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Old 06-17-2013, 09:38 PM
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You've got us newbies curious now - you're going have to tell us what the curing method is " that shall not be discussed" !!
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Anchor plate is on. Bolted down and mortar on.



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Is the chicken wire used to hold down the fiber blanket just there to keep it in place while the enclosure is built or is it there to keep it tight up against the dome. I'll be burrying my dome and fiber blanket in vermiculite once the enclosure is built.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:30 PM
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Is the chicken wire used to hold down the fiber blanket just there to keep it in place while the enclosure is built or is it there to keep it tight up against the dome. I'll be burrying my dome and fiber blanket in vermiculite once the enclosure is built.
From my experience the fiber blanket seems to hold firm and stay in place where it is placed. I included chicken wire on my dome in hopes of keeping some of the weight of the vermicrete from compressing the blanket. If you are back filling with dry vermiculite, it may not be needed.
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Is the chicken wire used to hold down the fiber blanket just there to keep it in place while the enclosure is built or is it there to keep it tight up against the dome. I'll be burrying my dome and fiber blanket in vermiculite once the enclosure is built.
No biggie if it doesn't contact the dome completely...air space is a good insulator.
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Starting to come up with my decorative arch design. The stone in this picture is what my wife and I picked out. I'm thinking of making the decorative arch out of standard brick with the keystone being a piece of granite with an L engraved in it. Something like this photo.

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Old 06-19-2013, 01:03 PM
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Ok so I've been reading the past few days on the curing fires. I'm going to put in a few 500 watt halogen lamps. My question is... and I find all kinds of answers on here is... do I hold my first fire and those following once i hit my desired temp for 6 or so hours (some say the first two fires hold for 12 hours or more) or do I drop down to ambient temp once I hit my high for the day?
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That's cool!! I like it
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I am no expert, but I had some really low and long fires for the first three or four curings. Probably in the 3-5 h range. I did let the first fires die out several times so that the temp would not get to high. I was using a grill thermometer to monitor the temp, as I did not have my IR laser thermometer at the time. By my fourth fire, temp was approaching 400f.

My overall advise, take you time, go low and slow. Don't rush. From all the experts on this great forum, I followed there advise and I have yet to see any cracks in my 42". (knock on wood). The only other note, I had to wait at least an additional two weeks after I finished the dome to start any fires as I was out of town. This probably had something to do with drying things out as well because the daytime temps were above 75F as well. The longer your mortar cures, the stronger.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:21 PM
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Ok all my CF blanket is on and I'm ready to start curing. I'm using 2: 700 Watt Halogen lamps for my first few curings. I tried it for 15 minutes tonight just so I could see light from the inside of my oven. I'll start them up for longer tomorrow. In 15 minutes I had my floor at 85 F and my walls towards the top of my oven at 125F. I wonder how hot these lamps will take me??? I'm using a MT6 laser thermometer.

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