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Old 07-24-2012, 07:30 AM
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Default Re: Question re oven floor--does it have to be some kind of tile?

Dumb question--but is replacement of the floor an expensive proposition? I have a good mason I trust, not sure how familiar he is with brick oven work though...

What would be the best materials to use for replacing the floor?

Thanks--trying to get this right
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:17 AM
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Default Re: Question re oven floor--does it have to be some kind of tile?

Don't give up on your hearth floor yet. As David notes, it may have failed because of water build up (=steam) after not being used for a long time.

I would consider continuing with curing fires for a bit and see what happens. If it holds up, and retains heat, you may be able to simply patch the floor with some refractory mortar.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:50 AM
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the top is colored ash grey, but the deeper section of the chunk is a reddish
They could have coloured it with oxides and the top part has worn off or faded.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:30 PM
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Default Re: Question re oven floor--does it have to be some kind of tile?

Cleaned up the inside--floor is made of a fire brick material--it's a 4 section floor (40" floor). Sections seem to lift out. I have a mason who specializes in brick ovens coming this week to take a look.

As an additional issue, there is approx 4-5" of stone underneath the floor tile above the area holding the firewood underneath. Will have him take a look to see if any insulation is needed in the event 5" of concrete is too much to allow for reaching proper floor temps on the 4 section cooking surface.

Fingers crossed.

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