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Old 07-09-2014, 06:20 PM
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Thanks! Regarding Gulf's build and my comments, I'm sure there are other builds out there that deserve similar accolades. But I've studied Gulf's photos and build in depth. I just haven't had time to study the others (yet).
I suggest that you take the time to study other builds. Mine is a little outside of the box .
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Laid the floor today. This was more difficult than I expected - primarily because of slight variances in size from one fire brick to the next. I ended up with a few gaps that are a bit wider than I would have preferred. But I don't think I was left with anything that a peel would catch on!





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Old 07-10-2014, 07:40 PM
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Looks great!
You will be in spec without it but, some calsil under your floor will improve your oven floor performance .
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:47 PM
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With a herringbone floor, 1/4" differences will not cause an issue, and any gaps will fill with ash. Looks great!
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Forgot to mention that I had a couple of high spots on the vermicucrete surface. I took them down with a diamond cup on a side grinder. It took almost 2 seconds! I was very surprised at how well the vermicucrete machined - and how good it looked after grinding.
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If you used a grinder on vermicrete and did not destroy it you may have used too stiff a mix. What was the ratio you used?
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Looks great!
You will be in spec without it but, some calsil under your floor will improve your oven floor performance .
Now that the floor brick are set, would it be worth tearing them out to add the calsil board?
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:43 PM
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Now that the floor brick are set, would it be worth tearing them out to add the calsil board?
Probably not, if they are "set". But, they should be just laying there sort of "free-floating".

I didn't mean to alarm you. 4" of vcrete is in spec, without additonal insulation underneath the floor. It is just a matter of choice. Some of us have added insulation under there to the point of diminishing returns .
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If you used a grinder on vermicrete and did not destroy it you may have used too stiff a mix. What was the ratio you used?
5.5:1 - vermiculite: portland
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Close enough for government work.
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