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Old 06-14-2013, 01:58 AM
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Creating the entry using bricks requires some complex brickwork and usually results in an entry way deeper and heavier than you would otherwise want. I don't know why more don't choose to cast it, or at least the top section, it's so much easier. I guess you guys are so into cutting and shaping bricks that you're on a roll when it comes to doing the entry and changing the building method does not come to mind.

Didn't the fourth little pig cast his house after the wolf rattled the brick one to bits?
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:23 AM
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Casting would be a fun project. Maybe on my next oven.........
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:38 AM
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uh oh.. .did i overlook expansion joints on my oven floor bricks between my walls. Mine fit a little snug. How much of an issue is this?
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:45 AM
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K79,

my floor bricks are moving way less than I was led to believe. And I had my oven full of wood yesterday with temps way over 1,000 degrees.

Given that it is too late to do anything about it - I wouldn't worry! You will get some cracks and that is OK!
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:48 AM
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my floor bricks are moving way less than I was led to believe. And I had my oven full of wood yesterday with temps way over 1,000 degrees.

Given that it is too late to do anything about it - I wouldn't worry! You will get some cracks and that is OK!
Well technically it's not to late my floor bricks have been cut so they can be removed I just don't want to .
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:54 AM
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well in that case let's see if you get any responses from more experienced builders - I am still a newbie!
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:13 PM
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The circumference of the oven will expand much more (relatively speaking)than the floor so it is not a problem.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:21 PM
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As the base of the dome is the last part of the oven to get hot, particularly when driving out the water, surely it is the last part to expand.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:03 PM
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My sense from reading the forum is that the notion of an expansion joint around the floor started out as a slightly-overkill precaution and has taken on a life of its own. One builder (I've forgotten who) had significant cracking in their dome and blamed it on a chunk of mortar falling in between the floor and the dome walls. Mind you, I seem to recall that the cracking in this case was mostly a cosmetic problem, as is almost always the case with these ovens.

Since then, a number of builders (myself included) have stuck cardboard or some other temporary and flamable buffer to both create an expansion joint (and probably an overly large joint at that) and more importantly to prevent anything else from falling into the gap. If your bricks are snug, you've probably prevented anything from falling in, and as David and Tscar note, you won't have any problems with the bricks themselves.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:19 PM
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Here are the approximate numbers from 80 degrees start to 1000 degrees:

42" dome will expand from 131.94678" circumference to 132.673953365", the floor will expand from 42" to 42.23146666. No problem.


My walls are always hotter than the floor, even at the bottom until it evens out after being doored overnight.
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