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Old 06-18-2011, 04:52 AM
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The word 'darn' springs to mind. Ah well, all learnings for the next one I guess!
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:32 AM
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OK, so while I have been working hard on my stand I have been terrible at posting my updates, so I am going to attempt to get my little thread all the way up to speed with where I am currently.

Having cured the foundation I bought myself some Besser blocks (again, found a bargain on eBay for $1.90 each and split it with Dave my neighbour).

I decided on having a small wood storage area at the front - the idea of having the whole area under the oven didn't appeal to me, as I knew the back half would end up becoming redback spider territory, and I have killed enough of those around my house already!

While I know I could dry-stack the blocks, I decided to make up some brickie mortar and set each one in place. I have been taking my time and loving the process so far, so I thought 'why rush it?'

It's not perfect, but nothing a good coat of render can't fix.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:37 AM
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Once I finished the block wall I poured premixed concrete into every second void, each of which I reinforced with a piece of 20mm reo that I left protruding from the top of the blocks, to tie into the hearth slab.

I had access to a lot of 20mm reo through work, so I thought; 'Why not make a WFO that will double as a bomb shelter for my dogs should the need ever arise?'

I acknowledge my 20mm reo 'cage' looks ludicrous, but it's a bit of over-compensation for the fact that I will not have any angle iron supporting the opening over the wood pile area.

You can see me having a great time cutting and tying reo in the pics attached. I've even got my hardhat on.. Safety first!
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:45 AM
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From there it was on to forming up the sides of the hearth slab. What you can't see in the photos (because it went in at the last minute) is an electrical conduit that runs through the hearth slab from the back, along the side, coming up roughly were the arch will be. I saw somewhere in this forum that someone had installed high temperature lights into there vent pointing into the cooking are and it looked great, so I'm going to try for something similar. I also want to install a multitude of thermocouples to see how my oven performs later on..
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:12 AM
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Finally, they big day arrived! My good friend Jamin came to give me a hand pouring the slab, and the end result looks really good! I hired a pencil vibrator vibrate the concrete in my hearth slab, as I wanted it to get right into the corners of the formwork and to work its way around the large quantity of reo.

I have now stripped the formwork off the hearth slab, and I am ready to get stuck into the dome side of things. No rush though, I am enjoying myself tremendously and although a large number of my friends are leaning on me to get it done (for their own appetite-motivated reasons) I will continue to 'enjoy the process'. Finally, my thread is up to speed with my build.

I want to build my oven using the best quality materials possible; minimum 50mm of CalSil board (thinking about 100mm but it seems unnecessary, I'll run a thermal analysis on it and see if there's any real benefit), followed by 305x305x75mm 30% Alumina firebrick tiles cut to shape for the cooking floor.

Dome will be 30% Alumina firebricks, potentially tapered in one direction; ie. arch bricks cut in half. Then 100mm of Ceramic Fibre Blanket followed by 50mm or so of Vermiculite concrete, with a smooth rendered dome finish. (Hopefully it won't end up a lumpy mess)

I have access to a range of different fire bricks, at the moment I actually have a lot of brand new 42% Al arch bricks that I am selling (check ebay) but 30% alumina is more than enough, and I want to keep consistency in the material used for the dome and floor.

I'm thinking of putting a STACK of thermocouples into the oven as an experiment to plot the heat distribution over time, with thermocouples drilled into bricks at different depths, spaced around the oven, and through the insulation layers. Might yield some useful information for future builds? Has this already been done?

What thinkest thou? I am open to suggestions
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:16 PM
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hey ben looks great! I thought my stand was a bomb shelter but if we go to war im coming to your place!! i'll be safer in yours ha ha!!
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:33 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement Doug!

You can't really see it but the step-up in the bottom of the wood pile is actually sloping toward the front of the oven, so if any water manages to get in there it'll drain right out rather than forming a puddle and soaking my carefully dried fire wood! I have been casting an eye over at Dave's timber... he'll happily donate some to a worthy cause at some stage down the track.

I must say I am well impressed with your thermocouple setup, that's just how I envisage doing it with my dome. I would love to have it link up to an old PC or something so I can plot temperature over time around the dome... It's the engineer in me! I can't help myself.
I am actually looking at importing a large number of quality Type K thermocouples so I should be able to get them at a reasonable price I hope.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:04 AM
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Most people who put in lots of thermocouples find that after they get to "know" their ovens (say after 30 firings or so) they don't really use them. I find the stopwatch function on my watch is more useful. One hour for a roast, two for pizzas etc. Thermocouples do fail. I use an old anologue one that is not electronic, much more reliable. The best temp trick is the "semolina thrown on the floor trick" 3 secs to turn black 2 secs too hot 4secs too cold.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:07 AM
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Hi David,

I know deep down you're 100% right... It's just the nerd in me wants to do a 'science experiment'.. Ever since I did thermal analysis with BAE Systems on some of their avionics electronics enclosures I have found it pretty fascinating, and I kinda wanna develop some basic software to analyse different oven designs to give the builders an idea of how they should perform before they build them... that's if I get the time!
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:15 AM
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Sounds good. Make sure you post your results so we can all benefit.
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