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Old 04-15-2009, 06:14 AM
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I think you'll be fine. I don't think you should plaster over the notch with refractory mortar, or bits of firebrick, that could cause pieces of mortar to pop out, as that's a high heat area of the oven.
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:06 AM
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I think you'll be ok like it is. I had gaps behind mine too. I haven't noticed that it's a problem with smoke. I have more trouble with smoke when the wind's wrong than anything else. Also when my wood's not as dry as I'd like (since we're in monsoon season currently, that's unfortunately easy to achieve) I get more smoking on startup. Once it's really going, I don't notice much smoke at all- it's just too hot to smoke much.

Dmun's right about the high heat area, too. The inside edge of your inner arch will also turn white- so it's hotter than @#$% there!
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Dino - you're going to be good. I had something similar as well (you can see a pic on the forth page in the photo gallery). It's not causing me any issues as far as I can tell.

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Thanks everyone, didn't know that's a high heat area and I wouldn't want those pieces falling out. Besides they're difficult to cut and place.

I sure hope I can get a couple rings done this weekend. Been very busy at work (should be thankful) and having non-WFO fun last few weekends. Thanks for the info, I'll leave the square block edges alone.
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Dino,

Here's a picture of my oven in the same trouble-spot:



Your work looks better than mine. As the others have said, you are definitely good to go. You won't have any issues with exhaust flow. The smoke and hot gasses are pretty clever and will find their way out .
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Thanks Ken, all your pics really help. I'm going to go home now and face the "I told you so" now that you've all convinced me to leave it be. Dino
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my favorite tool is a 4.5" electric grinder. If you are really worried about the pointy bricks, cut them off. ;-)
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Good point Greg, I just might do that a tiny bit. Thanks, Dino
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The pointy bricks aren't going to hurt anything. You won't see them, you won't feel them, you'll forget they're there in 3 months.

If you go after them with a grinder, you risk vibrating stuff loose. Your mortar is still very fresh. I wouldn't mess with them.
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