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Old 07-16-2011, 06:47 PM
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John,

Very inventive on the oven floor design!! I dig the creativity! Is that red fire brick? M is for your last name, correct? Very cool indeed.

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Old 07-16-2011, 10:03 PM
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Yes on both.
Those are red fire bricks. I found them at $0.50 each for both red and the white. The yard must have had them for sometime, there were blackberry vines and weeds growing around them. For that price, I would have picked the blackberries for them if they would have asked. I could only get 280 in my truck. I will have to make another trip soon to get more. I need them for my Parrilla and for the fireplace.

M is for my Last name. I think it will give it a cool look when it is in the oven, it is spaced so you can see it through the front opening, I think. I wanted to use black fire bricks but, I was not willing to pay $13.95 each plus shipping. I only used 9 but, that would have cost almost as much as I payed for the 280 I got.
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:06 PM
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I bent and installed the rebar getting ready to pour the hearth.

I do have two questions, first, did I need this much steel. I have 1 foot squares laid out.

Also in the first image you can see a front piece that I am using to help hold the cantilevered front. Did I do this right or should have I just run end pieces out front. Also, it is only about 3 inches from the curve, is this to close. If I pull it back it will not hang over the block.

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Old 07-17-2011, 07:22 PM
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It looks a little generous on the rebar, but there's no reason other than thrift to use less. Looks good.
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:13 PM
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Hi John,

It's been a while since your last post. Any updates on your build?

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:46 PM
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Yes. It has been a few weeks since I have done anything on it. As you might have read under the insulation Thread that I posted, I messed up on the thickness of the insulation layer. I am waiting until I get Fiber board insulation before I can go any further.

Also I am the Head Football Coach at the local high school. We have been going non stop for the past 3 weeks. The school that I teach at uses a modified year round schedule. That is six weeks on with one week off. So teaching and double days of football has put a stop to all progress. The month of September might be better.
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Ok it is time to get started again. I think that I will try and set the record for the longest time to build an oven. I have had several things impede my progress over the past 2 years. I hope to make some good progress over the next three weeks before I go to Alaska to work for 35 days. My goal is to finish by Sept 1. But, not saying what year. I will post pictures soon.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:15 PM
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I am need of some help. I have put in the solider course and tried to cut the halves to fit tight together. But even as close as i cut them it still appears that there is some small gaps. I did not put mortor between them I am planning on laying several layers of insulation and stucco. Should I take them apart and install mortor between them to insure no gaps?

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Old 05-23-2013, 04:38 AM
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glad to see you are starting up again. it's exciting once you get the dome going.

regarding the mortar, I did not mortar my floor but did use refrac mortar on everything else, including my first course. My dome bricks were not precision cut as I did used headers, so I had big gaps to fill.

What helped me was to set a deadline for completion of my oven. Funny how it came together as it is a lot of work. I had all kinds of help and supplies turn up when least expected, but I kept focusing in on my completion date. The old "write down you goals" and they do come true.
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