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Old 02-03-2011, 04:23 PM
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I would have to see some pics and references of finished ovens before I would let a random mason build one for me. And I would make sure they followed the FB plans exactly.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:10 PM
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Interesting that we've had two reports in the last 2 or 3 days of hired professional masons building ovens with serious flaws (and many other similar reports over the last few years). In almost every situation the "pro" deviated from the plans based on his own "experience"... Oops.

I can't think of one amateur builder on here that has had anything but excellent results by carefully following the plans.

Get some HeatStop50 and rebuild it on your own. I had never even picked up a brick before I started my oven. You really CAN do it!
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:46 AM
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It is not strange to me. Skilled masons know how to lay brick, block and stone. They do not design the structures they build, nor do they specify what materials and anchoring systems are to be used. In my experience, most masons are not real knowledgeable about the whys of what they do, nor do they need to be, since they normally get no say in the matter. Their skill is the technical skill of putting units in the wall in an efficient manner.

The above is a broad generalization, because there are at least 3 professional masons that I know of on this board who can and do design and build wonderful ovens. Of the several thousand other masons I know professionally, however, there may be a 1/2 dozen who could do so.

edit- To clarify, 1/2 dozen who could design an oven from scratch. Any competent mason should be able to build a perfect oven from the FB plans.

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The above is a broad generalization, because there are at least 3 professional masons that I know of on this board who can and do design and build wonderful ovens.
I agree completely and didn't mean for my comment to sound like a generalization. My (perhaps poorly made) point was that when folks start deviating from the fundamental concepts of the plans, we start to hear about problems.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:24 PM
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Exactly. My oven shares nothing in common with the FB plans other than the concept of a highly insulated wood-fired heat soak. For general use, the FB DESIGN is superior to mine, but I had slightly different goals in building mine.
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Ts, you obviously know what you are doing and why. And as you point out ONLY a hand-full are capable of designing an oven of this sort. Ken, I think you have a point that you cannot just leave this up to any old mason. You have to watch the building and be certain that the plans are followed. My experience is that the tradesmen usually think they know more than the Architect or Engineer.

I remember when we were investigating the Challenger space shuttle incident. Someone decided to allow the rubber o-rings to soak in TCE rather than just wipe them down and dry prior to installation. We proved that a 30 minute soak in TCE could replicate the incident. Someone thinking they are doing something a better way isn't always better. If you are using one of these masons from the site you can bet they know what they are doing, but just one off the street I wouldn't trust to do the right thing without proper supervision.
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Amen to watching your tradesmen! I have countless stories of changes made without approval which cause nothing but headaches due to "experience". Some work, but many do not.

When I spec'ed out the plumbing in my house, the plumber (40 years experience) told my wife we did not need 3/4 inch back to the kids section (after I told him to put it in due to design considerations of how the plumbing is routed).

She heard saving some money and went with the 1/2 inch piping. Now, since the plumbing is buried, and the kids cannot have their showers at the same time, I am looking at re-piping almost 70 feet due to this $50 savings. Thank goodness for PEX - it will cost me around $250 and a days worth of labor to correct. I will do it myself correctly.

And no, I am not a plumber/mason/etc. I are a Chemical Engineer who designs and installs stuff all the time for the Mine I work at (along with too many other details that I love to do!)
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Check out " help wrong dimentions" in the guidline section ot the forum
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Chem Eng here too. Why do we have so many Chem Engs on this forum? Missing the organic chemistry lab, I guess. Yes just look at "wrong dimensions" thread.
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