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Old 10-29-2013, 04:24 PM
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Gudday
I'm quite surprised in how much that ceramic weighs! It's a good thing you have considered buttressing for strength.
Enjoy watching you build its coming along well!
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:34 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.

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Another exercise ball tip that goes along with what you mentioned about not seeing the inside. I found that once I dry set an entire ring and had the ball inflated to where I wanted, completing the ring went very quickly which enabled me to deflate and clean and touch up inside prior to the mortar being overly set. I would highly recommend its use on the last few remaining chains.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:50 PM
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Rookies....LOL... :-)
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:01 PM
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OK Ms. professional oven maker I'm not proud. Some of us need all the crutches we can get! And, by the way, those chains are beautiful!
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:09 PM
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Here's the progress so far. Finished up the outer arch (it hasn't fallen yet as I gingerly removed the supports and the form). On course 9 now.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:36 PM
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Looking good! won't be long till your doing some curing fires. Now you start getting into the back breaking rings. The hunching over to set the bricks will start to take it's toll.

BTW I did not use home brew, I used a refractory mortar from a bucket. The stuff was so sticky I could set a 10 lb brick to my ceiling and have no worries of it falling. Just thought the picture was impressive. (like magic)
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:39 PM
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Thanks Faith! I've already lost some pounds Someone recently posted a link to a video of some folks building a brick ceiling. The mortar looked watery, but the bricks just held with no other support! I wonder what the difference is in the bucket mixture vs. heat stop made at home.
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My mortar was smooth as silk so it was made with powdered mix. Perhaps the sand acts like little ball bearings and assists with the slide factor. The stuff I used was easy to work with.
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I think part of it has to do with the moisture content and how I wet the bricks. I'm attempting to make the mortar like peanut butter, and just briefly wet the bricks. They seem to set quicker and better that way. If the mortar is either too wet or too dry, or the bricks are too dry, they slide.
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I found if the mortar is a bit runnier, and you hold the brick for a moment after setting - it will absorb the water, dry out the mortar, and hold. I built my whole dome without using any support except the IT that way
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