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Old 10-10-2009, 07:36 PM
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Thanks Joe! My kids are stoked up and griping about when it will be done. As the father figure said - one step at a time. Just hope the boss, er, wife cuts some slack on this thing!
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:21 PM
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My kids are all out of the house, so they are asking why I didn't do this a long time ago. Now it's pizza for grandkids.

Joe
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:37 PM
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Got my son involved. He has helped cut brick chips with a hammer and brick chisel to fill in gaps and now I have him pre-butter the chain bricks for me as I am building up. He really feels involved.
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:39 PM
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AHHHH

One bag of coarse and one bag of fine vermiculite. I really am starting to hate the guys at ThermoRock West. Both bags are supposed to be coarse. Two more bags to get my 4 inche depth now. Bricks get picked up starting Wednesday - Yipee
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:14 PM
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C5dad,
Someday in the near future, you'll be sitting with friends, eating pizza, smiling and telling them to check their vermiculite before leaving the store!!! It's how we ALL learn good help is rare these days!
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:15 AM
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It has been a year since the last post. I think I am getting close to the longest build in history for a pizza oven.

I poured, partially torn out and re-poured the vermiculite pad.
I cut a floor template a month plus ago after my other one was moved outside by one of my kids, got hit by a rare storm.
Borrowed a saw from a friend (yahoo, not another purchase to make!)
This morning I cut the floor bricks.

So why the delay - well, My previous job had me traveling way too much. By the time I got home, I was exhausted. Couple that with a make hormone deficiency, I was crashing big time.

So, I took a new job where I am home every night. Got hormone replacement therapy (wow, do I feel much better!0 and got to work as the weather has been breaking. I had a ton of house errands to get to before the oven or C5momma would take the cleaver to me!

Some learning points: Having cut furnace brick - this stuff cuts real easy! Also, for the others out there, don't worry about mis-cutting bricks - you can reuse the other portions later.

Hoping today to get my indispensable tool made as well. Just need to find a knuckle joint for the floor.

I scored some high temp, mineral fiber mud from the mine I work at. Plan is to use the fire-clay cement for the brick attachment and then use the high temp mud to cover the dome. I should also be able to score some refractory blanket as well! I did purchase the floor bricks and a few others - but a vast majority of the brick will be from work - a 100 year old furnace was demolished and I have as many as needed - corners are ugly, but when you are cutting in half, who cares!

Question: How does everyone grind the floor down to level out - many of the firebricks have small lips on them!

Here are some pics to update
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:13 PM
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C5,
I used a belt sander to knock down the uneven edges on my floor. Used a tie down strap around the floor bricks to keep them steady. Worked like a champ
Eric
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:31 PM
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Eric:

Great idea! I got plenty of that stuff. I was hoping to avoid the use of the grinder, and you have provided one. Thanks

Chris
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:45 PM
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Sorted brick today from the demo of a boiler built in 1912 at the site I work at. Some of the corners are chipped, but when cut in half, they are awesome. Will give the oven a feel of history. Bricks tested out as non-haz, so life is good. And to top it off - my 14 and 17 year old boys said they will cut bricks -> I have a 4 day weekend coming up!

Also am scoring some high temp mortar from work that is laced with quartz fiber. Plan on using it for the dome cover. I spoke with an old firetender/brick mason and he said the recipe used here is pretty similar to what they used for repairs and what the old timers assembled the boilers with! Since some of the bricks have the same mix still sticking to them (along with a few bricks still stuck together), it cannot be bad!

The Tool should be ready early next week - have a guy doing some drilling on a part. Will post the pics when completed. I will be glad to share the tool when I am completed. I will post a parts list when completed. No welding, just a tube cut and a drilling of a long throw nut.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:48 PM
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One other question - does anyone have the angles used on the brick courses (using 1/2 bricks) to get a tighter fit??? I know on the soldier it is 20 degrees. Seeing that I have slave brick cutting labor, I can set up a jig for the angle and Viol`a tighter joints.

Thanks in advance!
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