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Old 03-05-2013, 02:53 AM
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I did not mix any portland cement or water with the perlite (just loosefill) when insulating the stainless spiral duct. However, the refractory cap shows no sign of shrinkage after two days. I used stainless pop rivets, so they should anchor the cap-preventing it from falling out.

I agree, with the venting --but probably will be drilling through the outer 200 mm right below the cap in a few places. If there is any residual moisture it can vent, also probably a bad idea to cap both ends (without some kind of relief exit)--all the makings of a pipe bomb when the air inside expands!

Thanks for keeping your sharp eye on my project!
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:47 AM
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Yes, a hole through the outer pipe is probably a better solution. You only need a tiny one.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:10 AM
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I agree, That is what President Obama refers to as a "Vulcan mind meld"!


I got it right..he was close!

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Old 03-23-2013, 03:42 PM
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Time is rapidly approaching for the oven to be moved outdoors to begin heating the refractory and forcing any residual moisture out of the pericrete. Alot has been written about brick domes, what would the firing schedule for an 80 mm thick cast dome look like?

It has been three months since the original casting and well over a month since the pericrete insulation was placed. Everything looks bone dry right now--accompanied by several hairline cracks on the render.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:05 AM
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Finally had a chance to make up a sleeve to surround my double wall DIY chimney.

The chimney is 200mm diameter, so I fabricated a sleeve out of .035 stainless stock to be 216mm diameter and 400 mm high.

This will allow for my chimney pipe to be removed and still leave a chase that will not crumble. (per David s recommendations)

Now, the pericrete can be formed around this sleeve and later the entire oven can be plastered.

Used drill in anchors to attach my baseplate to the refractory and popriveted the sleeve to the baseplate prior to attaching.

Found a small can of furnace cement to make the seal- stainless to masonry and gobbed the rest of the can on top of all the flared flange- sleeve.


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Could probably bring the oven outdoors now to do the curing fire or pile some more pericrete around the chimney then bring it outdoors? Depends on the weather now. Just had a typhoon go through this week-end, so glad the oven was indoors.
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I can't find the firing schedule for the castable that I use, but from memory it is 25 C/hr to 300C then 50 C/hr from 300 C to 500 C then again 25/hr from 500 C to 600 C, 50 C/hr from there on up to 1450 C. Obviously you won't have to worry about these higher temps. If you try and follow this schedule using wood it will not be easily achieved due to the poor control you have. Suggest you read the curing thread for an alternative, which we are not allowed to discuss. The biggest problem you face is driving out the moisture gently. If you see steam then you are going too fast, back off. Try a search of your product on the net for their firing schedule. I've found most steaming problems (blowing) with pottery occur at around 250 C. I should think that castable would be the same. Do not think that because you are over 100 (boiling point) that it is safe to increase temp rise suddenly.

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Old 04-07-2013, 04:18 AM
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I am at the point of ordering thermometers, both for the oven door and an IR thermometer to measure firing temperatures. I had the order all typed in and the items cannot be sent to Japan using amazon. If I search amazon, jp; I am having difficulty finding anything. Must be some restrictions on lazer or IR in this country. I'll have to try some other sourcing to see if I can find something somewhere.

I am trying to locate items that would allow me to do a more controlled firing, so far with no luck. There is no real rush to get this oven completed, it is more important at this point to do it right. So I will be taking my time more....

The place where I located the furnace cement was really surprised to see that someone in this area was actually building a workable pizza oven. Their business sells imported wood stoves, accessories, and chimneys. When I showed my pictures, people gathered around and asked questions for about an hour.... I was really surprised with the interest shown. A wood fired oven is called a "kamma" in this country!

The list is growing of people who want to see my oven in operation. This summer sometime will be the date to shoot for.

Thanks for the firing information and everything else!
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:26 AM
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Be careful when using an IR thermometer. It reads the surface temp which will be higher than that which is deeper in the walls, hence the slow temp rise required. Water in the refractory will hold down the temp wherever it is present. You've reached the exciting part- FIRE !
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:09 AM
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Ran into a merry-go-round circle jerk this week.

Since I could not get the IR thermometer I wanted via Amazon--because of import restrictions, I ended up buying one threw my hardware store. Today when I got some commercials from Amazonjp, the product I had been looking for before was now available here at a competative price. Now I have an off-brand IR thermometer for more expensive than a brand unit!

I was able to locate a good quality oven door bi-metal thermometer and that is now on order.

Since there are a few things waiting to arrive--decided to add the rest of the pericrete insulation around the chimney sleave--that turned out being a lot of monkey business as well because it had to be stacked 16" high and it tapers from around 5" to 2" thickness at the top. Free style insulation--now the oven begins looking like some outer-space ant hill. This insulation was 5:1, perlite to portland--should be a little firm tomorrow, but fragile.

I looked at several different LP gas burning devices, ones that would be used for outdoor cooking (circular burner rings), replacement oven parts for commercial ovens, and weed burners. The weed burners are available with different tips, orifices, wands, and hoses. I decided that a nice item for starting the wood fires without newspaper--etc could be used maybe in my initial curing as well. I'll be ordering the smallest orifice size, using .4kg LP/hr. Should be able to throttle that down as well. I guess enough said on that subject, agree that I should be able to get controlled temperature curing with this process.

Attached are the chimney cover insulation--after the curing process, the entire thing will get a render and some type of final water/repellant coating.

The insulation around the chimney actually does more to insulate the landing area. The chimney doesn't need the insulation--it is already insulated; once the render is in place, it will give a lot of support for the chimney.


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Old 04-14-2013, 02:31 AM
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That little thermometer you have in the oven is exactly the type I use. They are cheap, accurate and you can read the temp where you need it. Do yourself a favour and pop rivet a larger base on it. When moving it around the oven with the existing base they fall over and are difficult to manouevre.
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