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Old 02-17-2013, 04:03 PM
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also is there a way to search the forums... i can't find it



Edit: Scratch that found it!
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:22 PM
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Gudday
Don't know if the stone suitable for hearth. But it's great surface for dough prep you can't get better!

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:56 AM
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Greetings NuBrew!
Don't know where my post went--another poof!

I am a recent castable newbie!

Cannot think of a cheaper way to build! "SAND CASTING"
Most difficult is to find something rigid enough to contain your perlite/hearth insulation base. If you can locate something the rest is all down hill.

-cast a pericrete insulative base
-use recycled firebrick to make the hearth
-pile up wet sand to form the inside shape of your dome
-cover it with wet newspaper
-buy 1 maybe 2 bags of castable refractory
-mix and hand pack the material over the sand dome
-next day, mix up 10:1 pericrete to insulate the dome
-forget a chimney
-cover the insulated dome with a plaster render coat
-fire it up and enjoy pizza's and whatever you like!

-when you find a permanent home, take the time to build the real thing from brick or "castable???" --- but the above oven "is the real thing" but "OVEN LITE"
cannot be anything cheaper or quicker--most expensive is castable refractory mix.. And you do not have to learn how to mix it except the proper amount of water only--sand form can come out next day!

Don't need special tools!
Oh, I missed a lot of drying steps but if you start, I will or someone else will remind you of proper procedure!

"Oray-shiranzo"
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:42 AM
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Hi Josh

We've just completed a build for a budget of AUD2.73 plus a bag of cement; you can build a wood-fired oven for almost nothing if you look around for materials - we used clay, sand and elephant poo as that's what we have a lot of, and spent less than AUD3 on some bricks for the hearth. I am not writing this to be a smart arse, I just want to encourage you to do it! I've never laid a brick in my life so it was a little daunting but with the likes of this forum, you'll have answers to any questions straight away. Good luck mate, welcome to the forum, and I look forward to seeing the results!

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