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Old 08-16-2014, 01:10 AM
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If you keep the same sized fire you'll find the oven temperature will go up itself as the oven dries. Starting a bigger fire usually results in a huge jump in temperature that you weren't expecting.
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Very true. Keep making the fires bigger and when the oven dries to a certain point it just peaks, suddenly. Probably responsible for quite a few cracks I expect.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:33 PM
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I've been drying out my oven over the weekend trying to keep the fires low. I felt safest trying to stay below 300 F. At times it did go over that but not for too long. As the water evaporated the bricks got hotter and it was easier maintain a uniform temp inside the oven. The oven has now some newly formed hairline expansion joints I knew they would come so I'm not bothered

Today if weather permits I'll put the ceramic blankets on and do the rest of the curing with some insulation. I have 3 rolls 61 x 730 cm and i'm hoping that it's enough for a 3 inch layer.
I'll have to wait for the perlite layer until after I've installed the slate table top so that water doesn't get trapped close to the dome.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:44 PM
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This weekend we visited with my daughter near Oslo. Her boyfriend/partner helped me out, cutting the slate for my tabletop. Since he does this for a living I thought it best to let him help with choosing the slate and cutting the shapes. It was nice not having to cut the slate myself.
The slate is 3 cm thick and 30 cm wide.. (used for stairs) I wanted 4 cm thickness but that almost doubled the price so I'll make do with 3 cm.
I've insulated my oven and now have 3 layers of blanket and a extra layer on top. I just overlapped the edges about 5 cm and didn't bother to cut off corners to keep the joints uniform so it looks a bit lumpy but I'm thinking I can smooth things out with my layer of perlite/concrete mix. I'll seal the slate before I start laying the perlite on top.
I'll be curing some more today... I'm at around 500F so I thought I'd bring it slowly up to that temp again and maybe shoot for 600F.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:34 AM
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Cleared my dome for the first time the other day at around 700F Today I'm at around 850 to 900F and we're having Pizza!!!!
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Congratulations, Arne!! I bet it tastes good!
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First Pizza And it tasted delicious!
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