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mfiore 09-29-2008 04:41 AM

Winter
 
We've had some nice weather over the weekend here in Michigan, but the nights are getting cold. Predictions are for frost by the end of the week. I've given in to the fact that I may not finish my WFO before it freezes here.

Since my oven is not yet done, and therefore not yet cured, is there anything I need to worry about before the deep winter sets in? I am worried the moisture in the brick and insulating material will freeze and cause problems. Is merely covering it with a plastic tarp enough?

dmun 09-29-2008 12:06 PM

Re: Winter
 
Once your mortar has a week to cure, there shouldn't be a problem with freezing weather. I stopped my project with just a tarp over it in the first winter, without problems.

mfiore 09-29-2008 12:49 PM

Re: Winter
 
What about moisture in the brick or FB board?

I'll try to give the mortar a week to cure, but sometimes a cold night sneaks up on you here in MI. If the temp drops transiently at night, but comes up again during the day, can I assume I should be OK?

Frances 09-30-2008 07:05 AM

Re: Winter
 
I was in the exact same position a year ago... if you cover the oven with a tarp, or maybe two, and leave a lightbulb burning inside it, the warmth from the light will keep everything just above freezing. Here's the pic of mine :):

http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/atta...-light-005.jpg

mfiore 09-30-2008 07:42 AM

Re: Winter
 
Looks cozy! Did you keep the light burning all winter long?

egalecki 09-30-2008 07:43 AM

Re: Winter
 
I agree with Frances. I remember a lot of pictures of ovens with halogen work lights burning in them from last winter. I think there were people building in the cold as well- I dunno how their hands didn't freeze, but you gotta admire the dedication!

I joined here in April, I think. When I did, I tried to read all the posts starting from the beginning. I wouldn't even try it now- the growth on Forno Bravo seems to have been exponential! I did learn a great deal from the reading, however. Thanks, James, for such a wonderful site!


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