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Old 10-14-2011, 08:24 PM
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I ended up driving to FB today and picked up 100 lbs of the mortar. I am planning to finish my dome this weekend! Did not want to take the chance that I would run out.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:49 PM
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Driving!!! So you saved the shipping charge!...Nice
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:23 PM
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I am up to my 7th chain, need to figure out the bevel for the arch to dome transition. I looked at a lot of builds and the pictures have been very helpful. I think I will dive in and cut some bricks, and see what happens.

That is Munson waiting for pizza!
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:45 PM
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I can see how these oven builds can take months or even years to complete, so many thing in life take priority, like the honey do list. I have had a few evenings free and have finished my dome.

My ID tool moved and I did not notice messed up my 8th chain a little but re centered it and went on.

When I got up to my 10th chain I used a pistol grip clamp to hold the first brick in place and placed two bricks and let it set. Using that method I was able to do the last 3 chains without a form.

No form made cleaning easier, but it is hard to reach in a 42 inch oven, I missed a few spots that hardened. I don't think anyone will care once the pizza start coming out.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:08 PM
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Almost done! Finished my vent and arch and covered the oven with FB blanket 3 inches. The FB Blanket was easy to work with and stayed in place. Covered it with chicken wire and put on the first coat of stucco. I want to start a fire in the oven but need to wait a few more days to cure for a full seven days and now it looks like it is going to rain.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:34 PM
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Wait.. have you put the blanket + render on without even curing? .. doesnt sound right..

Wheres the water from the mortar supposed to go?
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:04 PM
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Hi Chidding,

Good to hear from you.

I thought the same thing that the water would boil out the top and need somewhere to go. I believe the water left in the bricks and mortar will go out though the vent. The finished ovens from Forno Bravo are insulated and rendered before curing.

I think the moisture travels to the interior of the oven in order to equalize the heat in the bricks.

I am sure some one here can explain thermal dynamics a lot better.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:18 PM
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From my understanding, the moisture will escape away from the fire.. so mostly outwards in all directions..

The cast ovens from FB have been curing for a long time before you get them though.. thats the difference if im not mistaken.

Im sure you'll be ok, its just not an optimal route in terms of curing..
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:23 PM
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Finally stopped raining for a few days, I have used the rain delays to let my oven cure for about a month, and finished the outside of the igloo. I covered the rendering with Red Guard water proofing, finishes stucco, and applied a travertine and onyx mosaic to the oven.

I thought the mosaic would go on easily because it came in 1 foot sheets, when I started putting the sheets on after about the 3 sheet I could see that it was not going to line up due to the curvature of the oven. I ended up removing the few sheets and taking the 1"x 1" tiles off the mat backing and placing them by hand. It took me 3 evenings and nights to place all 7200tiles and two 25 lbs bags of grout.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:47 PM
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Here are some pictures of my finished oven and first curing fire!

The oven was made to be mobile using a forklift, it moves OK on solid ground, but on uneven train it was a bit scare, I felt like I night tip over. Before I move it again I will have to put some rock/road base in from my patio to my ranch trail/road.

I made the door out of 2 pieces of 18 Gage steel, 1 1/4" metal strap, and a pair of knobs cost $50. I placed a sheet of FB blanket in the middle of the metal and I had a friend weld it for me. I just need to grind the welds smooth, cut the blots for the handles down, and paint the door. The small hole is for the thermometer, I have a nut welded to the inside to secure it.
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