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Old 06-14-2013, 06:37 PM
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Almost there, very nice brick work, tight cuts and seam staggers.
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:48 AM
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12th course complete.........The exercise ball is the ticket for dry fit and mortaring the courses......... Works well, over inflate set and mortar brick then deflate and make adjustments as you concentrically tap inward……looking for suggestions on how to complete dome closure.
My grappling hook idea worked well but to be honest the heat stop I used was so sticky that I never needed any forms at all. You might be surprised if you try the same.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:14 PM
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Thanks Utah and K79..... .........Dry fitted what I think is the last course today #13 before the afternoon rains began...............

K79, I liked the grappling hook idea. I was pulling my hair out using only the clay for dry fit of the 11th course. I was thinking where my treble hooks were and what type of line I was going to use, when I spotted the wife’s exercise ball....... So I deflated it and inserted. Thought the radius was going to be an issue, turns out to be a plus the ball can be inflated and deflate once all the course is fitted to check final alignment……

Working without the IT for tilt caused the dome to be slightly higher than planned. At one point I thought my dome was going to have a “Cone Head” like from the old episodes of "Saturday Night Live"…

I guess I got a little aggressive with the dry out lights below the hearth it reached near 200 degrees overnight. The hearth developed a hairline crack started on the last course of block and disappears beneath the oven……..Bummer!!!!!

Sorry I should have explained myself better on the suggestions. It’s a little clearer now on how to close the dome……….I was thinking of going back to a full size ½ brick again. I’m glad I chose to stick with 1/3 size bricks, worked well. So to clarify myself, how should I fit the plug one, two, three pieces????



Ps. Should heard the wife scream when she saw her deflated ball left for dead on the pool deck cover in mortar........LOL
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:38 PM
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KB, you will get cracks no matter what you do - peace out and don't worry about them - your oven build is close to perfect!
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KB, you will get cracks no matter what you do - peace out and don't worry about them - your oven build is close to perfect!
Thanks Boe. I'm calling it my first controlled expansion joint. It lines up directly with the seam in the hardie board I used as a permanent form board.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:28 PM
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The last course is complete …………yippy. It far from perfect a few chipped bricks from my over aggressive hammering and a few misalignments, other than that I’m happy.

Decided to make peace with my WFO widowed wife, I told her to take a look inside, she’s been on cloud 9 all day……. I’m sure I’m not the first……….. But this is pay back for my buddies that make me look bad all year long when their wives get flowers and mine doesn’t………. Who’s the poor sap sucker now?
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:41 PM
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Add an engraved heart to the plug and your will be golden with Julie...............She will be peeking inside the dome everytime it clears. Nice work
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Looks great. What did you use to render the upper part of the dome?
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Add an engraved heart to the plug and your will be golden with Julie...............She will be peeking inside the dome everytime it clears. Nice work
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:39 AM
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Thanks guys hope to plug her soon............The oven....Bruce just mortar on upper dome
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