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Old 06-08-2013, 07:52 PM
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Should I be worried about this, and try to buff it off with steel wool, or leave it be?
Just leave it be, It will hold up for a long time and buffing it off will remove more material than a little oxidation can do.

Keep your eyes open for some stainless some time soon some will almost fall in you lap. Like a neighbor giving away his stainless BBQ that has a bad burner or something similar.

BTW Nice rebuild.

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Started placing my slate tiles on the oven a couple of weeks ago. It's slow going, especially because it's been too hot here to work after noon or so. Still, I think this is going to turn out pretty nice. These pictures were taken before I started work yesterday; I got another couple of rows on before stopping for the weekend.
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Work continues on the tiling. Another couple of rows and I will get above the arch and vent, although that is distinctly less of a boon on the outside of the dome than it was on the inside.

As I realized I was approaching the vent, I decided it was time to do something about my flue. The flue has never drawn particularly well (or rather, no better than the vent with no flue on top). Having a ~7.75"x7.75" flue on top of a 5"x6" vent will do that. Further, a couple of months ago the flue tile cracked all along one side. Given the the problems I've had, I decided to climb up on my countertop and see what would happen if I just gave it a little tug. Turns out, it popped right off; the mortar barely held it on :P.

So now I need a new chimney/flue, primarily for aesthetic reasons--the oven looks kind of funny with just a stump of a chimney. Plus I need something to attach a rain cap to...

I'm thinking of taking the handful of leftover firebricks from the build along with the bit of leftover homebrew and just extending the brick chimney by a foot or so.

Any reason this wouldn't work? My current chimney stub is just over an inch thick back and front (a brick cut in half lengthwise). Will I have similar problems with cracking, or will the mortar allow for a bit of expansion? I don't have space to insulate the chimney, unfortunately.

Pictures of my newly removed arch, plus progress on the tiles.
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What about creating a decorative arch on the outside of your current arch that way you would have a landing location for your flue with full size bricks, in the back - oven side, you could easily build up support for full size brick. That way you could do a chimney surround that looks real nice.

BTW... I like the slate tiles.
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What about creating a decorative arch on the outside of your current arch that way you would have a landing location for your flue with full size bricks, in the back - oven side, you could easily build up support for full size brick. That way you could do a chimney surround that looks real nice.
So, are you thinking then that a half-brick thickness chimney won't hold up? Or that a full brick chimney would look better. I've thought about doing a decorative arch to give more room for a chimney, (and also maybe to catch smoke a bit better), but I'm not sure if its worth taking the time. I want to figure out the new chimney/flue before I put tiles on the dome near the vent, and I want to get on with the tiling job. But, I don't want a cracked chimney either!

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Bunch of work in the last few weeks. Being convinced by Chip (and others) that a thin brick chimney won't work and unconvinced that a SS flue would work/look good/be worth the money, I went ahead and built a decorative brick arch to support a chimney.

Decided on a 6" round clay flue to go inside the chimney surround. Testing it out Saturday evening, it seemed like I was getting better draw from the 12" tall 6" flue than I ever got out of the larger 24" flue. I will add at least one more 12" tile as the chimney gets built.

Also made headway on the tiles, putting the last tiles on Saturday. I still need to clean bits of thinset out of the grout lines and apply grout. A task for this weekend, I think.

Bunch of pics of the oven attached. Isn't it looking pretty with it's new coat?
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Coming along nicely, love the tile work. And I am glad the flue draws better.
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Great work on the tiles .....they look smart! What's that at the top of the dome a vent cover?
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What's that at the top of the dome a vent cover?
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A vent cover to be, rather. It isn't actually attached yet, and I haven't even drilled the vent yet. Plan is to grout first.
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A vent cover to be, rather. It isn't actually attached yet, and I haven't even drilled the vent yet. Plan is to grout first.
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The vents a good idea.
You might consider using colour grout to match your "red brickwork" might tie the two together, but both look good anyway!
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