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Old 06-06-2013, 03:04 PM
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I discovered recently that there is a rock splitting chemical available. You mix up the chemical just like you would mortar and pour it into a series of holes drilled in the rock. It expands over several hours and cracks the rock.

Here is an example Expando Non Explosive Rock Breaking , but there are lots of them available.

I wish I knew about this a few years ago - it would have been useful on my build.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:22 PM
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Another is called Dexpan. I didn't suggest chemicals because they might be hard to get. But dex would bust up that stone...check out the videos on YouTube
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Wonderful stuff. I'm sure anything that useful would never be found here.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:32 PM
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Probably because labor is Pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of the material.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:25 AM
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Valid point. :b:
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:17 AM
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So inset into the big round table I'm going to set 7" thick of pumice all refractory mortared together and on top of that somewhat uneven surface I'll put a coating of refractory mortar which the floor bricks will set on, yes? The dome bricks could also set on the pumice/mortar too and that would improve insulation, right?

Have to make sure the pumice is well mortared together and all mortared to the table. Thoughts?
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:03 PM
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So inset into the big round table
which I take it to mean that you have a depression in the concrete slab to take the pumice, then I wouldnt make the pumice into a concrete as you will lose the insulating properties.
I would just put it in there loose but tightly packed then smooth the top off with mortar.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:05 PM
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Will do Brickie. Question is, with the pumice loose packed will it provide a strong base for the dome bricks? Alternately I could end the depression under the dome (start the concrete lip there) but then I lose insulation, yes? Perhaps I'll just mortar the pumice together under the dome.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:27 PM
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Question is, with the pumice loose packed will it provide a strong base for the dome bricks?
Cant see why not, its not likely its going to move around under the oven.
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You obviously don't live in the ring of fire.
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