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DaveDQ 04-29-2009 12:42 PM

David's Pompeii
I'm starting this journal a little further along than normal. I have my stand and insulated hearth up. The firebrick hearth has been set with a level amount of vermiculite flush up against the hearth.

This project originally started out under the Alan Scott design, but because I'm concerned with heating times and other structural scenarios, I made the switch to a Pompeii oven.

I wasn't going to journal this process. Perhaps it was because I have become somewhat discouraged at times, leaving no motivation to come back here and write, but after today, I'm a bit more excited than usual.

I laid a dry run of my half-firebrick along the hearth and when I stepped back to have a look, the complete rounded circle with the entryway in place took me back. I suddenly realized, "Wow, that looks like an oven." That's all I thought, it looks like a brick oven. So, I'm excited. In fact, my hands are still dusty from all the cutting this afternoon, but I just had to come here and write about how the simple first course of half-brick sparked me for a positive.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed here. I look forward to coming back and writing about the completed process.

exceloven 04-29-2009 01:08 PM

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Glad to hear you are excited again about your oven. It will only get better. We would love to see some pictures if you can post those also. Feel free to ask with any questions you may have. Congratulations!


DaveDQ 04-29-2009 02:04 PM

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Thanks Mark. Here's a look at the dry run of two rings. I have an idea of how I'm going to run the entryway. I have been browsing Drake's oven process and like how he cut the bricks to fit snug. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

james 04-29-2009 02:14 PM

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Looking good Dave!

You are going to love this oven.

DrakeRemoray 04-30-2009 09:49 AM

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Dave, I read on your other thread that you have not insulated under the floor. Rather you have insulated under the supporting slab per the Alan Scott design. I think you should stop and add a layer of insulation on top of that support slab...really!


dmun 04-30-2009 03:44 PM

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all join in unison:

"Insulate! Insulate! Insulate!"

DaveDQ 04-30-2009 05:09 PM

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Unfortunately, I laid my first ring of brick earlier today. It will remain as is. I need to look beyond this now. It's a mistake that I regret but it could be worse. I could have gone with the arched dome with the added concrete, making it even more challenging.

I had a great first ring attempt with my fireclay mortar mix. I just got in from checking it and it seems to be setting nicely.

DaveDQ 05-01-2009 05:46 AM

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I'm a little concerned today about how close my dome is to the right and left sides of my stand. The dome will curve inward so insulating the top won't be a concern, but towards the bottom, where there's not much space, I worry the insulation will run thin. I will be getting the "blanket" to help insulate, so maybe that will cover the space issue.

DaveDQ 05-01-2009 10:42 AM

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In using the wooden shim...I did a dry run of the first angled course and found that if I put the shim in backwards, to where the end of it is holding the back of the brick up, this will allow the interior portion of the brick to run flush with the brick underneath. I imagine it will also be easier to slip out.

Dino_Pizza 05-01-2009 01:16 PM

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That sounds like a good idea with the shims. And I've been playing with my insulating blanket I bought from Forno Bravo (with gloves on) and it will compress some so I think you'll get SOME insulation the lower course of your dome. Just make sure everywhere else is exceptionally insulated where you can. I really like your floor too. Nice job. Thanks for posting the pics too.

Congratulations on starting the dome. It really is all fun from here. (OK...there may be a little frustration occasionally...but definitely more fun) :) Dino

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