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Old 06-22-2011, 07:27 AM
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I’m not aware that any of us in the conversation is a professional Mason and a “Certified Heater Mason” in addition. This is in mind, I think we all fare pretty well for a bunch of rank amateurs. The Stovemaster oven, is very clean I wish he was my neighbor during my build, if for no other reason than to get a bit of feedback from time to time..

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Old 06-22-2011, 08:18 AM
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I am not a professional mason, but I am a masonry professional. In theory, there is no particular reason you could not build a mortarless oven, entryway included, but practically, you will always have some gaps. Gaps=leakage, leakage=erosion, erosion=fire hazard.

Mortar is to hold the bricks apart, that is, to allow imperfect units to be used to create a solid wall.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:34 AM
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Tscarborough,
I salute you!! I saw your post show up in the thread just after I hit the post, you beat me to the post.. I remembered that you had more direct mason experience, and didn’t remember immediately to what depth. No slight meant to you or other real masons in FB at all.

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Wow Dave - it's been a while. Or have you just been lurking?
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:14 AM
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Hi Les!

No lurking. Just haven't gotten on in awhile. Brings back some great memories.

Maybe I should hang around more!

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Didn't Frances build a mortarless oven. She used a mixture of sand and fireclay to seal/keep the bricks apart. Does that meet the definition of mortarless?
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Eric,

My guess is Frances' sand and fireclay constitute a mortar, which according to TScar is to keep the bricks apart. She just skipped the portland and lime.
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