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Old 05-25-2010, 08:33 AM
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:29 AM
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I made some progress this weekend. :-)
3 layers down and my newly restored arch in place. Perhaps good that arch number 1 failed as you will see in this pic, I took the advice elsewhere on the site (which was actually about a shaped doorway) and made the arch smaller to retain more heat, yet leave a larger gap at the bottom for a very large pizza. (The stack of bricks inside the oven is to act as temporary protection for the arch so that the baboons don't jump on it sideways & break it before I have a solid structure

Man this is fun !
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Old 06-20-2010, 02:17 PM
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I told my baboons if they got anywhere near my oven before it was finished they were grounded for life. Your baboons are not teenagers, I will assume.
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Old 06-20-2010, 04:52 PM
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:14 PM
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I hate it when the baboons jump on my arches before they have had time to set up.
Nice to see the progress Dolf. Enjoy the process, the food is even better.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:11 AM
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Yes, the baboons in question have loooong tails and do not carry any of my genes that I will admit to. My 21y old "baboon" studies mechanical engineering and can probably calculate the stresses in the arch ;-)
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:10 PM
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Hi All
(Don’t worry about the look of the oven yet as there is a stone front coming to cover all over the front)

As per my posting re the raised chimney, I have now obtained & used the insulation bricks to separate the oven from the vent. The black line you see between the landing arch and the insulation brick is a channel in which I plan to slide my draft door.

I am quite happy with the progress, but the angle & slide inclination on the arch is slowly getting interesting.

Cutting of bricks still an issue as the blades just don’t last. These bricks are really hard :-(

Still having loads of fun!

Dolf
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:39 PM
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Hi Dolf,

your oven is looking really great.

Bela Bela is in such a beautiful part of the world. I've got family not too far from there up on the Lapalala Reserve.

Good luck and I'll definitely keep an eye on your progress.

Joe
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:16 AM
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Thanks Joe!
While I know I am biast to both oven and area, I love both :-)
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:55 AM
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Rejoyce with me please friends! I found the right rock
I have been searching for the right rock to use as a natural landing entrance for my oven. Most rocks are either not big enough or flat enough to offer any reasonable surface or if the one side is nice & smooth, then the thing is so thick, there is no way I will be able to handle it to get it out of the bush to a road. But then on Saturday morning I found what I believe to be ideal :-)

As per the pic below, the dimensions are roughly 700x350x180
I only had to cut a small triangle out on the one side to get the fit I want. The plan is to fit shaped insulation bricks in the gap between the landing and the oven floor. (The outer arch will still be built with rock so the bricks you see are not planned to be the visible end)

At this stage I do not plan to do anything to the top op the insulation bricks as I believe it will fill up with ash. Should I rather seal it with something?
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