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Fyrston 09-20-2013 02:08 PM

Fyrston's 42 in Cen Cal
 
Good afternoon all,

I'm just starting my build of a 42" Pompeii here in the sunny Central Valley. This should be the cap on an all summer long barbecue island project. My skills are somewhat lacking but the results so far have been pretty nice. I've built an island with 14' of bar top, two refers (one to become a kegerator) and a propane built in Q. The jewel in the project will be my very own 42" WFO (I've been reading the forum and picking up the lingo).



To start off, I'm at the point that I'm starting to build the dome and am having problems with the mortar. I'm mixing it to what I believe to be "peanut butter" consistency but it doesn't seem to have any plasticity. I butter the bricks but when I place them the mortar has no give. I've wasted a bunch of the stuff trying to get this right. Should it squish as I set the brick?

I could use some help as there are several friends (a small cult following really) who are watching my progress and really want a pizza party at my expense.

Thanks, I'll post some barbecue island "porn" as soon as I can

UtahBeehiver 09-21-2013 04:35 AM

Re: Fyrston's 42 in Cen Cal
 
What type of mortar and if homebrew what ratios?

Fyrston 09-21-2013 12:58 PM

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I'm lucky to live close enough to Forno Bravo that I bought one of their Pompeii kits so the mortar is their refractory mix. The problem I'm having is that the mortar doesn't seem to want to give once I put the brick in place. It doesn't move even with tamping with a the trowel handle. Most mortars that I've used before had a bit of movement but this stuff seems to stay solid. I'm just afraid of putting to much water in it an affecting the strength.

mrchipster 09-21-2013 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Fyrston (Post 162221)
I'm lucky to live close enough to Forno Bravo that I bought one of their Pompeii kits so the mortar is their refractory mix. The problem I'm having is that the mortar doesn't seem to want to give once I put the brick in place. It doesn't move even with tamping with a the trowel handle. Most mortars that I've used before had a bit of movement but this stuff seems to stay solid. I'm just afraid of putting to much water in it an affecting the strength.

I used the FB mortar for my first build and found it to be very dry and grainy also, My second build was with 3.1.1.1 homebrew and it worked extremely well.

Fyrston 09-21-2013 05:34 PM

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Here's the barbecue island, I've added the fridges and the insert

http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/memb...-barbecue.html

Fyrston 09-21-2013 05:41 PM

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http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/memb...-barbecue.html

Calisdad 09-22-2013 09:14 PM

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You're getting after it Fyrston. WTG.

From afar I'd say your mix is a bit dry. I would: dunk the brick, add some water, add some Portland cement and add a squirt of dish soap. Again- diagnosis at a distance.

What city are you in?

C-dad

Fyrston 09-23-2013 08:01 PM

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Near Modesto.

I've dunked the bricks. I'll try your other suggestions and see if that improves things. I can't even fill in the gaps with a mortar bag. It's all fingers and knives while the mortar is still wet. I don't want to end up with air bubbles on the mix and blow out a piece when it heats up.

Fyrston 09-30-2013 01:13 PM

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Fyrston 09-30-2013 01:14 PM

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Floor done


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