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Old 10-23-2012, 02:44 PM
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So im reading this amazing write up and ive got a few questions. As im reading i am taking down notes.

Where do i get fire clay from, sand and fire clay for the base (between bricks and Insulation.
Should i use a Styrofoam templet for the dome?
How are the wood shim cuts determined? i dont understand the exact size of the shime that will allow the curvature.
What is done with the (wooden) shims when the bricks are set? is it safe for (wood) to stay inside the bricks which the hot oven is fired? are those (wood) shims latter removed?
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So im reading this amazing write up and ive got a few questions. As im reading i am taking down notes.

Where do i get fire clay from, sand and fire clay for the base (between bricks and Insulation.
Should i use a Styrofoam templet for the dome?
How are the wood shim cuts determined? i dont understand the exact size of the shime that will allow the curvature.
What is done with the (wooden) shims when the bricks are set? is it safe for (wood) to stay inside the bricks which the hot oven is fired? are those (wood) shims latter removed?
Where do i get fire clay from, sand and fire clay for the base (between bricks and Insulation.
I got mine from a lumber yard that carried the lime, concrete, block, etc...


Should i use a Styrofoam templet for the dome?

A lot of people used the indispensable tool (do a search, a ton of posts about it). I used a vein that I spun around as I built the walls.

How are the wood shim cuts determined? i dont understand the exact size of the shime that will allow the curvature.

There are some calculators that have been posted but as you set the brick against the tool or vein is will be pretty obvious on what size is required.

What is done with the (wooden) shims when the bricks are set? is it safe for (wood) to stay inside the bricks which the hot oven is fired? are those (wood) shims latter removed

Remove them and fill the void with mortar. I grout bag is ideal for this.
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Great, so the shims are removed, the PDF did not state this, its pretty obvious i know but i had to ask. Sounds like a mediocre project. My father is a GC so it should be too difficult. Does everyone purchase the insulation and Cermanic board from this site?
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Can i get away with using red clay brick at the door/chimney area instead of firebrick? I intend to use re-purposed/used brick
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:56 PM
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No - the flue is pretty damn hot. It would probably work if you don't need it to last. I'm pretty sure standard brick will spall. There are some here that know a lot more about the dynamics than I do - hopefully they will chime in...
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Ok if its not a good idea then im ok with that. I guess i want the exposed stone look. I hate it how insulation and mortar has to be installed to cover up the firebrick, but i guess it has to be done. Instead i guess i will leave the chimeny area exposed firebrick and the dome itself after installing insulation and mortar i will install more stone over the dome. Is this a good idea? will the dome get too heavy??
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I'm confused. I used a liner for the flue but it can be made from fire brick. I covered it with decorative brick - is that the look you are after? The dome WILL be heavy. Make sure you build the foundation / hearth correctly.
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I dont want to use a metal flue, just build up brick like a chimney. The dome i want to be covered in stone. So it will be fire brick, insulation, chicken wire mortar then stone, if funds are tight i just might do smooth stucco finish. So if i do stone will the dome support the weight, im not concerend about the base/foundation.
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Yea, the dome will support the weight. I was a little concerned myself so I dropped some steel into the hearth for a buttress, Most have not done that and have no issues.
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Ok good to know. Thanks.
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