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Old 11-14-2009, 03:15 PM
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Just flip them over.
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:24 PM
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Just flip them over.
I hate to say it, but I didn't think of that. In theory, I wouldn't have to cut any more bricks if I flipped the whole thing over.

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Old 11-14-2009, 08:36 PM
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Great idea! Flip them and the fireclay water mix should make it level. Dave, that was one scary mother *#!@er of a grinding wheel you showed in the picture. It would be hard for anyone keep a deft touch with that. You should find yourself a standard, smaller 4" masonry grinding wheel cuz it it'll be useful in so many places later on. And as I said, just grind whatever catches (if anything does) on a pizza peel. As Tscarborough said, it is best keep the finish on the bricks in tact with their harder, fired finish if you can. Especially on a floor you're likely to drag cast iron casserole cookware across and everything else we do to these things.
Also, Gregs got a good point. From your pics, the actual brick gaps look normal and they will fill up with ash. It's OK for spaces between bricks, the oven floor expands and needs gaps to move in to. If there are irregular chips occasionally in the gaps from the cutting wheel, they could be fine if nothing catches on them. Good luck, Dino
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:32 AM
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The floor bricks are out. I'll make a template to see if they will fit back in on the flip side or if I have to fine tune a bit.

I also added a few more bricks to the Joe inspired "Double Wide" entry and I'll cut the notch in the floor for the reveal this time.

Thanks for all the support on this SNAFU

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P.S. What size notched trowel should I use for the floor mix? I went with 1/2x1/2 the first time and it seemed to work ok, I am pretty sure pebbles in the sand were the problem.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:55 PM
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The Floor is back in! It has been awhile but I just couldn't get this strange image out of my head (photo two)......
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:18 PM
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Now that's quite a level oven floor! Did you have to grind anything or did the 1/2" screeding trowel float it enough?

The double wall does look cool too. -Dino
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:32 PM
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Thanks Dino,
Per recommendation by a friend I used a 1/4 inch notched trowel instead. I told him "But that won't give me as much room for adjustment." to which he replied "exactly, less room to screw it up"

No grinding so far.

I got the second chain in today and a few more bricks for the arch. If I can find the time tomorrow, I will work some more.
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:43 PM
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Between rain showers I made some progress today. My wife says my smaller keystone is slightly off center. Hopefully it won't bother her once I add the red brick decorative arch in front (third arch is the charm-I hope). I also tapered the the bricks in the third chain which saved a lot of expensive mortar.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:35 PM
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I find myself bonding with my oven. Just like me it is ugly on the outside, prettier on the inside...
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:16 AM
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Dave,
a little subtle advice mate after looking at your picture.
Stagger your brick joints in a stretcher bond pattern will give you a much stronger dome with less chance of long straight weakening cracks.
You can achieve this by cutting the odd brick and retaining the preferred 50% overlap of the underlying mortar joint.

Cheers.

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