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Old 06-01-2009, 07:06 PM
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Nice work, Dino. What's your feeling with the Tapcon screws? I just bought some today, and planned to only use those. Do you think they hold tight enough, or do you think the lag bolts in the corners are necessary?

I reviewed your post from a while back with your sketchup plans. What happened to the recessed corners you had planned? Are you going straight across the front now?
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:34 PM
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Well Mike, I did not go with the recessed corners. It is straight across. I drew it up both ways, and in the end, we thought since we are going with a slate roof (never worked with the stuff before) we wanted more even support for the weight of it.
So, after just finishing now the anchoring, I've found that I've been putting in the Tapcons every 2' because every time I add one, it gets SO much firmer. But the lag bolts really were so easy to drill in...ugg....I dunno. I used 3/8"X3" lag bolts in the corners. I would do it that way.

Joe, when you say mitresaw, reverse the blade, I don't know what that is. I have a 10" tabletop chop saw and a reciprocating saw and of course, the 7" circular with metal abrasive blade. That is what I was going to use. What do you think.

BTW: I got crack tonight. My 400 deg fire today produced 2 substantial hairline cracks. One went thru to the inside. No smoke out of them. Do I continue my firing schedule?
Thanks Everyone, Dino
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BTW: I got crack tonight.
WOW! That may trigger the drug police or the prostitution squad - maybe both.

It's not that bad - we have seen a lot worse - keep going, I think you will be golden.

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Old 06-03-2009, 05:22 AM
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Dino, do you know the strength of your steel? Around here, standard seems to be 25 gauge, but I can find 20 gauge if needed. (It's at a store across town, but in limited supply)
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:55 AM
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The cracks seem no worse than anyone else's, Dino. Keep up the good work!
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:56 AM
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dont worry about the cracks we all have them just patch them and cover with ceramic. blanket and vermic.loose fill the whole enclosure you'll be good to go
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Thanks you guys! I really feel so much better. I felt like crying at the 3rd firing. But now, that there are even more well spaced cracks, I'm feeling better. Thanks for letting me know it's normal. There is no hint of smoke escaping so I'm good.

Should I put the ceramic blanket on after my 7th day firing or can I on the 5th or 6th? I want to try pizza soon. Been doing lots of reading here on dough prep. Dough hydration is much more interesting than mortar hydration.

Mike: I used the thinner 25 gauge for the track. It's fine. But be sure to use as large a washer as you can get for the little Tapcons. I kept forgetting to put them in so I would drill another hole 2' away with a washer and my base plate is pretty strong now. I staggard them a little bit off center since it seems the thin 25 gauge tract can flex a bit. But not anymore. As for the studs, I bought 3 10' at 20 gauge. I have not begun to cut them. I think I'm going to buy the rest at 25g because my studs will only be 3' tall, max. I'll just place them a bit closer together and 25g cuts easily with tin snips. The slate roofing I'm looking at is light weight but if after framming, I think there is any flexing, I'll add steel stud bracing, (criss-crossing) inside the framing for sheer strength.

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Hey Dino,

I remember when my oven cracked; I went ballistic! Even though I knew it was going to happen I went freakin nuts. Since then some cracks became smaller while others have appeared. I now have a couple that are consistent and I may eventually fill them with mortar but it has in no way effected the performance of the oven.

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The best way to get rid of cracks is to cover the oven with the thermal banket, then you only think about them when read about then on the blog. Your oven is going to work great!
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I have a question: How long am I suppose to be keeping these daily fires going? My problem might be that my 1st and 2nd day (100deg & 200 deg) were only for 10 minutes or so, the fire went down and I closed it up. The 3rd day I went longer (20 minutes) and the fire got near 400 and that's when the big crack happened.
HOW LONG AM SUPPOSE TO KEEP THE TEMP UP?

Also, I'm not worried at all about outside cracks, but I have 1 8-10" crack on the inside. And today, at 500 deg, I can smell smoke thru just 1 part of the crack on the outside where it "T's".

I'm going to put the Ceramic Blanket on it tomorrow, if it barely blackens along the crack, I'll leave it be. But if it's more, then I'll have to mortar the outside large crack and maybe go more than a 1/4".

But these fires, how long? Thanks, Dean
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