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Old 04-13-2013, 05:03 AM
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Gudday Bruce
It just seemed to fit. I love food, the whole preparation the presentation the eating its great to see people when they enjoy the whole experience. I'm not a big party person smaller groups these days. I was lucky to spend some of my youth in a small country town where the wood fuel stove was still very much in use. Even the local bakery had an old side draught welch wood fired oven. In do love the smell of wood smoke it means warmth,comfort and good food.
A friend had a stack of bricks in his yard that he was collecting for a oven which he never got around to building he offered them to me before I could answer my wife said yes, we'll what could you say the deed was done.
Those bricks sat around for mths till I found a small book a mag really which had all these ovens in them . No definite plans but all these ordinary folk making all these ovens from clay and brick in thier backyards. I was getting hooked.
I started collecting some materials for an oven found the forno site and plans. I swaped some of the brick for some block ( the mismatching ones are in my build) and built the oven sat by sat and as I could afford the time and material.
I couldn't afford the brick saw and and was not that skilled in brickwork to build the fanciest of ovens, but its solid and works better than I could have hoped.
That's probably why I have given back to this site I really appreciate the plans for a start but the knowledge and encouragement from the forum are what made it possible.
I know of a few ovens built off the site from different plans and materials, I don't think they work as well... But who am I to pass judgement... They all love there own oven and they should be proud they built them with there own hands.
Anyway that's about it
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Ps the friend with the bricks asked for a set of plans a will back... Can't get the bricks back though
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:46 AM
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Finished suface bonding the stand. This is the first I have worked with masonry of any type. It took me a few times to get the surface bond mixed to the right consistency. I mixed it too dry the first and second time I used it and it was difficult to apply. Once I got the mix right it went on quickly and cured to a very hard surface. The liquid color starts out very dark (almost black) and becomes much lighter as the cement cures.

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Old 04-13-2013, 11:25 AM
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I don't think you really needed that on the stand. Mortar should bond well to the concrete blocks with no treatment
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:40 PM
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Looking great!
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:42 PM
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Thanks for the comment. I think it may have been overkill as well, but I saw it as a structural alternative to either motar or filling the block with concrete. At any rate, the final wall is coated (inside surfaces as well) and once it sets the stand won't be budging.
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Thanks Capt. I took a look at your build - very impressive. I grew up in Detroit (my father was a police officer) and I received my undergraduate degree from MSU. I came to Tallahassee for Graduate School at FSU and set down roots. Hope things turn around. Last time I drove through the city, it looked liked a war zone with the deteriorating abandoned buildings. Hope Oakland is holding up.
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Deejayoh,

The pompelli plans suggest a stand that has rebar reinforced concrete cores covered by a solid poured slab that is also reinforced with rebar. I was expecting comments in the other direction (i.e., that my stand was in effect too insubstantial). Too late to change but curious how you what you would have suggested.
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Went out to buy firebrick today and stopped at a small storefront brick shop I had noticed in passing a few days ago. Asked about firebrick and was quoted a price of $1.15 per brick for the Whitacre-Greer light duty bricks the other brick place sells for $2.00. However they had to order them and I paid for 100 bricks that should arrive in about three days. So I have a few days to make some decisions regarding the build. Can I get some guidance on what should be must be decided on now vs decisions that can be finalized during the process.

Bases on reviewing threads on this site, these are some of those choices that come to mind:

Oven Size: 36 inches
Floor insulation: 4 inches cf board
Soldiers or sailors: Am I right that the current consensus is neither?
High or low dome: High Dome - I bake bread as well
Inner entry size: 18" x 12"
Rectangular or arched inner entry: I am leaning toward rectangular. It just seems to make the dome itself easier to build and for the insulated door to be fabricated.
Smoke chamber, vent, and chimney: can I simply allow say 12" for this area and 12" for a self in front and decide later?
Enclosed or igloo? I think I want to start as an igloo and possibly enclose later.
Home brew or commercial mortar: I could not source lime locally so bought 3 bags of HW 413 dry mortar mix.
Outer insulation: I have 4 boxes of hp 6 1" inch cf blanket. I purchased this in Jacksonville and that only had this weight in stock so I bought the extra box.

Okay, please give feedback, suggestions, and tell me what I missed.

Thanks, Bruce
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:49 PM
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Gudday Bruce
You well on the way to collecting all the bits you need. Good score on the firebrick... There three times as expensive here and with transport costs..wow
Shame about the lime I could find lime at 5 different places within 20 mins. But high temp cement only in 2 places and expensive as well.
If you are determined to have a rectangular entrance so be it. I have one and the metal expands and I have hairline cracks in the mortar not the brick. The oven cools and they disappear.
Notice that you have had no comment on the stand. I would have core filled it myself. And it's easy to do mix up sloppy concrete in a bucket and pore it in. Doesn't even take much concrete either. If you can't do this at this stage I suppose time will tell. But there is a few positives. The forno stand is massively overbuilt to start with. You have only 3 block height and the structure is quite squat. You have a stable base and will be putting 160 odd bricks on top to pin it down.
I think you can leave the entrance at this stage especially as you have the set back to build it later. There are ovens with no chimneys I have a friend with one you do have to put up with a face full of smoke on occasions though.
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