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Old 09-05-2012, 06:25 PM
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Made it! Rushed home from work tonight, threw some leftover pork butt in the slow cooker to heat up, and cranked out the last two bricks and cladding for the dome!!! I can't believe my next step is curing, seems like forever ago i was just pouring the structural hearth...



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Old 09-05-2012, 06:26 PM
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any recommendations on securing the anchor plate? was planning on tapcons but wasn't sure what type of high heat caulk or mortar should be under that metal.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:27 PM
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Also, should I bother cladding the entryway? i'll have to pick up another bucket of mud to do it, but figure it needs it just as much as the dome.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:29 AM
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I used tapcons and a refractory caulk called either Kaowool or Inswool for the seal around the plate. Be careful drilling the holes for the tapcons or you could knock a brick loose. You could also use your mortar to seal as well. It will get hot there, but nothing like the dome. Most of hot gas is heading out your chimney. Several builders have added another course of brick on top of the base. See Russell's build, he did a good job on that. I wouldn't clad the vent. If you want to control some heat loss there, use some of the insulating blanket. If you are going with an igloo, you will probably have another layer of stucco/brick/flagstone to cover that for appearance. If you enclose it, it will be covered.
you have done a good job on your build and seems really fast as long as it has taken me. Cure it slow.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:37 AM
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Thanks Tracy, you've pretty much reaffirmed my plans so I'll run with it on the anchor plate. Time to pick up a boatload of blanket and chicken wire.

TO THE REFRACTORY STORE!!! =)
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:46 PM
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Day 1 and 2 of curing fires:


And of course it freakin rains so i had to build a flimsy tarp stand to keep it off the dome:


To 400 degrees tomorrow!
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Jonathan,

Been gone for a week but here is the refractory sealant I used for my anchor plate and thermal break. Sets up hard and according to the MSDS it is pretty safe stuff.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:13 AM
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Thanks Russell, I got something like that from the chimney supplier where I purchased my Duratech.

Been working my way through the curing fires, we hit high 500s yesterday. Cooked a bit!

Chicago style deep dish:


Stuffed thick cut pork chops:


Thanks everyone for the input over the past few months, finally getting to use this oven feels great. Now to finalize the enclosure!
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Looks yummy,

Did a 2nd cure fire with charcoal yesterday and it hovered around 250-300F. Going to do anothter tonight.
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good luck, i haven't picked out any cracks yet. i'm almost out of wood though, hopefully the landscape place has good dry wood in stock
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