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Old 05-31-2010, 05:59 AM
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A question regarding my dome...

I know that my mortar joints are larger than a lot of the really well done ovens with tight joints. Will the size of my mortar joints cause me any problems in terms of cracking when I cure the oven? Are there any precautions I should take?

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Old 05-31-2010, 06:56 AM
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I know that my mortar joints are larger than a lot of the really well done ovens with tight joints. Will the size of my mortar joints cause me any problems in terms of cracking when I cure the oven?
No problem. There is even some evidence that infinitesimal mortar joints may be more subject to cracking than ones with some mortar between them. Just cure normally.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:14 PM
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Progress! I will start curing soon...I think I am going to use the charcoal method for the first few fires. I'm going to get them started outside of the oven in a tray and once they get going I'll put them in the oven. I realize there is some difference of opinion as to whether or not you should use them but it makes sense to me to provide a nice even heat. It seems if you can cook a filet over charcoal you can cure an oven with it...

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Old 07-02-2010, 07:42 AM
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We are almost home. Only two things to finish-I'm having a copper roof put on and Newl Orleans style gas lanterns...I wish my plumber and roofer would hurry up.

Tonight is my big fire! I've been using a propane roofer's torch to start my fires-quick and easy and gets them going strong from the get go.

Thanks to all who contribute to this site and make this process so much easier.

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Old 07-12-2010, 02:30 PM
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Wow, very impressive.
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Hello Franco,

Your oven is looking great. Thanks for posting the pictures.

Could you tell me what kind of material you used for the countertop? It looks really nice.

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Old 07-13-2010, 08:27 AM
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Thanks Brauma! They roofers are finishing the copper roof and the gas lanterns are hung...I will post a photo of the finished product in the next few days. I think the copper is going to really be a nice finishing touch.

GTL, the counter is just poured, stamped concrete. You use a rubber mold to create a split granite edge. You also use concrete dye and a finishing powder to give it color and texture. If you want more product information or detail on how to do it, just let me know.
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:38 PM
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Finito!

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Very cool copper roof!
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