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Old 10-05-2008, 06:48 AM
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I really under-anticipated how much Heat-Stop I would need. I am going through this faster than Daren went through saw blades!

How much Heat-Stop did most go through? I feel I'm being conservative, making careful cuts to eliminate much of the gaps between bricks, mixing in small amounts, etc.

Getting more has really become cost prohibitive. It is not available locally, so I need to special order it, with a subsequent fat shipping charge.

I think I'll have to switch to mixing my own very soon. Any tips? I still have some Heat-Stop, but clearly not enough. I thought I'd save that for the stress points. Where do you think those are? Vent/arch/chimney or the rest of the dome?
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:28 PM
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How many bags did you have, and how big is your oven? I used 3 bags of heat stop and still made my own- I used the home brew to fill in the gaps around the outside. My oven's a 36".

I used the fireclay from cutting my bricks- I saved it all along in a bucket. I used the ratio in the plans of sand, fireclay, lime and portland. It's a pretty good mortar to work with.

I was pretty fussy about spilling, picking up and reusing blobs I dropped, etc. I have very little left over, but I did make it through. If you've saved your fireclay, go ahead and make your own. It's good stuff. I didn't use it in the arches or in the dome proper, just for pointing up the outside and cladding.
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Old 10-05-2008, 04:33 PM
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Mike,

I used one bag of heat stop in the beginning, most of it going on the lower levels and the arch. After that, I started using the home made - I only went through one bag of sand so I tossed the rest of the Portland, clay, and lime. I did borrow about a quart of refmix from Acoma for my flue. With that said, I would estimate that it took less than 4 bags for the build.

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No one has done a finer job on the fit and finish of a brick oven Mike. Open that wallet up and buy what you need...We have cooked over 150 pizzas since the 4th of July. Once your project is done and the pizza parties starts the cost of the oven really doesn't matter. You are doing a job that everyone is amazed at, perfect cuts and fit. You must have been a bricklayer in Rome in an earlier life!!! The material costs add up fast, but when it's done, you'll only look back on the fun of the build, not the extra dollars involved. Keep up the fine work, looks great...Those pizzas are getting closer with every brick! Jim
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:04 AM
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You must have been a bricklayer in Rome in an earlier life!!! Jim
That's funny! Certainly made my day. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Bricklaying is quite a divergence from my day to day work. I'm going to miss it once the dome is done.

As far as the wallet goes, I've opened it up, but it's empty!! I might have to dip into the wine cellar budget
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Mike,
Did you ever go and watch the Lions practice at SVSU?
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:34 PM
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No. I've only lived in Saginaw for 4-5 years. I think the Lions moved their training camp to Allen Park in 2002 (I could be mistaken). Nonetheless, I missed out.
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:06 PM
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I tried mixing my own mortar, but was not happy with the consistency. I'm sure it would hold up well, but I've been spoiled with using HeatStop up until now. I followed Jim's advice and "opened up my wallet" for a fourth, and hopefully final, bag of heatstop.

I almost completed the 10th course today. A few bricks short. The wet saw woke my baby up from his nap. That didn't go over well



A few more nice days, and I think I might make it to the keystone before snow!!
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Lookin' great, Mike! Wisconsin is sending you some nice dome-building weather as we speak.
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Mike,

Did you use the FB receipt? I found it to work pretty well, not as good as heat stop, but a fraction of the cost. Also, get the finest sand possible.

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