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Old 03-05-2014, 08:41 PM
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While rebar reinforcing may seem like a great idea to increase strength, remember that heat will accelerate any corrosive reaction. I think rust will eventually prove to be the undoing of this idea in the long term. When rebar rusts substantially it increases in volume producing stress cracks in the refractory material. The standard reinforcing for refractory is stainless steel needles presumably for the previously mentioned reason.
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Do you mean that the needles are just spread randomly in the concrete mix without shaping them into a lattice? I have plenty of 2" stainless steel nails can I just add them to the mix?
How about a chicken wire made of aluminated zinc?
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:18 PM
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yes the needles are spread randomly. They are around 0.5mm thick. Not sure how anything thicker would go, but my guess is that thicker material will attract heat to itself and therefore be hotter meaning more thermal expansion than the material that is surrounding it. This would lead to stressing the refractory. Not sure what thickness you could get away with for this application. The nails could work, but will make the mix hard to handle. I think the zinged chicken wire may corrode. Zinc has a melting point around 400 C
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:48 PM
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...many of the European modular oven manufacturers are turning to heat resistant carbon fibre rods to strengthen their refractory concrete segments. As manufacturers try to reduce the weight of their ovens, the 6mm rods suit the purpose as they can be easily bent into any form. They are available to "Joe public" and cost about £10 (UK) for a 5 meter length.

....wouldn't suit a " brickless dome on a shoestring oven" as it would defeat the object, but it's an alternative to s/s needles.

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The oven has no cracks and performs beautifully.
I recommend this build for anyone looking to build a low cost simple oven. Many fires and pizza have been built in it with no signs of failure.

Not sure why so many people are doubting its construction.

Feel free to build what you like. I was just trying to share a design that worked for me.

The goal was shoestring budget. I met the goal.
Hi Mich,

Just wondering - do I understand correctly that your homebrew castable mix had no coarse aggregate in it? As in, simply the portland, lime, clay and sand and nothing else?

I'm considering making one myself and was thinking of doing something similar... most of the receipes I've seen using ciment fondu use grog/crushed brick which is difficult for me to get.

Also, I don't have access to welding equipment - I was thinking of doing it in segments like here for example: Four à pain en quartiers d'orange - the thinking being the expansion joints would prevent cracking.

Any thoughts, particularly about the absence of a coarse aggregate (eg grog).

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Old 05-11-2014, 02:21 PM
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G'day
There a product called "crusher dust" basically the washings from gravel production. The size varies from 2 to 3 mm down to dust. Its usually used as a stable base as it packs down well and I've used it as the base under bricks in my driveway.
I know it gets used in Aust as the "grog" component with cement fondue for home caste domes. Its cheap and available. So you might want to check out a few gravel yards.
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Crusher dust is brilliant stuff. It rolls/packs very hard, and it truly is as cheap as chips. It's about 20 dollars ffor a bobcat bucket here - and that would be enough for a quite large oven.
The toughest thing with crusher dust is deciding the ratio of crusher dust to ciment fondue. I've never figured it out.
It has small rocks and fines in it. Do you seive it and decide the proportions of fines and rocks, and decide how much cement based on the fines portion, or do you just say what the hell and mix it say 3 to 1 with the ciment fondue?
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:55 PM
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My refractory supplier tells me that many chimneys are lined internally with a mix of fondu and cracker dust. I have no idea about its suitability as a castable for a WFO. Someone try it out, use it for 10 years and report back.
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G'day Mick
Spoke to Rossco about his caste oven and the ratio of ciment to crusher dust. Its been three years now and he can't remember exactly. He followed on the proportions of the home brew mix so he thinks its 1 to 3 because he disregarded the clay and lime component.
G'day Davids
Well there's 2 of these caste ovens in Brisbane. Both 3 years old and still working well. Rossco says his dome is holding up well and his only concern is the firebrick hearth that has developed some cracks and lots of chipped corners.
I hope to see Rossco and his oven sometime soon and I try to get him to post some recent pics
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Hi Mich,

Just wondering - do I understand correctly that your homebrew castable mix had no coarse aggregate in it? As in, simply the portland, lime, clay and sand and nothing else?


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Yes/ That is correct. portland, lime, clay and sand. Oven still perfect. Works great.
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Yes/ That is correct. portland, lime, clay and sand. Oven still perfect. Works great.
G'day
Just wondering have you got some recent pics?
I'd really love to see some
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