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Old 08-02-2014, 01:20 PM
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Another pic with just the floor bottom.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:08 PM
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Busy weekend! Got my arch support built and in place. I'm glad I used 1/2 inch drywall as it allowed for quick small adjustments with the utility knife.

I'm so thankful I bought a premixed mortar. I found in convenient to lay 4-8 bricks then pop the lid back on when the kids started attacking each other. I started wetting the bricks for the first row. Then stopped for the rest. Having a wet brick just made it harder to spread a smooth layer. When i used a dry brick I was kicking butt and getting them perfect on the first try. It still allowed me plenty of time to get the entire row in place.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:11 PM
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Added another later to the sides and back.

Been searching for methods people have used to stop heat transfer from the oven floor out.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:20 PM
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Side note I've been having problems uploading pics. I started emailing them to myself on the iPhone and cutting down on the resolution. Problem solved.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:44 AM
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You should be fine as far as buttressing goes there. Looking good!
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:21 PM
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Thanks for the opinion on the barrel having sufficient support. This means I can relax and focus on putting the arch together. I'm trying to do about 3 layers a day which means the barrel should be done in a week.

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Old 08-05-2014, 05:05 PM
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I think it took about 3 hours to do mine, and that was 2 layers of (thin) firebrick. No worries, take your time and enjoy the process.
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:46 PM
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Your right that I'm obsessing over each brick being level and perfect way to much. I think it's the carpenter in me. I should just throw the barrel up as no one will ever see the thing.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:27 PM
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Yeah, you are tapering them so you are not going to be going fast. And as I am sure you know, do not cut the tapers too far in advance of the working face or you will be recutting them
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:46 PM
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Actually I found about 200 wedges that are working great. If you look at this latest pic, you'll see I'm doing 2 rows wedges and then a flat to get the curve I want. The flats are the darker row as I had to dig them out of my fence line.
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