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Old 07-22-2013, 11:03 AM
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After the curing I finished bricking the firebox. I laid the brick in a herringbone pattern. This was significant challenge for me. Remember...I have never laid one brick in my life before this project. If you are thinking of making an oven just take your time and consult this board. You can do it if I can.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:10 AM
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After I completed the firebox I blocked in the top section to build the structure to enclose the oven. I painted the firebox black....still not sure if I made the right choice on that or not. Harder to see the brickwork when painted. The roof will eventually be granite slabs but for the winter I just made some plywood wrapped in plastic tarps to protect it the oven from the Michigan winter. Worked pretty well. The structure is taking shape at this point.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:23 AM
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Over the winter months I made the heat door. I cut a piece of plate steel, create a cavity to fit some left over insulation board and finished it off with an outside wood, handles and temp guage. Painted all the metal with high temp Bar-b-que paint. The door works fantastic! Even on cold Michigan winter nights the oven would be 300+ the next day.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:25 AM
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Here is the fireplace in action.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:28 AM
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Once Spring broke I connected the decorative lighting.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:30 AM
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Then I fit the granite roof.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:35 AM
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Next, I finished the granite and set all the cultured stone. I took the one middle stone to a Tombestone place and they cut the name and year in for me.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:02 PM
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I added the mantel. I thought a wood mantel would soften up all the stone and granite. I bought this from a reclaimed timber place near Flint, MI. It was called something like "Second Chance Lumber". This piece was a beam in a Northern Michigan barn built over 100 years ago. The notches in the front are where the roof rafters would sit. Makes for a great conversation piece. As if we need more to talk about than our great ovens!
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:08 PM
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Finished oven at night...
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:57 PM
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Very interesting build. I have seen lots of discussion of a combined fireplace/oven, but nobody who cracked the design as well as you seem to have. Do the flues meet at some point above your entry arch, or do you have 3 exits out the top of the housing?

I am wondering because it seems like it would be a cool thing to be able to pre-heat your flue by using the fireplace.
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