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Old 02-17-2010, 04:47 PM
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eprante,
I did mortar my arch base down, I can tell you I havent had any problems.. I also mortared my soldier course down.. Didnt have any problems with that either in over a year... IMHO either way is probably fine and its a matter of choice and what you feel more comfortable with..

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:42 PM
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Thanks for the feedback Mark. I think I will mortar the base of the arch but probably not the bottom of the soldiers. Now it is on to a new skill to learn-mortaring bricks. Just about the time I get it down I will be done with it. I am loving this project.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:02 AM
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Now it is on to a new skill to learn-mortaring bricks. Just about the time I get it down I will be done with it.
I had to learn too.... It was a lot of fun and I truly enjoyed it,,, and this summer I will already know how to lay brick when i build my outdoor fireplace or fire pit... havent decided yet but I'm leaning towards the fireplace
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:30 AM
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Hi Eric

I also mortared in the first coarse only that my first coarse sat on the insulation rather than the firebrick floor.

Have you put much thought as to whether you will cut a splay off your soldier coarse or leave it square?

Looking forward to your build
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:10 AM
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John,
I think you are asking if my landing and exterior arch will flare outward. NO- the arch itself is intimidating enough to me, without having to increase its radius as I move toward the opening. Nice job on your oven.
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:59 PM
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Soldier course mortared together and first attempt at cutting arch bricks. The two passes necessary to cut the bricks makes it difficult to get good clean straight cuts. I 'll sleep on it and look at again to see if I can live with it.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:38 PM
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You can live with it. Charge forward, never look back, fix all mistakes with mortar!
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:19 PM
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After a couple of glasses of wine I'm thinking I can live with it. It is the inside arch, and the outer arch cuts can be made in one pass. Nobody except the people on this blog are going to see the inner arch unless they stick their heads in the oven opening( not likely according to sjmeff).

I'll see how I feel about it this week. Thanks for the encouragement.
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:37 PM
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Inner arch completed.
After a dismal failure on the first attempt, the second try was successful. The first time I didn't pay close attention to the size of the gaps and hadn't marked the form so when we got to the top there was only room for a 3/4" keystone. The addition of the radial arm ( my father in laws idea) to keep everything lined up as we went and it went together easy-breezy. That feels good!!
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:52 AM
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I love that. It's exactly like the indispensible tool, except for arches instead of domes. As this forum steadily archives these ideas, future oven builders will have an easier and easier challenge.
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