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Old 06-02-2013, 10:20 AM
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I got the dome floor completed and the template and IT in place a few weeks ago and started to lay the bricks around May 20. Here are a few pics of the first couple of courses. The challenge of this project is enjoyable and it is amazing how much there is to learn when you have only 'virtual experience' from absorbing as much knowledge as possible from this site. Even so, there are plenty of opportunities (read mistakes) for learning as one works on the build. It is evident how clear hindsight is!
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:27 PM
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Are your walls on top of floor or cut to fit inside?
what did you use under you ceramic board as a leveler?
Are you using cement wedges betweed bricks or cement only?


Looks awsome my stand is ready i am starting mine this coming weekend


also up to what row can you just cut angles and no bevels??
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:54 PM
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Hi Gianluca,
I am by no means an expert on any of this but have learned a fair amount from others on the forum and my oven seems to be coming together ok. Regarding your questions:


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Are your walls on top of floor or cut to fit inside? On top of the floor.

what did you use under you ceramic board as a leveler?
The boards sit on the concrete hearth, but I used a sand/fireclay mixture in a couple spots between the layers of board and on top beneath the floor bricks to correct some unevenness of the boards themselves. The bottom layer of insulation sat pretty well on the hearth so I didn't use any there. I did run a bead of silicone caulk around the base of the bottom insulation layer to help prevent the possibility of water migrating between the hearth and insulation.

Are you using cement wedges betweed bricks or cement only? So far only mortar - I am using Heatstop 50. I am using pieces of wood as temporary spacers at the outside edge of the bricks to help with the angle.


Looks awsome my stand is ready i am starting mine this coming weekend

Thanks! Looking forward to following your build!

also up to what row can you just cut angles and no bevels??
I did not bevel the first course but have beveled the courses above. I built a jig similar to others but mostly like Utahbeehiver's shown in post 90 of his thread http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/f...tah-17761.html
That post also mentions a spreadsheet (Dome spreadsheet calculator) which you might find helpful.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:12 PM
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Where did you get your insulation board?
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:49 PM
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i just got it in i orderd it from Skyline Components, LLC. there in arizona i received it in 5 days ups i live in ct. $111.00 for shipping 4 -2" boards and 50 sq'roll of 1" thick blanket, a few other people recomended them the owner was really nice prompt shipping i would def recomend to a friend
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:01 PM
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Where did you get your insulation board?
The top layer is from Forno Bravo, the remainder is from McGill's Warehouse. Both were ordered online. The products are pretty similar, but I think the board from McGill's is a bit less dense and it didn't seem as hard as the FB board. Many have successfully used the FB board so I put that on top to minimize the chance of compression issues with the softer (my opinion) board.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:53 PM
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A few pics of last week's progress.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:30 AM
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Hi.
It looks like from the pics that the arch is too far forwards, you will have trouble when you get to cutting in over the top of it, if it is....
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:51 AM
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It looks like from the pics that the arch is too far forwards, you will have trouble when you get to cutting in over the top of it, if it is....
Hi Brickie,
You've got a pretty good eye. I had sort of set up the arch dry a couple of days ago and I think it is a bit forward and it may pose some challenges, but from what I could tell it shouldn't be too bad (keeping in mind that having never laid a brick before my 'shouldn't be too bad' is probably on a whole different scale than yours )
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:29 PM
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I've been making steady progress. Here are some 'catch up' pics from last week.
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