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Old 01-10-2011, 05:18 AM
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Mike,
I am afraid the progress will slow down a bit as we are getting ice cold weather and snow right now.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:44 AM
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Looks great so far, were you able to salvage the old oven? Makes for some great hardscape in the garden, very cool craftsmanship.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:30 AM
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A truly enviable talent to sculpt in green concrete! It is beyond most of us and yours looks fabulous! Great job so far

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Old 01-10-2011, 10:34 AM
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Looks great so far, were you able to salvage the old oven? Makes for some great hardscape in the garden, very cool craftsmanship.
yes I got the head off the dragon and half buried him in a flowerbed. I want him to get overgrown and look like an architecturial find from some lost society..... the imagination is always going....
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PS I have a photo of him on my build blog
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:27 PM
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Am I crazy if I have a stack of firewood for a wood fired oven ...
but have not finished the oven .....

How about if I have already made most of the tools needed to cook in the oven...
but have not finished the oven.......yet?

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Am I crazy if I have a stack of firewood for a wood fired oven ...
but have not finished the oven .....
Not in the least... I too am only halfway through my build and yesterday went and picked up a brand new 6 QT cast iron dutch oven (4-pc set) off Craigslist for $45.

You're just thinking ahead...
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Am I crazy if I have a stack of firewood for a wood fired oven ...
but have not finished the oven .....

How about if I have already made most of the tools needed to cook in the oven...
but have not finished the oven.......yet?

Steve
Yea but now when your oven is done, your ready to cook right away, rather than wait on getting tools/wood!
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:01 AM
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I got back out there today and started the floor and the arch.
1) What does everyone think about an arch without as many bricks?
it is still the right height and everything... just seemed easier for the inside arch.
check out the photo below.

2)here are some of my tools... the brick setting tool is simple but effective, and it only took me about 15 min to make it.
the other thing is my brick crushing tool...again simple but effective!

and one photo of the floor....thought that would be easy..... boy was I wrong...took me about an hour to get it flat.
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:42 AM
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Looks great what you have done so far.

I have great concerns about your arch design. I'm not great with words while typing this is one of those times I would need my hands to assist in what I'm trying to say. but I will give it a try.

First concern is your two lower arch supports the pressure of the arch will make those two bricks (tops) push out thereby increasing the risk of the arch failing.

second concern is the thinness of the arch. I think as you build the dome you will have some forces that would want to push the arch out towards the opening thereby breaking the arch. In short just not strong enough.

This is a great page that can explain things better.Auroville Earth Institute, training courses, workshops on Vaults, Arches, Domes(VAD), stabilized rammed earth walls, compressed earth blocks, vaulted structures, compressed stabilised earth blocks, rammed earth.

Hope this helps, Faith
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:45 AM
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I like the arch....Is that a metal form behind the bricks? I hope so, I fear Faith has a valid point there.

I am watching you closely today because I'm going to play with setting the floor of my oven today too

Any reason you made a break in the floor bricks between the oven and the oven landing? I have not seen that before and don't plan to do that......?

Looking good
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