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Old 07-27-2013, 12:38 AM
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taking it slow and so far can't see any cracks on the inside, i think i might have small mortar ultra-mini-micro near front arch and flue gallery but is so minimal every time i look away i can't find it till i keep looking really up close, to be honest i'm quite happy to get crack on the outside where they are very minor and not even cosmetic issue as is unless it grows bigger but i will keep going with small fires for few more days, took me so long to build it no point rushing now...
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:41 AM
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i notice that with every fire oven gets hotter even while i maintain same size fire, what would be the best sign to look for to move to bigger fire?
i been reading curing fire thread but from the very first post there is few things that didn't add up for me so some extra tips would be great
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:43 AM
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Id keep the fires on the small side until you cant feel too much humidity in the inside of the oven when you stick your arm in.
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Id keep the fires on the small side until you cant feel too much humidity in the inside of the oven when you stick your arm in.
oh man now i wish i stick my arm in more first few days so i would know what it should NOT feel like
i might keep going small till i see bottom course hitting ~100C
top and mid section gets hot from fire but bottom was staying very cool first couple of days and then it started to get hotter every day, first would be around 18C, then juts over 20C, 30c, etc... today almost got bottom course to hit 60C

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oh man now i wish i stick my arm in more first few days so i would know what it should NOT feel like
Youll know, youll know......
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:00 AM
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i'm build like tank (some might say fat), there might be no hair left on my hand by the time i notice humidity changes
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:31 AM
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The fire will dry the oven interior out way before the bottom of the floor and the outer parts of the walls are dry, because the water will move away from the heat source. I find that plastic placed over the oven a better method. You will see condensation under the plastic if moisture is being pumped out.
If you see steam coming off the oven then you are proceeding too fast, back off.
A persistent black ring around the base of the walls is another indication that water is still present there. Likewise a big temperature difference reading between the base and sides of the dome. Be careful because as the oven dries out the temperature will climb quite rapidly and that is just when you really need to take it slow.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:35 AM
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Gudday
As the inside surface of the oven dries you will find you gain higher temps for the same amount of wood burnt. That's gold, just keep up the regular fire and the moisture will go . You might find a ring of black in your oven dome down low, this usually will indicate the ovens still a little damp. Its a good thing your ...patient it will happen for you.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:26 AM
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that is few great tips guys, thanks a lot.
the black ring around the bottom of the wall on the inside where wall meets the floor seem to be gone as of today, yesterday it started changing and today it is totally gone.

i had no sign of any steam coming anywhere and this is with very low ambient temperatures so from what i'm reading i'm on the right path

once again thanks everyone for putting my silly mind at ease
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:41 AM
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this is the size of my fires, only peaking little bigger when i move things around or add fresh one on top, but this is what i'm burning at most.
should i try to keep it even smaller or i'm being to weak with it and should make it bigger already
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