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Old 10-22-2007, 03:18 PM
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Ken, it looks like you have straight cuts throughout the dome building process. Some have done cuts ranging from none to 3/4 sides. Please confirm how many sides you continue to cut, because the work looks great. We have some that wish to perfect the dome, some to get it done, some to learn along the way.
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Would you have opened that last package?
Or left it alone.. i.e. "Hank's Style?"
That was a FedEx Jet in that movie. UPS doesn't lose airplanes or packages (knock on wood).

The "last package" was a SatPhone with a fully charged battery (had he opened it, he would have been off the island in about 4 hours).
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That was a FedEx Jet in that movie. UPS doesn't lose airplanes or packages (knock on wood).

Crumb ... that's right.

I never get those movies right.


Yeah, I would knock on wood too!
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Ken, it looks like you have straight cuts throughout the dome building process. Some have done cuts ranging from none to 3/4 sides. Please confirm how many sides you continue to cut, because the work looks great. We have some that wish to perfect the dome, some to get it done, some to learn along the way.
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I have used all sorts of cuts. My first few courses have cuts on three sides. The last course I did (#9) has 2 cuts; the left and right sides and a shim to prop up the back.

I use a piece of string and a broken pencil to work out my cuts. I made all the blocks for my 8th course too tapered (oops). I used them anyway. They were (barely) within my personal tolerances. As you know, Hendo, Les, Dmun and others use spreadsheets and formulas to cut their bricks. They're amazing; I don't have enough "Pills" to keep up with those guys!

Every course has taught me a bit more (my second oven will be perfect!). No matter who's ideas you borrow for your oven, you'll quickly get your own feel and building style based on your skill level and personality.

...and we can't wait to see it!
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As you know, Hendo, Les, Dmun and others use spreadsheets and formulas to cut their bricks. They're amazing; I don't have enough "Pills" to keep up with those guys!

Ken - truth be told - I'm winging it. All my cut's are pretty much "eyeballed". I am only cutting one side of the brick using a shim. Have no clue on how many courses that will apply. I start in the middle of the course and do the left side then move the shim over to cut the right - kinda "divide and conquer" approach.

Your work is AWESOME! With the clean exterior, I assume that you won't be adding any additional cladding? I am adding the extra mass as I plan on insulating the hell out of this. I think it would be fun to go out the next day and cook something from the previous fire.

In regard to the "pills", I stated this in a previous post - it comes in cans.

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Alright Ken, I was your biggest fan until you mentioned no lost packages, although I will never ship with anyone other than UPS...I have "lost" a couple.
Damn shame about Hanks and that SATphone...Although I think he really enjoyed the alone time with Wilson.
Les, have you tried the pills in the brown 12 oz bottles?? My neighbor is the real addict, though.....he gets his in large silver barrels and keeps them in a special refrigerator.

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I think we need a photo of Les before he gets his refill on the pills, and of him back on them
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[QUOTE=Ken524;17816]I use a piece of string and a broken pencil to work out my cuts.

You have no idea how much better that makes me feel!

(my second oven will be perfect!). QUOTE]

Yeah, that's what I keep tellng myself too...
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With the clean exterior, I assume that you won't be adding any additional cladding? I am adding the extra mass as I plan on insulating the hell out of this. I think it would be fun to go the next day and cook something from the previous fire.
I haven't decided yet. I thought it would be nice to keep the dome clean and use 3" of blanket on it. If it cracks, I can easily pull the blankets and see the extent of the problem while curing (assuming I go with an enclosure).

On the other hand, I really like your thoughts about extra thermal mass. I'm sort of leaning that way. I may go with an inch of HeatStop.
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Ken, I get more and more impressed that you continue to provide 100% EFFORT. No giving up and shortcutting. With regards to formula on a heavily insulated oven for long heat retention, I am going to build mine with this formula. 42" Oven, Tuscan style.
Below is per side of dome:
Refmix mortar 1"
Insulfrax Blanket 2"
Matrilite 18 3"
Vermiculite 3"
Metal studs 1per side (2.5")
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