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Old 04-17-2013, 05:35 PM
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I've been rained out over the past week and a half, but I added the first course of bricks in the front of the oven after work today. The ground is finally drying out and it's supposed to rain again tomorrow. Boo.

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Old 04-17-2013, 05:55 PM
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I like the door reveal detail you cut into the vent brick...clean look.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:53 PM
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This afternoon, I started mortaring the oven bricks with home brew. After I finished for the day, I noticed cracks along some of the bricks. I dipped the bricks in water for about a minute and used a chip brush to wet the mating surfaces. Is this anything I should be concerned about?

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Old 04-20-2013, 06:12 PM
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Nope...carry on.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:42 PM
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Good to know. Thanks.
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This afternoon, I started mortaring the oven bricks with home brew. After I finished for the day, I noticed cracks along some of the bricks. I dipped the bricks in water for about a minute and used a chip brush to wet the mating surfaces. Is this anything I should be concerned about?
I made some progress on my build today set the second course and had much better luck. Buttered all surfaces with a very thin layer of mortar (this allows complete adhesion of all surfaces) than apply enough mortar to allow for the joint size expected. I recommend the smallest size joints possible. I'm using Demon High heat mortar max joint size 1/4"

With the mortar bricks covered in plastic to retain moisture, this allowed me to push the mortar into cracked joints. I went back and on compress mortar with trowel for a crack free joint. The longer you can retain the moister the easier it is to repair those cracks and separations.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:37 PM
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This afternoon, I started mortaring the oven bricks with home brew. After I finished for the day, I noticed cracks along some of the bricks. I dipped the bricks in water for about a minute and used a chip brush to wet the mating surfaces. Is this anything I should be concerned about?

I think maybe just a little to large of mortar joint. Try getting them a little tighter or spacing them with scliced masonry wedges.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:52 PM
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Guess I will have to start tapering the bricks on the next course.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:25 PM
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I had a lot of scrap pieces I used for masonry wedges and it worked well for me. Plus I had less to throw away.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:24 PM
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Three rows are mortared and the 4th is cut.

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