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Old 05-28-2010, 11:11 PM
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HMC and some numbers - please give us a name

If you have the means, but a cheap wet saw. They are very simple to use and masonry blades are pretty safe. It WILL save a lot of time. In regard to the tool, I built this - pretty crude but it worked for me. It's post #1 and ignore to BS - just look at the form, easy to create.

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Old 05-29-2010, 11:30 AM
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HMC,

I second Les' suggestion on picking up an inexpensive (Craigslist?) wet saw. Masonry is not prohibitively difficult and as your build progresses your skills/confidence will improve to the point that you will want to make cuts that a wet saw will make easily.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:48 AM
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An angle grinder with a diamond blade is also remarkably effective and cheaper.
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An angle grinder with a diamond blade is also remarkably effective and cheaper.
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I purchased diamond blades for both my angle grinder and 10" miter saw.
The angle grinder was especially effective and convenient for simply carving or shaving off parts of pre-cut bricks at the dome, having the tool right there at your fingertips, instead of taking each brick back and forth, to and from the main saw area.

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Thanks guys for all the advice, I have to decide on a base. I just wish that there was some sort of heavy duty steel table that I could use instead of blocks and concrete and so on. I could put pavers and a insulating board on top. I am trying to get away from the real heavy stuff! My oven will be small so I can probably get away with something like that, do you think? Any advice on how to set up a heavy steel table for the base. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-29-2010, 04:54 PM
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Les, Your oven is beautiful! I like the way you have all the peels hooked on the side of the brick. I saw that you put vermiculite. Did that go on after the insulation blanket? Tell me if I have the right order of things. After the dome is made you can put an inch of high heat mortar around the dome. Next is the 3 inch insulation blanket. Then there is the chicken wire. Now, what goes on top of the wire? Thanks...Mina
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Old 05-29-2010, 06:06 PM
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Mina,
I forgot to add that the angle grinder is quite a dangerous tool, take care.
Regarding the steel stand, it all depends on how heavy your oven will be. If you have a look at my website you can see how I've done a steel stand. I used rolled hollow section, but now use 1/4" x 2" galv. steel angle. I'm sure you could get someone to weld it up for you.
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Honey, if you want a metal stand, FB sells them and yes, they work just fine. Just hunt around the store (I'd link it for you but I'm on dial up and loading some stuff right now - it's kinda slow).

If you were considering cob, you might want something like I'm planning which is a wood stand sealed in cob. Just like cob walls, once properly sealed it shouldn't degrade and although it seems counter intuitive wood can support even a large oven. I'm basing the idea off of cob houses so it hasn't yet been tried. (I'm still renting so no oven for me... yet...)

Or do the steel stand like David said - you shouldn't have trouble hiring someone to make it for you and would save money assembling the supplies yourself. I will say I don't think a steel stand is a DIY project for someone with no welding experience so hire someone. Bad welding will do very, very bad things when it fails under the load.
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:45 AM
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Thanks once again for the advice. David, when I saw your oven that is exactly what I wanted to do. That table looked perfect for me! May I ask what size is the table and your oven. I only want to make a 34 inch oven. I just want something plain and simple as far as the base because I can't deal with the heavy lifting. What is the insulation you used on top of the table. Is it an insulation board and how many inches thick is it? Archena, there's no place to reply to your message unless I am using this forum incorrectly, since I have never used a forum please excuse my internet skills. I will have the table welded correctly if I go that path. I am not making a cob oven even though it seems much easier and less expensive. Well. it's Sunday and instead of making my sauce I will be outside leveling the ground for this project. No macaroni today! Everyone, have a wonderful Memorial Day!
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Old 05-30-2010, 04:13 AM
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Mina,
My oven weighs only 250 Kgs and internally it's 21" I'm not sure how heavy your 34" oven will be but it would have to be at least double that. I designed a recess in the supporting slab which contains insulation and also the floor has an insulating layer cast into it. This is probably a bit too involved for what you want. You would probably be better to sit the oven floor on some reinforced aerated concrete (sold in Australia as brand Hebel) this stuff acts as both support and insulation and is a third the weight of the equivalent volume of normal concrete. The size of my supporting slab is 910 x 910 mm.
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