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70chevelle 07-10-2008 06:23 PM

A quick photo history

Extended fondation

Fireplace, exterior brick & firebox layout

Hearth poured and barrel started

70chevelle 07-10-2008 06:26 PM

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Vault finished

Entry arch, keystone & fire!

Tomorrow more brickwork, Saturday, set the chimneys, Sunday insulate and start the roof.

70chevelle 07-13-2008 04:06 PM

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Well, not as far as I would have liked! Brick casing is done. I need to get another hearth stone for above the "T" arch. I did pour 8+ cubic feet of vermiculite, with a little portland mixed in to entomb the oven walls. I got 5" of insulation on the sides and about 10" in the rear. The mix was about 10:1, vermic to portland. Another fire tonite.

nissanneill 07-13-2008 04:26 PM

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Hi 70chevelle
looks great so far.
My initial thoughts were, why does he have a chinmey at the rear of the oven but then I saw your fireplace below.
The only problems I see is hitting ones head whilst tending the fireplace from your oven entry shelf or scorching your legs/knees whilst standing admiring and cooking your pizzas.
Then again, you might not have them both going together as I have found that I get alot of infra red heat from my oven whilst cooking especially when in front of the oven.
We have very mild weather here in Adelaide, even in winter it is not the extremes as in places in the US.
You will certainly enjoy it once completed.


70chevelle 07-13-2008 05:36 PM

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Neill, I'm actually finding that the mantle helps project the heat outward, instead of going straight up. It heat the patio area nicely. I'm sure I'll hit my head on it more than once. Not because of the design, but normally when I'm enjoying a fire in the evening, I may enjoy a cocktail or two! I don't intend to make pizza's while the fireplace is going, but I'm sure it will happen. So far everything is working as it should. Can't wait for that first pizza

berryst 07-14-2008 03:36 AM

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very nice!

wesslock 07-14-2008 07:30 AM

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I was considering a fireplace below , love the way it turned out. Was it a lot of addl work to vent out the lower chimney ?
On a side note... Being from Knoxville , brother has a 68 Chevelle convt , of course its Orange with white racing stripes.

Good work.

70chevelle 07-14-2008 08:03 AM

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Weslock - The work wasn't too hard, but the planning and integration was a little taxing. The plans for building an oven are plentiful on this sight and others, and also for building a fireplace. I was heavily dissuaded from building as I did here, but I just didn't have room, budget or materials to do 2 seperate structures, so it was a tradeoff for me. I don't have the flue's totally installed yet, but the venting works pretty well so far for both the oven and fireplace. The fireplace venting drew the majority of the caution. I read up on Rumford style fireplaces, and loosely based mine on what I read about them. The rear wall of my fireplace leans inward to an opening. That opening goes into the smoke chamber and then up to the flue. Once I get a good fire burning, I get very little out the front. Even when I do get some smoke out the front, it's still worlds better than the 4 sides open mental fireplace I had before. When the wind shifted the smoke would be in your face, and all the heat just escaped on all 4 sides. This is much more efficient as far as wood usage goes and for warmth in the evenings.

Again, though, my problem was that I was kind of building as I went. I had a general idea of how I wanted the exterior to be, but mocking everything up kept me a little off balance. It wasn't until last week, right before I started laying the exterior brick around the oven, that I sat and drew up something that I really liked. So while I'm laying brick, I normally have the drawing handy to reference so I keep my mistakes to a minimum. The actual time to lay the firebox for the fireplace and the oven itself were pretty quick. I spent a lot of time sitting on the patio staring at the unfinished behemoth trying to figure out what my next step was going to be.

I had anther curing fire last nite. My wife and I were sitting on the patio having a glass of wine, and she asked me "How in the he!! did you figure out how to make that piece of concrete into this?" So, I guess it's a win if I impressed my best girl!

I love my Chevelle, but I haven't driven her much in the last 2 years due to gas prices. She's going to get a good wash & wax shortly, and I owe a young, 8 yo, friend a ride to the ice cream stand before the end of summer. I put way more of my heart and soul into my Chevelle than this oven. It took me 8 years to restore.

wesslock 07-14-2008 09:23 AM

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thanks for getting back to me , I guess what I dont understand is, what angle is the chimney for the fireplace ? Is there a mnimum angle that need to be maintained to ensure proper venting .

asudavew 07-14-2008 09:46 AM

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I really like the smaller footprint of you oven.

I can't wait to see how it performs.

Nice job so far!

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