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tommo 01-25-2008 02:40 PM

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I'm a new member from wombarra, NSW, I'm in the final stages of completing my pompei oven. The project has been going on for 6 months, I don't know if I'm excited or over the whole thing, anyway all that is left to do is the final mortar on top of the vermiculite cover, ant suggestions on applying or ratio of sand cement or any nifty little tricks. Cheers

james 01-25-2008 04:00 PM

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I can relate to the sentiment. Our house has been under construction for 3 months, and I'm losing my desire to care. We just want it finished. :-)

The good news is that it will really cook when you are done. You will love it.


Acoma 01-25-2008 06:41 PM

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Tommo, you need to focus on the next step to be done, or to channel the exhaustion of the never ending dome to "Wow, 3 courses left, HA! Trust me, I have that feeling working in the 20-30's in a tight tent, then going outside to modify a cut. I have had six months on my project too, 3 months of site prep, and that is work!

As for you building your oven and now, to finally share is odd. Why did you not share the process of development? That could have helped you as well in the emotional factor, as well as the ideas to modify, or to increase momentum. I would like to get some visuals of where you are at. Do you have a digital camera? Do you know how to load images?

gjbingham 01-25-2008 08:36 PM

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Sounds like you are doing the equivalent of an igloo finish with stucco or plaster, correct??? If you do a google search for stucco, you will find the sand/cement mix that you are looking for. Otherwise, a bit more information about what you are planning would help.

tommo 01-26-2008 12:19 AM

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Thank you all for your words I feel that completion is near and looking forward to cooking, No I don't know how to download photos as yet, but as soon as I work it out the photos will be posted. The neighbourhood is waiting with great anticipation for the first cook up, the wine will be flowing, cheers.

Inishta 01-26-2008 02:44 AM

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There you go tommo.....................;)


jeff 01-26-2008 06:25 AM

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Onya Tommo, Wombarra looks like a sweet location. We're near Bundaberg, but even here is getting built out. We're headed back to FNQ eh. Stuffit.
Mate, what took you so long to link with FB? You can rely on these fellers for help. They're bloody magic. (Just watch that GJBingham bloke - he's got a twisted side, hahaha. )

I'm a Newbie, and obviously no Great (or Lesser, even) Guru. I'm using lime:cement:sand, 1:2:6 over barbed and bird wire reo. Will probly broom-finish it with an off-white cement:sand slurry, 1:1, maybe tinted with left-over grout.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, yes Tommo, the cooking versatility will exceed your wildest dreams. I just checked oven temp, and 54 hrs since last firing, it reads from 102-123C (sole to dome). Air temp is around 25C.
Now I don't know if that performance is good or bad, but the goat we slow-cooked in the camp oven last night was to die for. (The vegies were crap - my fault. "Undercooked" would be a polite description. Not good with eggplant'n pumpkin.)
Hang in there Tommo - ecstasy awaits.
Jeff the Luddite.
ps. James, I took 3 years to build our first home: be patient Lad. (Next one will be done by builders eh. Strewth, you've gotter laugh : cryin's no good. jh

gjbingham 01-26-2008 07:54 AM

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Goat but no wallabie? Crikie! ;)

jeff 01-26-2008 10:20 AM

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I may well be a Luddite, but you Sir, may well pass as a Phillistine!
Kangaroo, then Wallaby! Indeed!
So when did you last scoff down a Bald Eagle at Thanksgiving?
To eat your National Thingy is unimaginable: rinse your mouth.
Now rinse again. Good, very good.

Mate, in light of recent misunderstandings , I'd best chuck in a disclaimer.

WFO Purists, please don't take these last few posts seriously. gjbingham is at least as sane as any other dolt who builds earthen ovens.
However I must admit that his fantasies re eating national emblems remains a tad disturbing.
Ite the Ludd Jeff.

RTflorida 01-26-2008 10:55 AM

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I hear eagle and wallabie taste chicken:o

Sorry guys, had to throw in my sick humor:p


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