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Old 01-09-2009, 07:36 PM
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Carlos - I trust everything OK? You guy's got quite the jolt. Keep us posted if possible.

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:50 PM
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We're OK, thanks. It was pretty strong, and the aftershocks went on through the night. In fact, we felt another small one this afternoon. It was pretty tragic for a lot of people in remote areas, but everyone I know is fine. We had things fall off bookshelves, a few broken pictures, but the house is OK... and so is the oven!

Haven't had time to work on the oven since Wednesday night, but hope to spend Sunday on it before leaving for Honduras for a week. Will post more pictures when I have progress to report.

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:54 PM
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Glad you're okay.
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house is OK... and so is the oven!
Sweet! Great news. We get them here as well, I'm kinda interested how my oven would fair... but I prefer to wait

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Old 01-11-2009, 11:18 PM
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I finished the fourth chain and the internal opening / arch this weekend. Had hoped to do more, but time wasn't on my side. The arch gave me more trouble than I had expected. Had to restart once because I noticed the bricks weren't lining up flush at the front.

I've also decided to start my remaining layers in the center, opposite the opening. My staggered bricks are starting off perfectly at one end, but by the time I reach the other, the smaller circles mean that my bricks are overlapping. I'd rather cut keystones at each end where they won't be visible, and have a better appearance opposite the opening.

I'll be traveling this week, so won't be able to do any more work on it until next weekend, but here are a few more pictures to share my progress...
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I've also decided to start my remaining layers in the center, opposite the opening.
That's just what I did, it works out very well.

I must say that light coloured mortar looks very nice with the fire bricks. This is going to be one great looking dome!
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:44 AM
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The joinery at the arch is really impressive!!!
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It looks really good. Your transitions to the arch are much tidier than mine!

I don't know if you took it out for pictures or what, but if you don't cover your floor with something (paper or cardboard, etc) you will have a royal mess on it when you're finished. Drips, slops and outright glops have a way of falling on the floor, not you, and not outside the dome. Murphy's law, you know...
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:24 AM
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good advice! i've been cleaning as I go, but putting down paper or plastic would be much better! thanks for the advice and the compliments!
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Great photography. The lighting is excellent. Makes for dramatic pics. Nice arch BTW!
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