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Old 08-28-2007, 12:20 PM
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So did you decide to at least coat the inside?
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:35 PM
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Still thinking...

I'll definitely at least coat the inside. I'm sort of gently sidling up to the idea that maybe I will number all the stones and take them all down again (groan!!) and put them all back together again (AAAHHHRGNOOoo).

And I thought building the oven dome would be difficult!
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:09 PM
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Frances

Well since you are already on the fence let me push you a bit..

Ive thought about this and if you are adamant about not doing it over again the dry stacking is probably going to be OK but not as it is. What I think you should do is grout the joints inside and out with a bag. If you do not want them to show you can either strike them back far enough or you can use white cement and add a bit of grey to adjust the color to as close as you can get to the stones.
Coating the inside is not going to do much for you, what you need is to stabilize those stones in-between and more importantly protect them from water getting in during the winter for freeze and thaw. Dry stacked stone walls are OK in direct contact with the elements because they are not supporting anything or something that will not be as devastated by movement cracks such as the oven will. If you really do not want to see ANY mortar (in the joints) then you MUST rebuild it and set each stone on a bed of mortar in the center. Its not that big a deal and will actually speed up the process from the first time. Just put a nice bed of mortar in the center of the stone beneath and place the stone. The mortar should be kinda stiff, NOT DRY. Besides in order to get a good face with the chisel method you need to have access to all sides of the cut. By the way what kind of stone are those.?
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:54 PM
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Suggestion: if you're going to number the stones then take them down you might want to set each course in a different pile. That way when you need number A4 you don't have to move B6, D11 and C5 to get at it.

It's really great looking stone, by the way.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:54 AM
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They're limestone blocks from the Jura (those are our local hills). We've allready got a wall in our garden made up of these and I thought it would look good to use the same stone on the oven.

This bag method whereof you speak... would that give them the stability they need? I wouldn't mind the mortar showing and that sounds quite fun to do (sort of like icing a cake, yeah?)
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:37 AM
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Took the walls down this week, spending the weekend rebuilding them with mortar...

Man, I still can't believe I'm doing this!!!
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Old 09-01-2007, 10:08 AM
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You'll be happier in the long run to have done it right the first time.





















































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