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It does make very strong bricks!

And I like the idea of a strong foundation for the oven.

I want my insulation to sit only under the oven, because I like the appearance of a 3 1/2 inch hearth.

Now I just have to work out the details.......... like creating an oven shaped form....


I'll keep you informed Kemo.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:58 AM
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Pumice is widely used to make lightweight concrete or insulative low-density 'breeze-block' type bricks. When used as an additive for cement, a fine-grained version of pumice called pozzolan is mixed with lime to form a light-weight, smooth, plaster-like concrete. This form of concrete was used as far back as Roman times.

It is also used as an abrasive, especially in polishes, cosmetics exfoliants, and for stone-washed jeans. "Pumice stones" are often used in salons during the pedicure process to remove dry and excess skin from the bottom of the foot and also calluses. Finely ground pumice is added to some toothpastes and heavy-duty hand cleaners as a mild abrasive. Perhaps the most famous product advertised to contain pumice is Lava soap. It is a heavy-duty hand soap, sold in both bar and liquid form, for mechanics and others who get very dirty hands.
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:01 PM
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I'm anxious to hear how the final product works out. I bet the insulating layer with lava will have more strength vs the vermiculite which would make it a better platform for building on top of. I think I read somewhere that the vermiculite concrete wasnt very strong and wouldnt hold an anchor bolt.

thanks for doing all the research.
>If you need to embed an anchor bolt the place to do it is in the concrete layer and have it long enough to come up through the insulation layer. Then add a plate to distribute the load in the bolt area.
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:07 PM
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Now I just have to work out the details.......... like creating an oven shaped form....
The vermiculite layer can be easily trimmed and removed, you don't have to make a form exactly, even just enclosing it in a square form will work. After a couple of days remove the form and trim with a straight edge. Shovel, plaster knife (old one), brick trowel or what ever. If you time it right its just like cutting a rice crispy treat. Someone posted pic of them trimming it back but I cannot remember who or where.
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The vermiculite layer can be easily trimmed and removed, you don't have to make a form exactly, even just enclosing it in a square form will work. After a couple of days remove the form and trim with a straight edge. Shovel, plaster knife (old one), brick trowel or what ever. If you time it right its just like cutting a rice crispy treat. Someone posted pic of them trimming it back but I cannot remember who or where.
Thanks Uno,

But I already built my oven shaped form and poured the perlite insulating slab.

I was pleased with the results.
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So has anyone done further R&D with the pumicrete or lava rock in their oven?
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