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Dutchoven 12-18-2008 11:06 AM

We have a crack
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Sorry to report that on day 5 of curing I have noticed a crack...visible from the interior as the exterior is covered. It looks like it cracked through one and possibly two bricks but otherwise follows a mortar joint. I have told many others that cracks happen but, until it happens to you it is hard to understand the feeling. Feeling a bit dejected but will continue to cure the oven as per the schedule...
Keep your fingers crossed that it will be the only one...
All the best!

roncut 12-18-2008 11:22 AM

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I had the same luck and kept on firing it and built my final fire to cook and ended up with 3 cracks one about 1/4 inch I dug out the mortar and started again to temper it and dry it out. now I am going to , in a week fire it up and make pizza. Hope I don't have any more bad luck

egalecki 12-18-2008 12:32 PM

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Sorry about the crack, Dutch. I have several, but they're all in joints, not thru bricks. Keep an eye on it, I bet it doesn't get worse.

Someone posted a picture last week, I think, of a commercial freestanding oven, and there was a big ol' crack on the outside of the dome- they were using it just fine with the crack! So don't worry too much.

mfiore 12-18-2008 01:04 PM

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I wish I had enough credible experience to provide you with some reassurance, but I don't (yet). Hang in there with the cures. Slow and steady.

It's all coming together nicely. I can't wait to see you pull your first pizzas out of that beast!

james 12-18-2008 01:22 PM

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Sorry about that Dutch. Keep an eye on it and let us all know how it goes. Often those first little cracks just sit there and don't ever move again.

Keep it going!

Frances 12-19-2008 04:26 AM

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I know you must feel differently about it, but it doesn't look like a very big crack from here... it fits in very nicely with the old oven look actually.

SpringJim 12-19-2008 08:15 AM

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Dutch, do not despair (for long)
.....I'm convinced that cracks are just character for your WFO
on with the cooking!

And so far as my experience goes, they're hard to eliminate once you have them. Masonry tends to expand with heat and makes me wonder if you could just design an expansion crack into an oven design??..... don't fear them, I anticipate them.

Dutchoven 12-19-2008 11:11 AM

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More curing done today...crack is still there...damn! :) Anyway had a couple of cool pics and unfortunately what might be another crack...damn!
All the best from rain soaked north mississippi!

RTflorida 12-19-2008 01:37 PM

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Try clicking your heals together 3 times and reciting "Theres no cracks in my dome, theres no cracks in my dome" :)

Seriously, you will be fine. After the initial disappointment wears of you will think of the cracks as "character lines".

I've given up on the 2 hairline cracks that I have on the exterior mosaic grout lines...fixed them twice, keep reappearing after about 10-15 fires. Weird, no cracks at all on the inside.


concreteoasis 12-20-2008 05:31 AM

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dutch, do not let it get you down most masonary projects crack and it does not compromise the structure. A dome is a perfect shape to counter all the outside forces . Your oven will be just fine. The one thing we tell all our customers the one shore thing in life is all concrete cracks

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