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tony boca 06-06-2009 07:02 PM

Round foundation help
I'm interested in fabricating a round igloo 42" oven. Does anyone have any suggestion on a recomended diameter for the foundation? I'm also open to ideas on how to frame it. I saw one that used the black garden edging to make it round. I suppose I could frame a square and place that flexible edging with some stakes to secure it on the inside. I like simeon's round base but can't find any details.

Rastys 06-06-2009 10:22 PM

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there are numerous ways of making a foundation circular or even eliptical if needs be.
Instead of using a flimsy piece of plastic garden edging, (I wouldn't even use metal edging strip unless it was 3mm thick), get yourself some substantial garden stakes and use some 5mm plywood strips .
Hold the end securely as there will be a fair bit of pressure on it and bend your ply to the shape required. You will need the occasional stake on the inside but don't forget that when you pour your concrete, it will put significant pressure on tout form work so concentrate your stakes on the outside. Maybe one on the inside midway between the strip ends and one every 2ft or so on the outside (depending on the height above your ground level).
I use to have some 3mm x 100mm x 2.4metr strips of steel that I used for all my curved wall footings and paths together with 16mm steel concreting pegs.



tony boca 06-07-2009 07:30 PM

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Thanks for the reply & suggestion. I went to Home Depot today and found some 5mm plywood. Had them rip it into 6" pieces. It seems to flex enough to give me a 72 " diameter. I'm going to start digging today.


Rastys 06-08-2009 12:05 AM

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Just watch your cement doesn't push your ply outwards as it often does when you are pouring it. You have enough on your mind without having to solve a serious emerging problem as it happens.
I even put building bricks (the ones with 3 holes in their middle), up against the ply and put a stake through one of the holes (further from the ply form), where the ply is over your dug footing and difficult to locate a stake.
Use plenty of pegs and hold it in place and you have the job done.
Good luck .


tony boca 06-21-2009 07:09 PM

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Thanks for your help. The foundation pour went pretty smooth yesterday. I put a stake every 12'' around the form. No breaches.

Rastys 06-22-2009 01:43 AM

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Good to see Tony,
now you know with confidence what to do next time eh?
How are you planning to brick your base, with blocks, bricks or half bricks?


Neil2 06-22-2009 04:55 PM

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On my 40 inch oven, I used the thin (1/4 inch) pegboard. Once in place I taped the inside with the shiny red tech tape to block the holes and to act as a form release. Small blocks to position, and a strap to take the outward force.

tony boca 06-22-2009 08:36 PM

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That is an amazing design. I really like that tripod open bottom. It doesn't inhibit the peaceful background, makes less of a footprint. I wish I saw this before I poured my foundation. I would have incorporated into my build. For my foundation, I ended up using 5mm plywood but, I did have to soak it to be pliable. I'm going to compare how pliable the peg board is vs the 5mm plywood. I may be able to use it for the top part.

tony boca 06-22-2009 08:49 PM

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I'm Thinking of going with 8x8x8 blocks all around and a 1 meter wood storage opening with an arch made of old chicago red bricks. Do you agree?

Possibly stuccoing the facade at the end of the project.

I really like Neil2's tripod open bottom, but my rebar is already in place (We have alot of slithering creatures here in South Florida that I want to keep out and I'm not talking about attorneys).

Wiley 06-22-2009 11:41 PM

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Tony, Here are two photos of how I make a round form for pouring the first part of my refractory. There is a top view and a side view. The part that may be of interest to you is the round form. It is made of a series of short 2 x6 pieces about 2 ft long. I drew a circle on my shop floor of the size I wanted and then started laying out the short pieces so that the middle of each piece just touched the circle. On the photo there are arrows drawn on each short board where the contact point was. On top of the first layer of boards I laid a second layer each bridging the ends of the first layer and again laid so the middle of each board was touching the circle. Nail the second layer to the first then proceed to a third layer and nail and perhaps a fourth layer if the thickness of the circle form permits. Now I took a single layer of fiberboard ripped to the height of the slab wanted and attached it to the inside of the created circle. I attached it by means of staples, stapling at each arrow. The completed form was strong enough to be carried by two people and not distort out of shape. When the pour was over one disassembles the form with a prybar. A picture is worth many words: Here's a top and side view. The form was held down and inplace with weights.

Hope this helps,

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