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Old 09-13-2013, 05:05 PM
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Gudday Damon
Sorry there are precious few examples of common brick ovens on the forum. So I've used Worbs oven as an example.
One thing I did notice in those photos is those bricks had been in contact with the ground. I don't think the constant moisture is a good thing.It would make them crumbly.
I would consider how the bricks were stored and in the very least if stored on the ground,only use those that were on the top. You could use any rejects as paving in front of your oven.
Brick commons are not that common up he in Brisbane most of the older housing is hardwood construction. There are some good old pressed commons to be found. For the money though I would go for pressed clay pavers. Although you have to be careful there too as there are a lot of cement pavers about and they are definitely not suitable.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:25 PM
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All my bricks are rain wet but only the bottom ground layer will be saturated.

I got the concrete slab done while I was losing my mind over stupid bricks!

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Should I give it a mist with the hose every now and again or just let it do its thing?

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Old 09-13-2013, 10:35 PM
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Keep it damp for at least 3 days (a week is better). Concrete builds strength with moisture.
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:19 AM
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Hi guys, don't want to hijack your thread but as another kiwi trying to come to grips with building a pizza oven I have a question about fire proof materials. I built a furnace for melting aluminium and I used a refractory cement I bought from a foundry supply place in Auckland. I was wondering if the same could be used for a pizza oven? It would need to be reinforced so it didnt colapse, so my thought would be to construct with ordinary brick and plaster with refractory cement. Thoughts anyone.
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:21 AM
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:24 AM
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ok thanks anyway
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Old 09-14-2013, 04:28 PM
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Sorry shortnstout, I don't know anything about refractory cements. Sounds like it should work fine though? Good luck!

Can anyone educate me about inner to outer arch reveals? I would like to make it large (like 4" perhaps) Is there any issue with doing this? I assume it may make the chimney a little more complicated but are there any other reasons to keep it only at 1-2"?

Here is the look I am digging:
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:03 PM
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The revel is nothing more than a stop for the door to sit against, you can make it as big or small as you like, or leave it off.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:45 PM
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Thanks Al, I guess I will go for the big reveal then

I mixed up a 10 to 1 pumice/cement mix this morning to see if that will be enough to hold together for the floor insulation. I was able to pop it out of the cup I used for a mold after about 20mins.

It is not baking in the sun and after a day or so I will put a brick on top and see if it holds.

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Old 09-14-2013, 06:49 PM
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Ok, results are in. I tested the insulation compression with bricks.

This test was done 90 minutes after mixing.

The puck of insulation was about 3" wide by 2" high.

The puck held 3 full bricks for about 2 minutes before it collapsed. the last brick was too much I guess.

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SO based of the very short time period I allowed, do you think the 10/1 ratio is sufficient?

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