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Old 06-23-2007, 07:01 PM
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Got some work done today. On to the cooking floor and dome!


Forno Tito-pour.jpg Pouring the structural concrete. We used a heavy duty drill with a mixer blade and 5 gallon buckets. Ibuprofen here I come!
Forno Tito-concrete.jpg Structural concrete completed. Time for lunch!
Forno Tito-mixing-verm.jpg Mixing insulating concrete in the kiddie pool. Mix was 5:1 as in the plans.
Forno Tito-done.jpg Done!
Forno Tito-grainy.jpg This is my worry: the vermiculite mix seems a bit "grainy" - I have read others who felt similar and it all turned out OK, but I admit to some concern. Maybe mixed too dry? Tonight as I run my hand over it, little flecks rub off. Nothing to do for it but wait and see at this point.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:07 PM
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Yep, it's crumbly. I can still pick off pieces with my fingernail weeks later.

If it were solid as a rock, it wouldn't insulate. It's fine.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:50 PM
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Thanks! It's just my compulsive nature to worry.
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:56 AM
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Hey Joe,

How did the heavy duty mixer and blade work? I've done that in the past, and it works well with mortar.

Would you recommend it? Did you kill the drill (along with your back)?

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Old 06-25-2007, 07:12 AM
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We mixed up about 1/2 to 3/4 of a 5 gallon bucket at a time. My neighbor manned the mixer while I filled the buckets with dry concrete and dumped the mixed ones into the form. All in all we were both surprised at how well and quickly it went. We had three buckets going at a time.

The drill survived, as did my back. I perfected a "swing and dump" motion to lift the 5 gallon concrete laden buckets. Actually my legs were the most sore, which I think means I used the right lifting technique.

Incidentally, the vermiculite layer seems to be hardening up nicely - still crumbly on top (like a coffee cake!) but it seems real stable.
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:13 PM
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OK, so I probably should have made the block stand & hearth bigger, but the boss was not gona have it. I was wondering if I could still squeeeeeeeze a 42" in the space I have. The issue becomes space in the front - the landing zone. Right now a 42" oven (on center) gets me pretty close to the front apron. I could squeeze a couple of extra inches out by centering the oven a bit back (but then of course i lose some insullation on the sides. I will go with the smaller oven if needed of course, but my "Toolman Tim" side is grunting "BIGGER!!" at me.

The pictures are of a dry run 42" internal diameter.
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:18 PM
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Well I was on call for July 4, and it was a thankfully quiet day. I had a chance to do some brickwork. I have now completed the soldier course. I decided ultimately to slightly decrease oven size to a shade above 40" - I will also do an extended apron after the dome and vent are complete (inspired by Balty's fine work).

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Soldier course finished - starting to work on the oven opening. I am going simple here - squared off with the angle iron on top. I'll do an arch opening on the facade.
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Finally, I did some work on making my styrofoam forms. I struggled with how to cut the board without making a complete mess and discovered that the old cheap Ginzu steak knife worked best! The glass of wine is optional.

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Old 07-06-2007, 09:43 PM
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Great looking pattern on the floor. I tried and tried and couldn't figure it out and then my wife rode in to the rescue and layed out the nice herringbone pattern like you have. Your stand is also a nice touch. Looking forward to more pictures.

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Old 07-08-2007, 07:40 PM
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Made a bit of progress today - actually got halfway through the 4th course when the rains came. I'll definitely need that 3rd bag of Heat Stop (I bought two) - I'm already a third of the way through the second bag. Contrary to some folk's experience I've heard, this stuff is lump free and in my limited mortar experience, works well.

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Old 07-08-2007, 08:57 PM
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Looks great Joe! Are you going without a form?

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