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Old 11-10-2008, 12:37 AM
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Oh, don't you just hate that, when you're not allowed to lift anything and have to depend on others to get anything done?! I remember it all too well...

I'm really glad to hear you've finally got the hearth poured now, that must feel good! It looks very solid on those pics, so hopefully the cracks will be ok.
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Hooray, we've started the dome! I finally feel like we're going to have an actual oven sometime soon. I haven't started mortaring anything yet; that fun will start tomorrow. The Harbor Freight wet saw works like a dream, and my husband concurs that those assembly directions are probably the worst he's ever encountered.



We've changed our mind about the enclosure, and are now going to frame it in and cover in the same stone. It meant we didn't have to be as precise about the floor and insulation cuts.

It is incredibly frustrating having to rely on other people for a lot of things while I'm pregnant, but Drew has really stepped up even though this is my pet project. I'm just delighted that I'm to a part of the project where the heaviest thing I have to lift is an 8 pound brick. I'm allowed to do that!
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:52 PM
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It is incredibly frustrating having to rely on other people for a lot of things while I'm pregnant
It just reaffirms the saying "Nothing will get done when you screw around"

Really , you guy's are off to a fantastic start - good luck and god speed. And congrats on the rug rat - good times!!

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Dome Day II: The Start of Mortaring



Things I have learned today:

--Being able to make nice cakes does not mean that I will have any innate ability to spread mortar well.

--A small flat spatula stolen from the kitchen is a very handy tool in building a wood fired oven.

--Boobs stick out and bonk into the dome and get especially messy. Wear shirts I really really care nothing about, and don't run out to Home Depot without expecting odd stares.

--This takes WAY longer than I would have guessed. I guessed, doubled the time in my mind, and was STILL way under.
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--Boobs stick out and bonk into the dome
It's pretty much stated in every thread - we want pictures.
You are right about raiding the kitchen for tools - I was wise enough to avoid the wrath of wife - I went to the dollar store and bought spoons, buckets, etc...

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--Boobs stick out and bonk into the dome and get especially messy.
Funny, I didn't have that problem!
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Funny, I didn't have that problem!
Sadly, I didn't either... I expect you'll have more trouble with the belly soon, anyway! I had banged up knees, though. From squatting, standing on my hearth, and leaning over to do the brick as I got closer to closing in. But then, I didn't tidy up my joints as I went, either, I just used enough mortar to stick them where I wanted and I used a mortar bag to fill in when I was done. Would have been cool to use a star tip to pipe some rosettes, huh?

You've got a good start there- keep it up! It is a lot easier to put them on flat than when you're doing your soldier course, so it gets better from here. Take care of your back, though, and watch your balance!
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Nikki,

It may be taking awhile, but it looks great! You will have the dome shape in just a couple days at the rate you are working now!

And then it is just a bit more work and you will be cooking...

Keep up the good work.

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Sadly, I didn't either...
Yeah, well I don't normally have these mondiferous conostihogans, either. Guess I'm not used to them. Think I can get this etsy seller to modify her shirt?



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I'm going to have to google that one.

Awesome Nikki, thanks for the pic - you're a great sport! Keep us posted on the progress of your child - WAY more important than an oven...

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