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Old 11-02-2013, 05:47 AM
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9/4/13 – Onward and upward with the dome. What was fun and exciting at the beginning is starting to become repetitious. Cut firebricks, mixed mortar, set bricks. The exciting part is seeing the progress and realizing this can be done by a layman.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:20 AM
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9/8/13 – As the rows of the dome reach the top and get steeper and steeper, the firebricks won’t stay in place without some assistance. I found this idea on FB and again welded up a quick solution. The rod in the center is adjustable up and down, and the plywood circle can be cut smaller as the dome closes in. The collective brain power on FB of those who have gone before makes it easier for those that come after. Thank you.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:22 AM
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9/9/13 – A view from the interior and exterior as we reached the last firebricks. For the keystone we first mortared two firebricks side by side to each other (2 ½” side to 2 1/2” side). We did the same with two more bricks. After they had cured, we mortared them on top of each other with the joints perpendicular. We traced the inside shape of the keystone and then the outside and transferred that to our mortared up block of 4 firebricks. We shaped our keystone until it fit nicely both top and bottom, then removed any material either sticking down in the dome or sticking up.
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:54 PM
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9/11/13 – Not much here, just pics of the interior and exterior vent arches. For the most part we just followed those that went before us with our oven.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:10 AM
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9/13/13 – We able to order flue pipe at our local masonry supply store of a size that would work. We added a few transition bricks and mortared the flue in place. Also a pic looking up and out of the flue. We later extended it higher above our final enclosure.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:33 AM
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We finished our oven and we cannot foresee building another one. If anyone could use our IT tool, we will send it to you minus the threaded rod. It will be easier to ship with just the two end peices, you just supply to rod.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:13 PM
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9/15/13 – We decided to separate our upper enclosure from the support stand with a concrete apron or curb. This is more or less just a cosmetic detail, although it does give us a little larger work space at the oven entry.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:15 PM
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9/20/13 – Because our oven is on the patio just outside our dining room area, we decided to go with an enclosure and not just insulate and stucco the dome. In the first two pics below, we are playing with the brick layout and in the third we have started laying them.
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:15 AM
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9/26/13 – Progress on the enclosure continues upward with the first of two arches. During this process we are also insulating the oven dome with 8” of perlite/cement as we work our way up. When the walls reached finished height, we filled the rest of the void between the enclosure and the oven with Ύ” gravel to support the concrete roof to come. Perlite was just too expensive to use just as filler.
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:16 AM
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10/10/13 – Completed oven enclosure with concrete roof poured. Below the apron or curb, we plan to cover the concrete block with rock collected from our property. We are not sure how that will go, but heck, so far so good.
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