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Old 06-11-2012, 06:52 AM
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Great job.

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Old 06-11-2012, 09:23 AM
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That looks fantastic Dennis - I know you said this isn't a race but I think someone just flashed past me on the finishing straight. I really hope that buttress is over engineering because it never even occurred to me that my entry arch would need buttressing. Hard to resist lighting a few fires in there I'd say, but take your time - the longer the mortar has to cure the better.
Thanks Aidan. I am pretty happy with where I am. I added the buttress because my arch is free-standing from the dome in order to provide the heat break. I seemed pretty solid as a "unit", but the whole thing would rock slightly on the FB Board. The buttressing was intended to stabilize the arch, and it seems to have done the trick. No movement any more.

As for the curing, I hear what you are saying! I wanted to throw a few wood scraps in there last night and fire it up - but I resisted. The mortar in the dome has been air-curing for 2 weeks, but the mortar in the arch is pretty fresh.

I've left the quartz lamp on in the dome 24 x 7 for a couple days. The temp inside ranges from ~90 - 170 degrees (bottom to top) and the dome is ~85-90 degrees on the outside. Tomorrow night I am going to try to get that up in the 250-300 degree range inside using the chafing fuel. Because of the heat break, I don't think that will get the arch much warmer than ambient temps.

I think I will be ready for first fire next sunday if I can stick to a schedule of +~100 degrees each night this week using the chafing fuel
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:34 PM
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Wow! I wrapped the oven up in a tarp this morning because I thought it might rain before I got home. Came home late and checked the temps, and with just the lamp the interior is over 250 degrees. A little insulation goes a long way!
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:00 AM
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dejayoh, Are you still using a quartz lamp or did you go on to chafing fuel?

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Old 06-12-2012, 07:41 AM
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Chris -
Still just the lamp. The temp was 250 at the dome peak only. The floor is around 120-130 degrees. Per the instructions in the FB guide, I think I am going to unplug the lamp this morning to let the oven cool down, and then start with the chafing fuel tonight.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:54 AM
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Slow and steady are your marching orders. It's Tuesday morning and depending on how you move forward, by the weekend you'll be able to roast a chicken. I don't quite remember how fast banhxeo76 cured with chafing fuel, but at 100F or so per day a chicken is doable for Saturday dinner for sure.

Slow heating and soak the dome with the heat!

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Old 06-12-2012, 09:19 PM
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Looks good, and I can think of nothing better for Father's day than hard labor. And Beer. Lay a 2' piece of rebar at 45 degree angles across those inside corners, if not 2, and/or cut a control joint across them.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:51 AM
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I added the buttress because my arch is free-standing from the dome in order to provide the heat break. I seemed pretty solid as a "unit", but the whole thing would rock slightly on the FB Board. The buttressing was intended to stabilize the arch, and it seems to have done the trick. No movement any more.
Ok of course - makes sense now! I did a roast in the WFO last Sunday which was perfect. Tried to make some Ciabatta bread afterwards. Tasted Ok but I think I could use the result as a weatherproof cladding - after a few days it is tougher than buffalo hide.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:00 AM
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After contemplating and planning for over a year, my build has begun, I have set the forms and laid the gravel. next step 6 mil plastic, rebar then lay the cement. I think pouring the cement this Sunday on fathers days is the best gift to myself....(the wife thinks I am nuts!!)
Looks good - but you'll probably want to start your own thread on your build
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thanks for the advice Tscarborough....much appreciated
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