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Old 02-18-2013, 01:15 AM
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hehehhehehhhehh, its Not! Hope everything is drying out.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:18 AM
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That laugh is devilish---
and the drying is slow,
AND I just lost a well thought out post! poof and it was gone!
must have been the laugh!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:01 AM
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Remember that it is not temperature alone that determines how fast something will dry, but a combination of temperature humidity and air velocity (wind). If you can't get the thing outside to get the sun and wind do much of the work you may need to arrange a fan on the outer surface and vent the humidity outside. Where I live pottery usually dries much faster in the winter because although the temperature is lower we don't have the high humidity like we do in the summer even though the temperature is way hotter. You have three inches of refractory, another four of wet vermicrete and probably another one of stucco. With that little heater it will take a long time for any of it's heat to get anywhere near the outside.
After a couple of weeks of your drying throw some plastic sheeting over the dome to see if it still condenses under the plastic. This will tell you if there is still water present.
I realize that I am doing things differently from what is recommended.

It started raining last evening, and it has been raining all day. The outside temperature is around 8 deg C. Has been dismal, a steady sprinkling with no wind all day! I am assuming the outside humidity is extremely high, indoors my weather ball sits at 55%. Not a great day for drying clothes anywhere.

The little stove has the oven floor at less than 50C, the other parts of the dome are hotter to the touch. Probably neither will move much for a long time, but better than nothing. (If that is any consolidation?) Some drying is occurring by the slight exterior color change but must be considered surface drying only!
I am sure when I shut the heater off for the night, in the morning--the damp appearance will have returned.

Got news that my stainless- spiral pipe became a "special order", local supplier no stock--so next week at the earliest.

This afternoon, I had a chance to visit a quarry for "Oya stone". You can google the product and see its characteristics. The place I went is called "Yamaminami", translated to "south mountain". The manager I met a few years ago stops to visit at our house occassionally. He took over the quarry operations from his father and made some progressive changes. Most of the other quarries cut larger dimension stone pieces. He realized that the "higher quality" oya stone is becoming more difficult to locate, so he began cutting the stone into thinner sections, beginning with 15mm thickness and then modular sizes upward in thickness. His reasoning--to allow more people to be able to use the high quality stone--even if it is in veneer thicknesses!

He showed me some of the stone he had and suggested different grades for my outside landing and what will be my decorative arch. Landing will be 30mm thickness, and I need to cut pieces out of a 60mm thick slab to form segments for the arch.

He said that he would cut the required pieces I needed but convinced me that an angle grinder would do the same job, and I have a "diamond cup" that i can polish where I need to snap the stone.

He gave a brief history of mining in the past.. the workers would use a hook type instrument to groove blocks of stone, then use wedges and mallets to crack the blocks free.

So this will be my next undertaking while waiting for the chimney and weather to improve. I have free time now, so I need to get as much completed as possible--hard to believe it is already over a month into the build.

I really appreciate advice, words of wisdom and experience, raw facts and all the rest! I need to sort out which is best for me and take whatever comes of it.

Please keep the information coming--"the only one that I can blame for mistakes-- is me!" And not for lack of information!

You can always point a finger and say "Ore shiranzo", a local term for "don't blame me"! There is a good webpage on the "Oya Stone Museum", it opened after the mine closed and gives the public a chance to walk through these huge underground spaces!
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:23 PM
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First came the Sun.... Then came the Wind....

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and when the day was done...he said "It was good!"

Looks like it is starting to dry!

"See! Sometimes I do take advice !!!
Tomorrow more of the same!
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:45 PM
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Hi Gary,

That's one good looking oven, now get it outside and finished.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:09 AM
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Started cutting the thin stone with a diamond wheel on an angle grinder---less than satisfactory results.

But where the cuts were, they will not create any problems. But this was for the 30mm thick stuff only. Thicker stuff --even cutting both sides, still have to rely on breaking the stone...

"Ideas bouncing around inside my head again"..."this stuff is pretty soft!"

"Wonder if my siding saw--used for Hardee and other concrete board --world cut this stuff? Worst thing that could happen--destroy a $70 blade!

To my surprise, the saw performed great, dust collector kept my lungs clear, and got nice 90 deg cuts on slabs! --- and deeper cuts, left only 5mm uncut!

Now I am thinking of trying to make the joints partially disappear---maybe use yesterday mortar recipe, but substitute "micro sand" for the "sand" and make the joints maybe 1-2mm only! Once the mortar is in place, thinking about rubbing stone dust into the surface of the mortar??? Maybe it will "poof" disappear? Probably need to mask the surfaces either side of joint so excess mortar does not spread onto the face??

Then leave the assembled pieces set for a few days before tipping the arch into place as a unit? But, maybe trying to hide the joints may just draw attention to them?? Who knows? 50/50 toss-up! They will probably crack there in the future anyway!

(See what is happening now! I am argueing with myself! --dimensia!")

Do you think this will work? That is on the list of tomorrow "things to do".

My thought, thickness of joint maybe not important as long as it is proportional to size of aggregate!

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On another note, used a diamond cup type cutter to level concrete on exterior landing, I think that thinset is now possible... However, there will be about a 5/8" step down from top of firebrick to top of "Oya stone"-- Maybe that is a good thing ---if eventually I make an exterior door on oven--used when firing to heat up... I will have a 40mm recess (surrounding the opening) created by the oya stone decorative arch.

As for the door, thinking that the very thin "Oya stone" could be sandwiched inside a door fabricated from .8 or 1mm mild steel, the stone would hold up to wire welding the sandwich together and provide some degree of heat retention in the oven opening! The thin stuff, sometimes broken pieces are very cheap and light!
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:09 AM
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It looks like all Japanese stuff in that you have to get on your knees to do it?
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:38 AM
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Hi Lawrence,
Thanks for your vote of approval!

Still needs to dry out a lot, then a base for chimney and at least one full render before my stucco coats (or Shikui--name used here).

I do not want to get into the trap some fall into. Once a first pizza is produced--the finished oven gets put on the back burner..

I think that there are many "schools of fish" in this forum.. The pros or perpetual oven builders, the DIY'ers who want to get it perfect from start to finish, and the people who just want to use them. And a mix of them all! I think it is easy once the oven can heat--to switch to the user school!
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:16 AM
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I said finished! Most people eat while they're finishing, hope you don't object to that?
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:18 AM
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It looks like all Japanese stuff in that you have to get on your knees to do it?
Good evening "Brickie of oz - samma", a term of honor (the samma).

Funny thing you should say that! The first time that my wife saw this project, she asked if I was making an "O Haka", that is the term used for "burial vault"!

I told her--"it is a little small for me!" but if she figured out how to use it, it could serve two purposes. Cremation purposes, then burial vault.

I know that you are trying to get me excited--but not today! It was sunny and cool and a nice break from the rain.

Instead of directing you back to the beginning of this thread to get the straight poop on what is going on, "Like do your legwork first before asking questions!", I will simply reply that the "oven has no legs yet"!

The hearth will be around 1150mm height when it gets set up permanently.

Also, aside from most of my power tools, everything around me is quite "North American". My house in the USA had much more oriental features than the one here... Shoji screens, oriental silk screen painting, pottery and cold to name a few!

Haven't even decided if the legs will be steel/ or stainless, wooden timbers, or block or a cast base. Probably cast concrete...I have no aptitude for stacking blocks!

This oven is getting heavier by the day--but with the casters, I can move it into the sun and push it further indoors for the evening, can even rotate it to get sun on different surfaces!

I am really glad that you keep tabs on my little build. Thank you for the confirmation on the mortar recipe.
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