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Old 10-26-2013, 09:18 AM
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Just got two 13x13 flues...inside area of 127 sq in. I figured that I'd need more than 2 feet but less than 4 feet. They were $24 each.
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:23 AM
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Just thought of this question. I've been pointing up the inside spaces between the bricks as I mortar them...will this hold or will it just fall out?
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:00 PM
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Finished course 6 and started course 7 today....I'm in that in between area where the bricks want to slide in and it's too soon for the exercise ball. I'm also going to need to make a form for the arch over the landing, as that's getting vertical as well. The Lackmond saw and blade is really great...I'm still on the first blade.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:46 PM
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Gudday
It's best I think not to reach for that ball to soon. Try some rough cuts in the mortar faces of your bricks so the mortar better keys into the surface. Use thin sticks to prop the brick till the mortar gains grip is another.
The ball can sometimes not conform to the shape you want. To little pressure and the brick weight sages it, to much pressure and you can get the "pin head shape" we're the top of the dome bulges up to high.
I recon you might consider the ply disk inside the dome held up with a car jack and blocks of wood. It enables you to make a small sand shape for those final bricks.
The jack enables you to drop it quickly to clean up the brickwork inside.
Anyway that's my take on that whichever way you use it certainly a miles stone part of you build.
Regards dave
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:31 PM
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Looking good! Watch out for the dreaded droop with the transition bricks. They tend to nose dive on you . Whatever system you use for the last few courses, take the time and make sure there's something secure to set the bricks on.

I just finished by dome and know the feeling and excitement on being where you are right now. Hope you are enjoying the ride.

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Old 10-27-2013, 06:44 AM
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I used precut sticks of wood approx 4-5 of them to hold the bricks in place as I went. It worked great, just keep removing the oldest one and keep moving. the length of them, of course got longer with each ring higher. ive seen on the forum people who took the time to make adjustable ones, I just used some scraps i had around to make mine, nothing fancy. Once I got to ring 9 or 10 I switched to the exercise ball, which also worked very well for me. it took a few minutes to get it aired up properly for the shape but once that was done it really went well. i adjusted the air preasure while i had the dry ccut bricks stacked on the ball, i had a plastic table cloth on the ball to prevent a puncture.
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Hod,

Like the gong in the background. When you ring it all the neighbors will come over for pizza. Tip, if possible, try and keep the tapered arch bricks ahead of the dome bricks. It makes it easier to measure your tie-in bricks.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:22 PM
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Hey Dave, Yes, I see that, and I don't like that I can't see the inside with the ball...if I use it, I'll probably inflate and deflate. It does well with a couple of bricks at a time, then I take it out and use the IT.

Hi Joe, yeah, that's what I'm afraid of. I see it if the mortar is a little too loose, that it takes awhile for it to set vs. wanting to slide in a little.

Hey Chris, I do need to measure some sticks. I tried the hook with the bricks over the top, but that seems to want to life up the inside of the brick.

Hi Russell, we were thinking along the same line...I finished the inside arch today, started the outside arch and I'm almost finished with course 7...have a look.

Thanks for your help,
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:27 PM
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Russell, the gong is really neat. My neighbor in northern VA had given me hers, but I saw that she could really use it on her back porch at her new house, so I gave it back to her. I bought this one and hung it on the pavilion. I have one stone pillar and may eventually get another one to use to hang it between them. In addition to the classic bong sound, it makes beautiful music when rubbed with superball mallets!
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:36 PM
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Just finished row 8 and some more bricks for the flue. I'm going to try to preserve as much flue opening space as possible, since I'll have flues with a 12x12 interior. I'll see about this, but I may have to buttress the outer arches, as each flue is 60lbs....I'm kind of thinking that I'll need 1.5 of them, or 90lbs, plus the brick around them.

Cut out the excess fiber board around the circumference of the oven today. I'm thinking of making a portland mortar or just using mortar mix to lay between the hearth slab and the lower edge of the heat stop mortar of the oven. I also bought silonase to waterproof the edge and a few inches outward of the hearth.
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