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Old 03-15-2010, 09:19 PM
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Dino,

Amazing work, man. I've just been through your pictures and the spreadsheet. It is incredibly helpful. It's a good thing Mike was handy with the camera or I'm betting the photos would have been pretty sparse. I've got to hand it to you, undertaking the whole project, nice finish. I've been down that road before, having built my own teardrop trailer from scratch, it ain't easy, but it is definitely worth it.

I've decided to have a mason do the actual oven for mine, since my anklebiters will keep me from spending the time on it I need to. I'll be starting quite soon, and will be much better prepared thanks to your work, so thank you again.

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Old 03-16-2010, 02:01 PM
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This has been a great thread. Especially the pictures. I wish I had taken more pictures while I was building.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:08 AM
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Thanks Neil and Greg. It has been a lot of fun documenting the oven.

Greg: I was afraid the spreadsheet might scare potential oven builders but it's always good to be prepared and know where you need to spend your money. And even though you'll have a mason do the actual work, it's a lot of fun to plan, prep and watch. Not to mention the best part: lighting a fire and cooking in it .

I'm going to sneak out of work early today and see how much decorative arch I can mortar with the longer daylight.

Thanks again, Dino
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:41 AM
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Hi Dino! Did you use 3 rolls of FB insulation? I have a 36" and was wondering if I could get away with 2. Thoughts? I will build an enclosure as well. Can't wait to start back again in a few weeks.

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Old 03-19-2010, 05:59 PM
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Hi Dan,
Glad to hear you'll be starting up again soon! I'll be looking forward to pics.

I bought 3 rolls. I used 2.5 rolls of FB blanket on the oven: 3-4 layers on top, 2 layers around the sides, some was also wrapped around the base of the vent and I used it to pack in the 1" gap where my vent went thru the roof to keep the heat off the plywood roof base. I have a few feet left over, just enough to stuff it into 2 oven doors (ya, right ) at some time in the future. 2 rolls would have made me have to think about what I'm covering and be careful about it. Having 3 rolls made it easy.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:48 AM
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Thanks Dino! Did you sandwich a piece between the anchor plate? Also, what size concrete screws did you use? 1/4" x 2-1/4? other? Wish I could find a local source for the blankets, the FB shipping to Madison is killin me.

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Hey Dan, I did not put insulation in my-between bricks in my anchor plate. It was the plan originally, but after looking at it...it didn't seem to need it. The 1st pic shows what I did. I just used the mortar to sandwich it in between brick. Notice that the top bricks are "L" shaped and mortar over it. There are NO screws in my anchor. Is that what you were asking? Or are you asking about anchors for the steel studs in the bottom plate?
IMHO (and I do mean humble) I see no reason to ever screw the plate into fire brick. I think if you do it like my picture, and give it some room to expand in the "L" shaped bricks that lock it in on top, it does just fine.

Also, here is the finished entry arch with the red granite cobblestones. They are quite rustic, but that's the look I want. I really won't know how the whole thing will be until I'm done.
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Dino,
Very nice work on the entry arch cobblestones. Looks great.
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Thanks Eric. They're chunks of granite and they don't cut at all like firebrick on the HF wet-saw. But fortunately, I only had a few to cut .

I got some my facade stone on the oven enclosure. I'm working on the edges and harder areas 1st, but it's all tough work and I'm too sore keep on it today although it looks so good, I can't wait to finish. 1 pic are how I lay out the stone so I can see what puzzle pieces I have to work with.

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Dino,
your enclosure is really coming together nicely. Looks like it is going to be beautiful. I am jealous that you have been cooking for so long, and still get to work on the oven. What are you going to do with your time when its done?
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