old 02-26-2013, 09:07 AM
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Re door dimensions 20"x12.5"
The wider the door the more heat you let out, and the more narrow (combined with the depth of the entry and landing) the more difficult to reach the side of the oven.
Regarding the height, I would choose a dome height (for a 40 inch diameter oven, 20 inches, or lower) and make the door height 63% the dome height. This ratio affects the air flow into the oven / and combustion of fuel.

Thanks, so i will do the dome height 20" tall, therefore the door opening height should be 12.6" (based on a 63% calculation) and the width should still be 20" ? is there anything im missing?
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:05 PM
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From the FB Pompei plans Pompeii Oven | Oven Dome Construction, the specs for a "High Vault" oven are:

Interior Diameter = 42
Interior Height = 20
Opening Width = 20
Opening height = 12.5

At 36 inches on a high vault, the width of the opening is 19". I think any thing between these points will work great.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:46 PM
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Hey Gang,

My buddy and I drove down to the brickyard and had them load up the truck with some Muddox firebricks, the Alumina content is 27%. I decided not to go with the high Alumina bricks i was planning on building with.

Here they are



And here im just dry laying and selecting the better bricks for the floor. May i state that the Muddox bricks are not straight at all, very curvy, and not true at all. Im going to have to level them with sand underneath and fill in the side gaps with sand, just like you would with pavers.




And here i used a few different sanding/grinding pads/stones to get and idea of what the countertop might look like, after i sand, polish and stain i will seal it with a concrete sealer.


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Old 03-02-2013, 05:16 PM
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They look very simular to the wire cut brick that I used for my dome. The dome is all cuts, they will work fine. I did buy pressed brick for my floor, but all cracks fill with ash anyways .
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Very true. These were just randomly laid, im sure i can make them work better when i actually have the 4" Cal-Sil down
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:35 AM
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You WANT some gaps in the floor and between floor and wall. I laid mine too tight up against the back wall (I have a vault) and the second fire resulted in a crack right up the middle of the back wall.,,right through a couple of bricks. Not a big deal as far as structure, but it was avoidable had I left a little room. As mentioned above, the gaps between bricks fill with ash anyway.

I used muddox as well. The sides were curvey, but I found the thickness of the bricks to be very uniform. I used no sand/fireclay to level.

Here is the crack.

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Wow i hope i can avoid that thanks for the advice. I am aware about the gaps but didnt think the actual floor needs gaps. The bricks differ in all aspects. Sides front and faces. Im gonna have to use mortar to fix the imperfections.
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No mortar, imperfections adds charm. Just look in the mirror and see what I mean.
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You WANT some gaps in the floor and between floor and wall. I laid mine too tight up against the back wall
That is a pretty wicked crack line - looks like a lightning strike. I'm not sure the floor brick had anything to do with that. Is it possible that the hearth was compromised?
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No mortar, imperfections adds charm. Just look in the mirror and see what I mean.
Lol very true, im only 26 so not to much of that now.
I can understand the imperfections but the dome rows should be similar and the floor surface should be flat, no worries its apart of building these amazing structures.

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