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Old 07-31-2013, 10:40 AM
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Don't sweat it Bruce, I described best practice and what you did isn't too bad. You can brush some liquid bonding agent ( like an acrylic admix) onto it before you start your next parge.
Took another run at it. This time I enlisted my wife's help. It went much better with her scooping the stucco onto my board. Nonetheless, we ran out of mortar before we could finish coating the whole dome. Bruce
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:27 PM
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Gudday Bruce
You have got a good round shape alright. A couple of things that might help.
Pull out that trowel, your not finished with it yet. Use the edge to cut the lip off that develops at the bottom for a more difined shape. At the finish of the coats wait till the stucco sets a bit and again use the edge and cut some cross hatching in the surface so the next coat keys to the first. And finally use the flat of the trowel to pat down the last coat for a more uniform finish. if it becomes a little too smooth in parts a final rub over with a damp sponge will give a uniform finish that not to shiny.
Again don't play with the stucco layer too early let them set a little otherwise the coat can slump off the dome.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:55 AM
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Dave, thanks for the suggestions. I went ahead and hacksawed the vent. At the rate we're going the last coat of stucco should be Sunday. Will the oven need to be dried out and go through the curing process? Bruce
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bruce,
i have been following your build and your trip out west but have pretty much stayed in the background because i am still trying to learn from the others on the forum. i just want to tell you i really respect and admire your determination. your build is awesome and now you are reaping the rewards of all your hard work. you are almost at the finish line. do you have another project in mind as cool as your WFO?

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i have been following your build and your trip out west but have pretty much stayed in the background because i am still trying to learn from the others on the forum. i just want to tell you i really respect and admire your determination. your build is awesome and now you are reaping the rewards of all your hard work. you are almost at the finish line. do you have another project in mind as cool as your WFO?

jon
Thanks for the comments. I think I will be kept pretty occupied just learning to manage the oven and expanding my skills. I am planning a trip by myself back to Santa Fe, NM toward the last half of August. I am signed up for a 3 day cooking school boot camp that starts on the 26th. I plan to drive and haven't planned out the route but expect to take about three weeks in all.

Are you planning to build a WFO? If nothing else my build illustrates how low the bar is when it comes to experience, skills, and physical ability. Bruce
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Finished applying next coat of mortar. The entire dome has at least one coat and most of it has two coats. Still curious how long after the last coat I can fire up the oven. Thanks, Bruce
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Thanks for the comments. I think I will be kept pretty occupied just learning to manage the oven and expanding my skills. I am planning a trip by myself back to Santa Fe, NM toward the last half of August. I am signed up for a 3 day cooking school boot camp that starts on the 26th. I plan to drive and haven't planned out the route but expect to take about three weeks in all.

Are you planning to build a WFO? If nothing else my build illustrates how low the bar is when it comes to experience, skills, and physical ability. Bruce
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Bruce I think you forgot.... determination .....
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Actually, the bar might be a bit higher for that one. Bruce
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Finished applying next coat of mortar. The entire dome has at least one coat and most of it has two coats. Still curious how long after the last coat I can fire up the oven. Thanks, Bruce
Gudday Bruce
From you a accounts your oven is cured and all you have done is introduce some moisture to the outer layers. If it were me I'd be firing it up at the first chance that ill get that water moving. The vent will be a big help too but you'll find the heat takes a long time to get through the brick and insulation I'm talking days so keep the vent open and watch the wheather.
Once dry I don't know what finish you have planned but if I could suggest go a matt. A shiney finish will only show up any imperfections matt finish will solften and leave less stark effect. And I not saying anything against you stucco skills any cement work will always be a bit stark.
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......and you wouldn't figure how to pole vault a wheel chair!
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