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Old 07-06-2008, 04:34 AM
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Nice weather Christo...so I'm taking the weekend off.

I've burned through two diamond saws so I need a new blade to be able to trim the last few bricks and finish the project.

Had a nice fire though!

Twins too!
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:22 AM
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BenjaMia are cute as buttons! Thanks for the pics!
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:50 AM
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Default Dome done!

Finished the dome..... oh yeah!!!

started placing the insulation bricks around the oven before a perlite stucco is applied......then stucco on the outside.....

Thinking about the long slow cure method

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Old 07-08-2008, 08:39 AM
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Well done in record time, SJ. So, when's the first annual Michigan Pizza/Bread Bash. I'll make the baguette.

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Wow! You should go into the business, my friend. Beautiful work, and done in record time. Local builders around here charge 15k-18k for a traditional brick oven!
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Default Insulating Firebricks

stacked a bunch of insulating firebrick on the dome
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Default Thermocouple tubes

A couple of the used firebricks had holes in them so I attached a tube for a thermocouple tunnel.....(reminded me I buried the last tubes under the firebrick ring on the base....have to fix that!)
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:20 AM
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Default Perlcrete Insulation Stucco

I used Craigs mixing method with some twists.

2.5 gallons of water in a 5 gal bucket
1 48 oz can of portland
1/2 can of fireclay
mix with a large paint mixer on a drill

pour water mixture in a wheel barrow
add 1/3 bag perlite
start with drill mixture folding the perlite into the water mix
finish by folding the mixture by hand
keep spraying water over mixture until wet and workable.

I actually had a watery layer that I kept folding into the mixture to refreshen.
Since the insulating firebrick was so porous and dry, I used a very wet mixture and it stuccoed on very well.

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Old 07-10-2008, 04:23 AM
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Default The Benjamia Monster

This thing sure grew with it's insulation layer!
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:44 AM
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Took the cardboard out ... pretty clean!

.... it sure has a nice feel to that (pear, egg, teardrop) hearth/dome shape!

Can't wait to see flames in there!

patience......
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