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Old 05-11-2011, 08:13 AM
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Yes that is a big problem (high heat). You could try to do one the next day when the oven has cooled down, with all the ashes out and with a door. There is a thread about this somewhere. Anyway keep up the work, find a good rhythm, and don't stop if you can. You would be surprised what a good momentum will do.

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Old 05-11-2011, 08:30 PM
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Just finished the first row and that was much easier than I thought. The angle cut on the top of the soldier row bricks set it up perfectly. Used very little mortar, but still have to fill in gaps. I think the next row I will cut the bricks to get a better fit.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:32 PM
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If you notice on the fourth of the five pictures above, I am huggin one side pretty tight. I will wrap blanket, but it will not allow much room for the metal framing.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:13 PM
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Hey Barry,

Are you cleaning the inside of the bricks? That mortar is hard to get off once it sets.

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:41 PM
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On the inside of the dome, I use a brick to clean the mortar off.
I got almost another row done.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:46 PM
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I used the wedges I cut from the top of my soldier row as my shims. Works real well, I just snap off the excess when mortar sets. I am using a brick to smooth out my floor and clean off the mortar.
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:44 AM
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I used the wedges I cut from the top of my soldier row as my shims. Works real well, I just snap off the excess when mortar sets. I am using a brick to smooth out my floor and clean off the mortar.
Looking good! I like the used wedge idea, do you butter the brick and then place on top of the wedge or do you place the brick first and squeeze the wedge in after?
Great Job! You are moving right along!
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:48 AM
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So you snap off the wide end of the wedge and leave the rest imbedded in the oven? sounds efficient.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:36 PM
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I butter the bricks first and once the mortar set, they snap right off.
How clean does the inside need to be? I can get most of the mortar off by sanding it with another brick, but not perfect.
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:52 PM
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The inside needs to be as clean as you want it to be. Most people wipe up the excess mortar to have a clean look. I don't know what will happen with a random amount of mortar on the inside. It might just fall off with all the heat and clean itself?
- Anyone else know what it might do?

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