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Old 03-29-2010, 06:49 AM
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:18 PM
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Thanks for the compliments. It's been a lot of work. My wife has just about had it with the whole thing but I think she'll get over it.

I just finished the pouring the last of the concrete counter weekend before last. That last peice was the landing section and I precasted it upside down so the surface would be ultra smooth. I want it to set up for about two weeks before I move it so I plan to post some updated pics then. All that is really left to do now is the tile band but most of the heavy work is done.

I also did a cool prep table out of granite that isn't in any of the pictures here but I will post pics of that also soon.

I've cooked in it several times and I'm really starting to get the hang of the pizzas. My next meal I plan on smoking a brisket. I haven't used the smoker a whole lot yet so I need to practice.

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Sorry to bring up a old thread but i absolutely love this build. Can you share what you used to flue the smoke to the oven. Do you have any pictures? how often do you find yourself using the smoker box, and this is for cold smoking right?
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:24 PM
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Thanks for the love V-wiz. Go back to post number 67 in the thread and you can see it pretty clearly. I basically blocked out an opening in the structural concrete hearth above one of the empty cells in the CMU. I then cut a hole in in the side of where the smoker box was going to be located. I also left a hole in the inner oven dome where I have an un-mortared brick that can be removed when I want to smoke something in the oven. The 90 degree transition between the structural hearth base and the oven wall is just a valley formed out of the cement perlite mix which I skimmed with high temp mortar. On top of that valley is a couple of fire bricks cut lengthwise to make a "leave-in-place" top form which I covered with more perlite concrete. That left a tunnel for the smoke below. I then just insulated the rest of the dome to the top in stages as I brought up the brick on the outer dome.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:58 PM
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"Generate the fires of hell" is one of the best quotes I've seen in the forum. LOL!
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"Generate the fires of hell" is one of the best quotes I've seen in the forum. LOL!
Hey, I think I own that one, but then again - I named my oven Diablo's Den...
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I know its old thread.. but I,m new.. this is a very inspirational thread.. ty for all the pix and your patience ..
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:47 AM
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Hello again everyone!

It has been a loooong time since I posted any updates. I frankly kind of got 99% done with the oven and was so burned out, I had to take an extended break. Not long after my last post, I finished the landing and the top around the outside of the oven. I also did a pretty cool granite prep table next to the oven. I still need to do the tile band around the outside of the oven - and the main reason that isn't done is because I haven't found a tile I like yet. That will be another post though.

So I wanted to show you how I did my top and landing at the mouth of the oven. I will start by saying that I am not real satisfied with it. I did it with colored concrete but it did not come out as strong or smooth as I would have liked - even after attempting to densify and polish the top. If I had to do it all over again, I would probably just spend the money for granite.

My initial plan was to break the top up into 5 separate pieces and precast the each piece and set it into place. I experimented with concrete mix quite a bit until I got it the color and strength that I thought would work. I then made a masonite template which I cut to the size of the piece of top that I was making. I used that template to place my edge forms on another piece of masonite. The idea behind this was that the face of the masonite is pretty slick and I would oil this real well and cast it face down - that way I would theoretically have a very smooth top without having to be an expert concrete finisher - which I'm not. That turned out to be a massive pain. When I went to install it, it was a nightmare fitting it flush to the round face of the brick. I ended up having to saw out a recess in the brick to get it to fit well. After that experience, I decided to cast the three side and back pieces in place and finish them as well as I could figuring these were not going to be as visible as the landing. For the landing I went ahead and did a precast piece as you can see in the pictures.

I reinforced all the pieces with some light gage metal fabric as you can see in one of the pictures. The pieces were only 2-1/4Ē thick so they would flush out with the oven floor so I didnít want to use anything really heavy. This is causing a failure in my landing. I will take some pictures and post how the pieces look today (about 4 years later).
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:09 AM
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Here is what the top looks like today. As you can see, I'm getting cracking in the center of the landing piece. You can also see how rough the surface came out. When I made the mix, I tried to reduce the water cement ratio as much as I possible. But I wanted a really high slump mix to avoid any air pockets. I even bought a gallon of plasticizer admixture from the local ready-mix plan so I could keep the slump high and keep the water cement ratio low. I must have still not had enough cement in the mix though.
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The horizontal crack looks like a cold joint from when you poured. If you support it with some temporary props you could inject some epoxy
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