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Calisdad 05-15-2013 07:07 AM

New Member- New build
Greetings- After much thought I've finally started building a 36" WFO. I'll post a pic or 3 and ask a few questions and maybe even get answers to questions I should have asked.

I have 3 immediate concerns. 1- isolation. I'm finishing the hearth/working area with travertine tile and any cracking is unacceptable so I was wondering if any members had an issue with this and what remedies they used.

2- vermiculite or perlite? Seems vermiculite attracts moisture. Does it matter? Is there a price difference?

3- Flue construction. I'm violating the 2' above anything within 10' rule but I can extend the chimney if I need to- I'd just rather not. You can see by the pic my chosen location. It's a breezy spot that I'd like to not block with a monolith. Anyone had smoke issues?

A couple of points: I'm at 3000' elevation in the Sierra Foothills so I will get some snow. I'll be burning my endless supply of manzanita.

(looks like the pics will have to wait)

Calisdad 05-30-2013 10:13 PM

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Ah- Photo sucess! This obviously is my foundation. I placed hardy board on top of the block and will leave it in. I also extended the footing and inserted a local rock that I will face with. It will flush out more or less with the slab that I'll tile.

Calisdad 05-30-2013 10:34 PM

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I used a cardboard pattern and chalk lines after the vermiculite/perlcrete layer.

Calisdad 06-04-2013 07:32 PM

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Set the first course today.

Calisdad 06-04-2013 08:00 PM

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Why I think I'll need pipe.

Calisdad 06-06-2013 08:09 AM

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Moving on.

Les 06-06-2013 09:19 AM

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Groveland is a great place. My father in law lives in Pine Mountain and we have spent a lot of time up there. I would avoid burning manzanita. It puts out some nasty smoke doesn't it? I recall burning it and it was similar to burning a car tire. It does get hot.

Calisdad 06-06-2013 12:02 PM

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LOL- we burn off lots of it clearing brush for fences and fire clearance and I've never seen the black smoke you're referring to. I haven't burned it in a fireplace or WFO yet so I'll go slowly.

Just thinking- I've seen almond wood do that. perhaps...

Calisdad 06-08-2013 06:19 PM

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Arch time.

cobblerdave 06-08-2013 10:08 PM

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The inside upper part of the arch should meet with the inside lower part of your dome. It's time to do some serious checking now before its to far along.
Regards Dave

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