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Old 11-10-2013, 05:19 PM
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The pig was 28 lbs. That is about the ideal size for my 42" oven. The rack and pan worked great. I wouldn't change anything about them. I put the pig in the oven around 11:30-12:00 expecting it to be done around 6:00. I had to pull it out early so it wouldn't over cook. I wish that I had not cooked the skin as much as I did. When I put it back in the hot oven to crisp the skin, it was a bit over done. Even though the skin was over cooked, the meat was moist. I doubt you can ruin a pig. Another thing I would change is the amount of wood I used in the oven while the pig cooked. The equivalent to 2 pieces of firewood would have been plenty. Since I preheated the oven the night before, I didn't need much additional heat.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:28 PM
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The pig was 28 lbs. That is about the ideal size for my 42" oven. The rack and pan worked great. I wouldn't change anything about them. I put the pig in the oven around 11:30-12:00 expecting it to be done around 6:00. I had to pull it out early so it wouldn't over cook. I wish that I had not cooked the skin as much as I did. When I put it back in the hot oven to crisp the skin, it was a bit over done. Even though the skin was over cooked, the meat was moist. I doubt you can ruin a pig. Another thing I would change is the amount of wood I used in the oven while the pig cooked. The equivalent to 2 pieces of firewood would have been plenty. Since I preheated the oven the night before, I didn't need much additional heat.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:44 PM
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Finally finished the last two construction details. I added a brick ledge below the dome and the final layer of stucco. As much as I tried, this was as smooth as I could get the stucco. At least it is relatively round. It has been a wet winter here and I was getting a bit of condensation forming in the vent on the top of the dome during the last firing. I didn't see or feel any steam. Anyone have a recommendation for a waterproofer for the stucco? I used Quikrete 1200 stucco and added acrylic fortifier to the mix.


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Old 03-10-2014, 04:54 PM
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A technique that I used to smooth the stucco is to use a block of styrofoam. Once you have layer the stucco up with a trowel or float and roughly smoothed it off, "scrub" the stucco with the foam block. You get a nice even textured surface.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:01 PM
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A fine textured sponge works even better, they sell sponge floats in various textures at masonry/stucco supply houses and HD or Lowes probably have one.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:51 PM
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great build, really like the base work
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Agreed re the sponge. I used that after the Styrofoam. The Styrofoam is almost like using a surform. It cuts away the high spots and fills in the low ones. I highly recommend it, followed by a sponge if you want a really smooth surface.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:11 PM
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I would just apply the acrylic fortifier (which is probably labled also as a "bonding agent") or something similar. Then apply another coat of stucco and finish with a wet stiff sponge. The sponge will knock down the high spots and fill in the low spots. It may take two more coats, depending on just how "perfect" you want it .
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:23 PM
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Thanks for the tips. Maybe I will apply another coat of stucco to see if it will get any smoother. One problem I had was getting the stucco to adhere to the previous layer. If I worked it too much, it would fall off.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:27 PM
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A fine textured sponge works even better, they sell sponge floats in various textures at masonry/stucco supply houses and HD or Lowes probably have one.
About how long after the stucco is applied do you sponge? I assume you wet the sponge?
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