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Old 02-23-2011, 08:56 PM
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The pour went very well. I had some help today from my brother in-law and a good friend of mine. The work went fast with their assistance. Now I will let it sit for a few days then start removing the forms.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:43 PM
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I bought some foam board and drew the outside diameter of the oven and cut it out. I got the idea from "Ken's Old Kentucky Dome" build. Now I will use it to see where I want to place the oven. Right now I'm trying to figure out how big I need to have the hole for the vent so the chimney draws correctly before I start cutting the bricks. There are so many questions that I have. Fortunately so far I get my answers from reading previous threads and looking at the photos that everyone has put in.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:46 AM
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Very nice brian. its coming along great.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:28 AM
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I bought some foam board and drew the outside diameter of the oven and cut it out. I got the idea from "Ken's Old Kentucky Dome" build. Now I will use it to see where I want to place the oven. Right now I'm trying to figure out how big I need to have the hole for the vent so the chimney draws correctly before I start cutting the bricks. There are so many questions that I have. Fortunately so far I get my answers from reading previous threads and looking at the photos that everyone has put in.
Looking great! You can go to the photo gallery for ideas. How are you planning to insulate the oven floor from the hearth? I used some insulation....If I had it to do over, I might use vermicrete -the insulation I used compressed a bit (one eigth of an inch).
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Looking great! You can go to the photo gallery for ideas. How are you planning to insulate the oven floor from the hearth? I used some insulation....If I had it to do over, I might use vermicrete -the insulation I used compressed a bit (one eigth of an inch).
Hi Lburou, What did you use for insulation, may I ask? I am planning on using 4" foamglas hoping it won't compress that much!
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Hi Brian,
Nice work! I Am super jealous of your warmer weather and ability to work on your oven in Feb.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Again, great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 03-08-2011, 09:12 PM
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Dustin, Thanks. Hopefully you will be at this stage soon.

LeeB, I have looked at the gallery a couple of times and have found some great ideas.
I am going to use FB insulation board for under the floor. I have not seen any problems with the floor compressing with this product. My floor will be 2.5" thick.
What was the time frame that you noticed the drop?

John, Thanks. I am fortunate that I can work on the oven during the winter and get ready for the summer.

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Dustin, Thanks. Hopefully you will be at this stage soon.

LeeB, I have looked at the gallery a couple of times and have found some great ideas.
I am going to use FB insulation board for under the floor. I have not seen any problems with the floor compressing with this product. My floor will be 2.5" thick.
What was the time frame that you noticed the drop?

John, Thanks. I am fortunate that I can work on the oven during the winter and get ready for the summer.

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Brian

Sorry to be so slow to respond. I looked at the box from my insulation. It is PBX by American Fibrex, or something very close to that. I estimate a one eighth inch compression around the bottom of the dome.

That compression left the center bricks a little high. Stepping on them brings them down flush where I want them. It is likely that your insulation is more rigid than mine.....the FB insulation has proven to be the one to use. It will take a bit more vigilance on my part, but mine will work out fine (a good thing my dome is still open).

Best Regards Brian

P.S. Don't know just when the compression took place...Probably as the chains went up....I would NOT use this insulation under the oven floor again!!!
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Wow, oddly enough my name is Brian and I also live in Ventura. I started my oven a few weeks ago and am just to the point of building the floor and dome(pics attached).

I was going to start on the dome this weekend but after reviewing and looking over countless pictures and messages in this site I have decided to expand the Pizza oven to include an open fire pit to one side. So I figured I would save the finish brick work until after the structure is complete.

Good to know there in also someone else in the area going through the same thing.


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Old 03-17-2011, 10:49 PM
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Bmwdiver (Brian),

Yeah! That is a coincidence. It seems that our process is about at the same stage of the build. I'm going to start cutting the brick for the floor sometime during this next week as long as the rain gives me the chance. It will be nice to start building the dome.

What size is your oven going to be? Are you using the Forno Bravo plans?

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I hope your oven is going well with the floor situation.

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