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Old 09-14-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by BOOMERS WFO View Post
Really comes down to the outside temperature as the mortar going off is a chemical reaction, so on a warm day the mortar will go off quicker than on a cold day. Also as the dome level increases gravity wants to pull the brick out of position, making it harder to set each course. A good finish takes time, Haste makes waste.

I was using ice water to mix with the mortar, No ice (strained off) but real cold water and kept the bag of mortar in an old cooler with ice in a plastic tub beside it to keep it cold also. This slows the flash off by 15 minutes or more in hot weather.

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Old 09-15-2012, 09:55 AM
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I am trying to upload some photos now. Keep in mind i don't think this is my final installation it is kind of rough. I shrank the files with paint so they would use less space hopefully they are not too small to view.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:24 AM
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Once the dome is complete how long should i wait before the first firing? I also read about a series of fires starting with newspaper and working up to full size pieces of wood but i am unable to find that post now, can someonce help me with this?
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:51 PM
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I think it's a good idea to leave the thing for a week, insulate, then cure. try looking here.http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f16/...uring-767.html (Oven Curing) Read the whole thread.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:12 AM
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A couple of questions,;
1.) what should dome insulation ratio be perliteortland i have read both 8:1 and 12:1 what is best?
2.) Should I put chicken wire beneath perlcrete for structure?
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