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Old 11-24-2012, 08:16 AM
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Default Re: 36" pompeii in WI in the winter

I don't want to be impatient but.....does anyone have anything to say about the bricks?? I can't really move ahead with the project until I know. Sorry if it's a stupid question but since I paid about $360 for them I don't really want to use them only to find that they are worthless later. After looking at some older fire brick I have and seeing a some of the same kind of cracks I'm beginning to think it's normal.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:50 AM
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Your bricks are fine. Good to go, as they say.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:17 AM
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Thanks! That's what I needed.

We got the CaSi board laid out. The box that the Board came in had 27 sq. ft.. Not enough for two layers but too much for just one. So, we cut a few of the 12" wide pieces in half (width wise) and then, with a hand saw and a jig we made, split them (thickness wise) into two 1" pieces. I think the extra inch of CaSi will make a difference in regards to heat retention.

I got my IT made too. It didn't take as long as I thought it would(1hr).

Sorry for the poor photos....I didn't have my camera and had to use my phone.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:12 AM
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Default Re: 36" pompeii in WI in the winter

Aaron,

To give the warm fuzzies, here a picture of a brick I used in my build. Mine were stored in open storage for several years and I have had no issues. If you are really concerned, when you cut the brick in half for your dome you can place the cut side in. As for the floor, I still think you are okay. Check some of the brick that came from the inner portion of the pallet and if they are the same I would say that is the characteristic of the this particular brick. If they are better, save the better faced ones for the floor and use the others for the dome. IMO
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:18 AM
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Creative on splitting the CaSi..........I can't tell for sure from the pics but the center on the nut on the angle iron on your IT needs to be the center of you brick, ie 2.5" brick, center should be 1.25". Also take a grinder and taper the botton of the angle iron at 45 degrees, it will help with moving the IT after the brick is placed. Good luck
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:18 PM
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Aaron,

To give the warm fuzzies, here a picture of a brick I used in my build. Mine were stored in open storage for several years and I have had no issues. If you are really concerned, when you cut the brick in half for your dome you can place the cut side in. As for the floor, I still think you are okay. Check some of the brick that came from the inner portion of the pallet and if they are the same I would say that is the characteristic of the this particular brick. If they are better, save the better faced ones for the floor and use the others for the dome. IMO
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Creative on splitting the CaSi..........I can't tell for sure from the pics but the center on the nut on the angle iron on your IT needs to be the center of you brick, ie 2.5" brick, center should be 1.25". Also take a grinder and taper the botton of the angle iron at 45 degrees, it will help with moving the IT after the brick is placed. Good luck
It is in the center. Thanks for the tip on the 45.

Got the floor and some half bricks cut. Will post pics later.


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Old 11-26-2012, 02:37 PM
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Got the hearth and soldier course bricks cut and laid out. Now I'm waiting for a friend who has some experience laying brick to come help me get started with the mortaring. This is getting exciting!
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:04 PM
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Up we go! I can see that it's going to be increasingly hard to keep the dome bricks from sliding. So far so good though. Getting the mortar to the right thickness is key.

I'm not getting as fussy with tapering the bricks like a lot of people do. I'm simply cutting the bricks in half on an angle. The arch bricks take a little more work, but they aren't turning out too bad.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:37 PM
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Here is a quick sketch of what I'm aiming for. I'm not sure on the colors yet.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:36 PM
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I got to looking at your build. How many yards of concrete did it take to fill your base? What kind of fork lift does your friend have? I fear that you are going to exceed the lifting abilities of your fork lift and get stuck with a finished oven in your garage. Hope I'm wrong.
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