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Old 04-28-2010, 09:36 AM
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Hi Peter.

Excellent progress.

What about posting a pic of your "indispensible tool"

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Old 04-28-2010, 01:11 PM
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Looking great, what type of mortar are you using?
How many full storage heater bricks do you think the whole job will end up using?

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Old 04-29-2010, 01:43 PM
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Couldnt resist it - laid another couple of courses yesterday evening. All going well so far. It's begining to look like an oven at last!

Jon, I'll take some pics of "indispensible tool" when I have chance probably over the weekend. It's LOW tech but it works.

The motar mix i'm using is 2:2:1 Soft sand, Fireclay and Cement. I made a couple of sample mixes and rolled them into small balls and 'fired' them in my Chiminea. The mix held up pretty well, a couple of cracks but I think that was because they were pretty damp when I fired them but seemed solid. By cutting each block into a wedge I've kept my mortar joints pretty tight so hopefully if the mortar isn't perfect it shouldn't be a disaster.

(I'm of to make an offering to the pizza oven gods just in case!)

As to the number of bricks I havn't got a clue! I promise to do a count when I complete the dome I reckon I've used 60-70 'ish full blocks in the dome so far and I'm on th 7th course. Luckily I seem to have an almost endless supply!

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Old 04-29-2010, 02:55 PM
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I like your octagonal entryway. That's very distinct on FB.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:57 PM
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Peter - looking really good. I can't believe your luck with the storage heater bricks.
Was down my local tip earleir, and did ask if they had many storage heaters in where I would be able to reclaim the bricks, guy said that while they do get them in, it isn;t very often, so would take me absolutely ages.

Ive resigned myself to forking out 300+ for fire bricks.

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:07 PM
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Hey PJ..
Very nice so far,, And fast.. Keep up the good work,
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Go PJ, Great looking work and it has to be the fastest build I've seen. You are motivated!

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Old 04-30-2010, 05:47 AM
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Drake,

I am motivated by 'The Boss' a.k.a Senior Management, Head of Finance, My little Commandant or Head Foreman.

I refer to none other than my lovely wife.

Trust me, I have all the motivation I need...

(she's gonna kill me when she reads this!)

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Old 05-02-2010, 07:27 AM
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Newbie here. My WFO project is probably a year off in the future. I am curious, what is a "storage heater brick?" What is a "storage heater"? Is this a British or European thing?

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Old 05-03-2010, 12:56 PM
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Hi Ton - I think they are a UK thing. Although not so popular these days, some eletricity suppliers used to (still do?) have lower electricty off peak (at night), so storage heaters draw on this chaper electricity throgh the night and stored in the bricks, and then released through the day.

Heres what wiki says on the matter. That font of all accurate? knowledge!Storage heater - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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