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Old 05-19-2013, 09:23 PM
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Now that the dome is built I am beginning to rethink how I plan to complete the facade, insulation and surround.

Originally I was going to have a 7 foot high wall flush with the base at the front of the oven (with an arch cutout for the oven of course!). This front section would be 4 feet wide. Then on the sides I was going to step back and have a 3 foot wide by 20 inch deep work surface on each side. At the back of each work surface I would have a 7 foot wall.

Sorry I didn't describe it well and I don't have a sketch-up picture.

In plan view the profile of the seven foot wall would look like:

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Oven in front and work surface on either side.

But now I am not so sure... I will start looking at other people's photos... (up until now I have only been worried about oven build pictures!)
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:14 PM
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looking good! keep up the good work! not long now and you'll be ready to start lighting some small fires up!
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:16 AM
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Nice looking build boerwarrior!

Thanks for posting as I'm about a week or two behind you in that I layed my floor yesterday. I especially like your solution to the IT. I was headed out to find a heim joint today but think a caster will be far easier to find.

What's your finish counter surface going to be? I was wondering if I should put mine above the fire brick at the opening to allow for expansion or just butt it.

(Trying to post pics but I keep getting the dreaded red X)
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:18 PM
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Thanks Calisdad

yup castors are easy to use and many here have used them. If you get one with a bolt in it then you can save yourself the trouble of drilling out the rivet and also reuse the bolt for the stem! I made my little shelf (it is an angle bracket) adjustable so I could move it a bit up and and down - as my rows progressed I needed a slightly different height. It was also useful to drop the shelf after the mortar had partially set so that I didn't disrupt the first brick when I moved the IT to the next one!

I haven't yet decided what to make my counters out of! I may use concrete or some kind of red-brick colored tile. I think my oven outer arch is going to be flush with the wall on the base - in which case i will only have counters on either side of the oven.

Good luck with the build. Most photo editing software (even the free ones) allows you to re-size the pictures so that they are small enough to post.

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Old 05-22-2013, 06:20 AM
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Hi Calisdad - An even simpler way to use a castor for your IT is to drill and screw in a threaded bar straight into the castor wheel. That way you don't have to pull anything apart. I used mine to build my dome and it worked a treat, right to the last chain. If you drill the hole with a pedestal drill you the wheel can be centred in the hole in the support. Also, if you drill it all the way to the spindle and screw the rod right in it will act as a damper.

Cheers ..... Steve
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:18 PM
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Started work on the front arch today - been working on the flagstone patio base rock so was a bit delayed in making progress on the oven.

I made two side buttresses out of angle iron and set them in the concrete base with anchor bolts. I plan to fill in the small gap between the buttress and the bricks on the outer arch with mortar - unless anyone has a better idea???

Photos attached. I had a helper today (my 7-year old nephew) so I took a picture of him next to the oven as well!

I also made my wooden form for the front arch.

Neil
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:25 PM
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Looks great. As you are planning your next steps consider reinforcing your cladding prior to insulation to prevent movement and cracking. There are several threads that discuss how to add this structural strength.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:59 AM
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Be sure to save your arch forms so you can use them as a template for an oven door if you build on.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:37 AM
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Looks great. As you are planning your next steps consider reinforcing your cladding prior to insulation to prevent movement and cracking. There are several threads that discuss how to add this structural strength.
Thanks Brian

I read through the crack thread that you started and looked at other crack posts and also searched on "reinforcing cladding", and I cannot find anything that indicates I should do anything else before my first (slow) firing?

I have probably about a 1/2 inch of homebrew mortar around the entire dome. the dome has been curing for 2 weeks. (longer for the lower courses!) I plan to start firing slowly this weekend, before I put the thermal blanket on. Anything else I should do first? Or could you point me to a thread?

Neil
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:40 AM
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Be sure to save your arch forms so you can use them as a template for an oven door if you build on.
Russell, thanks for the tip! So far I have saved everything! My workshop looks like a storage closet!

And, yes, I will be building a door - probably out of (non-zinc-plated) steel with with CalSil board or thermal blanket in the middle. My friend has a welder and he promised to show me how to use it (if I'm lucky by the time he has finished demonstrating the door will be done!)

Neil

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