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toolman 09-27-2007 06:13 PM

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As promised I will document the progress of my oven. It's going to be a Quebec (I think that's what they call it) type of oven.

This is the start where I layed out the blocks to get an idea of size and placement.

toolman 09-27-2007 06:18 PM

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I concreted the blocks in place and put a base board in to retain the vermiculite/cement layer. The 2" vermiculite/cement layer was then poured.

toolman 09-27-2007 06:19 PM

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Once the vermiculite was cured I boxed up for the hearth.

toolman 09-27-2007 06:23 PM

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After boxing I welded up the steel reinforcement for the hearth slab. I did it this was as I has a lot of scrap steel and I could form it to give maximum strength where needed.

Note roof over boxed area. This was to stop the rain getting into the vermiculite layer.

toolman 09-27-2007 06:32 PM

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Heath slab has now been poured:)

You can just pick it in one of the pics, a thermocouple wire coming out of the slab. This will be inserted into the oven floor.

Last diagram is the slab construction.

For anybody wondering, I chose to go with 2 layers of vermiculite as it wasn't that expensive to do this and it covered both bases I figured. The old way of constructing on a slab with vermiculite underneath and the new way of constructing directly on the vermiculite layer. I suppose only time will tell if I got it right.

I couldn't help myself. I had to fill it with wood :D

dmun 09-27-2007 07:26 PM

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Wow that's great. When I saw your first 2" of vermiculite under the slab I was worried, but that's just an extra layer.

And that roof! That's better than some of us have on our permanent enclosures. What is that stuff, aluminum decking or something?

christo 09-29-2007 07:07 AM

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Really nice!!! How much time do you have in it so far?


El Puaco 09-29-2007 09:51 PM

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You've done some nice touches that vary a bit from what I've seen before. I like the look of it. Anything new for the dome phase?

toolman 09-30-2007 02:11 AM

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No progress to date. The family has been keeping me busy.

In response to the questions;

The roof is made of corrugated plastic. It's just like corrugated cardboard but made of plastic. I got a heap of it from a factory that was throwing it out. I had so much of it I used it for the boxing of the hearth slab.

I have about 12 hours in this project so far but I think that the time input will increase dramatically when the oven construction starts.

I hope to pour the vermiculite/cement fondou this week. I'll post pics when done.


Brauma 10-03-2007 09:36 AM

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Very nice, Dave. I'm looking forward to watching your progress.

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