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Old 05-13-2009, 07:24 AM
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Thanks for the response I took some time to look it over and feel that I can move to 15” wide and 14” deep and a smooth transition to the vent. Odd thing here in a city this dam big (Houston) and I can not find fire clay. I have had all types of products used to insulate in refineries on the other side of town but no fireclay??? I have been on the fence about how the opening to the oven was going to be built. With the cast vent I think that I will go with the angle iron. This leaves me with a rectangle opening and I was thinking for fabricating an arched door out of steel. Is there any benefit to bricking the opening instead of the angle iron?
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:44 PM
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I don't think there is much difference between the two, it is mostly appearance. What look are you going for? The arch lends itself to "funneling" the exhaust gas a bit better, but probably not significant.

The beauty of casting your vent transition is that it can be any shape you want make it. I went with an expanding arch (outside entry bigger than oven entry) which was not hard to do. I cast my vent in place, so it is perfectly molded to the arch and provides equal weight distribution.

I found that pink foam board glued together (5 layer sandwhich with round piece on top) with 3M spray glue worked great as a plug. Easy to shape and when casting was set I just hammered out the middle piece of foam and then the plug came out.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:34 AM
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Finished my dome this weekend. I will post pic later. I went the way of just a few cuts. My dome is not a perfect dome it is flat at the top. My last two rowes are vertical. They feel solid but want to see if this might be a prob? Thanks for your help
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:15 AM
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Ok here are some pic of the progress

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Old 05-26-2009, 10:05 AM
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Spent the holiday weekend working on my oven. I put some small fires in to start curing process. I have one long crack but I just have a thin coat of motor on it now. I will put another coat on tonight. Should I worry about the crack? I did not see anything on the inside. I was going to just cover it up with the 2nd coat should I be concerned? After the next coat of motor at about inch then I will put 2 coats of refractory cement each at 1 with SS needles in them to finish the insulation on the dome. I have been working on my stone work till I can get back on the dome
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:42 PM
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:09 PM
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:05 PM
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Just wanted to say your stone looks great!

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Old 06-02-2009, 03:30 PM
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Exceloven Thanks it is all about what you see
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