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Old 09-16-2012, 05:42 PM
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Here's the promised pictures. I'm pretty happy with how this has turned out

One question I have: How long before I can remove the various parts of the structure? I know I should leave the tray on for a week or more, so that the slab doesn't have to hold up its own weight until it's good and hard. But can I take the buttresses off tomorrow, once the concrete is hardened and isn't going to run off anywhere? When can the side forms come off?
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:35 PM
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IMO: If they are in your way, I think that it is OK to remove the kickers after a day. The "side forms" a week, as the corners can still be easily chipped. All vertical supports (underneath the open span) should be left in place for 28 days.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:26 PM
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Now some of the funnest, trying, difficult, fullfilling stuff starts. Good luck, you have some good mentors following your build (Gulf and Tex).
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:06 PM
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Now some of the funnest, trying, difficult, fullfilling stuff starts. Good luck, you have some good mentors following your build (Gulf and Tex).
That response was by another "mentor": He, who used umpteen dozen diamond blades to cut the the tightest joints from the hardest masonry material known to man kind .

May the "force" be with you .
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:19 PM
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Well, I took off the outer forms today. Lots of voids around the edges, unfortunately. My half-hearted attempts at hitting the forms with a rubber mallet were to no avail. Just couldn't get my heart into wailing away on what seemed like a flimsy wood construction holding up 3/4 ton of concrete . During the last week I read a thread somewhere on here recommending using an orbital sander with no sandpaper on it--wish I'd read that before pouring my slab! Ah well, it'll get covered up by whatever decoration I'm using on the stand anyway

No other progress. Due to unexpected financial hiccups (my wife's job, which was supposed to start weeks ago, hasn't), I've had to put off buying the insulation and firebricks I would need to start on my floor.

I've been doing a little noodling around on Sketchup, trying to work out my entry arch (I'm rather fond of Amac's pentagonal arch brick design), but otherwise nothing more to report. Hopefully things will straighten out in the next week or two and I can get back to work on the oven. It's a shame to waste all this lovely fall weather we've been getting in DC!

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:39 AM
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The voids aren't a problem and once you finish the appearance veneer, no one will ever know. (except the forum and we are sworn to secrecy) Bummer on the wait though. It will give you some time to plan and design and study the many builds out there. Check out Lburou's link for the best if you haven't already. Lots of great ideas and builds. All looks good so far, keep up the good work. Getting that arch placement correct is very important. Give that some thought as well as the design. Thanks Russel for calling me a "mentor" I thought i was just here for entertainment value.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:57 AM
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Ryan,

Hang in there, your hearth is fine, your veneer will cover all. Understand the moola issue.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:02 PM
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Well, I figured out a way to at least get started while we wait for my wife's job situation to get settled. Turns out we had enough reward points on the credit card to get $500 cash back--handy! It won't get me a full oven, but it'll keep me busy in the interim. I may run out of bricks before the financial situation improves, but I'm equally likely to run out of nice weather before I run out of bricks!

Found someone on craigslist selling the ubiquitous HF 10" tile saw new in box for $180, with a blade included, called it a deal and drove ~45 minutes to pick it up on Monday. Then Tuesday morning swung by a local brick yard and picked up 80 firebricks for $1.67 each (enough for the floor, the arch and maybe a course or two), plus a bag of fireclay. Discovered that my little hatchback can easily handle 700+ pounds of weight as long as it's spread out -- also handy!

And then I'm planning on getting a carton of Thermo-12 Gold block insulation from Distribution International. At $101 for 27 square feet, plus $35 to get it shipped to a local warehouse, it's a pretty good deal. There's also a boiler repair shop nearby which sells cartons of Insblok 19 for $167 (24 sqft), but why pay more than I have to?

Pictures attached, of my bricks, saw, and my amazing (not) homemade saw stand, and of my oven floor laid out on the garage floor.

Exciting times!

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Old 09-27-2012, 05:14 PM
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I like your style where it comes to buying just what you "need" at the time to keep you busy . I 've had some weeks/months like that my self during my build. One of which was "marrying a daughter off". I hope her or her mom doesn't read this .
Just some advice: From the pic, it looks like you have plenty of blade left. Keep it wet, Don't force your cuts, and that blade will probably finish your build.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:18 PM
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Gulf: It is in fact a brand new blade. Guy I bought it off of apparently got the saw and blade for some project, but then realized he wasn't going to be able to do the project. With any luck things will work out better for me!

Still need to get an extension cord before I can start cutting bricks (and there's a nasty thunderstorm booming around my house, so just as well to be inside). In the meantime I'm working out my arch on Sketchup. I'm not certain if tapering the arch bricks is worth the effort, but I've figured out how to do it if I wanted to. Not sure what to do about the keystone area though--I'm sure the homebrew mortar will do good things but a 1 inch joint is probably overdoing it...
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