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Old 09-07-2013, 02:30 PM
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Beat up some firebrick scraps into 1/4" to 3/8" chunks and add them to the mortar at about 1/3 to half the mix, then fill the gap. Do not utilize the dust from pounding the firebrick, just the aggregate. Your basic refractory concrete.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:46 PM
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Thanks Tom, I went right out there and did it like you said. I mixed it a tad dry, sprayed down the existing material and worked it up in there by hand.
Hope I dont have gritty Pizza!

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:26 PM
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nice dome. i wouldn't worry too much. take tscar's advice about the mix. good job cleaning as you work up the brick courses. it is a lot easier to clean up as you build rather than waiting until the dome is almost closed.

you're really close to the plug.

hope you're smelling the smoke soon!!
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:25 AM
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good job cleaning as you work up the brick courses. it is a lot easier to clean up as you build rather than waiting until the dome is almost closed.
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Well said Jon wish I had have paid more attention to this.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:49 AM
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The dome inspector showed up this morning! I killed him....

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More progress on the Dome. Im going to try to cork it today or tomorrow as I have Knee surgery on Wednesday. Should be an easy quick recovery and back at it.
Gotta get 25 more bricks and a another bag of Heat Stop Mortar today.


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Old 09-13-2013, 06:36 AM
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Very nice work, especially the pooch house LOL
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Finished the Dome today. Had to buy a few more bricks from MPI. Looks like about 250 is what I will end up using. Still have front arch and vent to do. Not happy about a few joints lining up but I just could'nt see after all of the mortar on the small pieces. Keystone took a while to get a good fit. It didnt drop in as far as I hoped but was a good tight fit. It was a good feeling dropping in that last course and key!

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Well done. You really put it together fast. Love those shots of the inside of the dome and the arch transition. You'll be glad you took those pictures now because it'll never look like that again (at least while you can put your head or camera inside...too bloody hot). Congratulations.
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Broke out the big camera and fisheye lens this AM!

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