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Old 07-21-2011, 02:50 AM
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Next step, insulation. I found working with the insulating blanket quite easy. As many have said before, it's easy to cut, and it tends to stay in place where you put it. It was harder getting the wire mesh to do the same. It'll do what it wants until you wire and bend it into submission.

To cover up the insulation, I used a good thick layer of standard render. I used by hands a fair bit to massage the render into the wire mesh, get it to stick and smooth it to the shape I wanted.

For anyone who hasn't worked with concrete before, lime burns really do hurt. Early on I had stuck my bare hands into wet cement to mix and so on. You don't realise it's burning. Any small cuts or scrapes are worst - they pick bits of cement and it sets, burning further in. The next day you'll feel it. Had to take a day off work coz I couldn't button a shirt alone drive a mouse or keyboard (yeah, I'm a desk jockey). So, whilst using you hands is a good way to mould the render into the shape you want, use rubber gloves. And, the gloves will wear through quite quickly. Change them.

Anyhoo, here's some photos for your viewing pleasure.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:00 AM
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... and render going on ...

Here you can see that I have covered the dome, placed the flue and covered the top and sides of the entry arch. At this stage I have not touched the base surrounding the dome nor the front face of the arch. I did have aspirations of covering these parts with some tile, brick or stone covering. I shopped around and could never really find what I wanted. Actually, I did find some really nice black limestone that would have looked pretty good, but at a squillion dollars per cubic centimetre, and being almost impossible to cut into a curve, I quickly changed my mind.

In these photos I still had no idea how I was going to finish it off.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:08 AM
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Then I thought "that render was pretty easy to work with, so why not finish the lot off with render?"

I whipped up a wooden frame for formwork for an outer entry arch and wedged it into place. I then attached some more mesh into place for the render to stick to. The outer arch has a lip at the top to divert more of the smoke up the flue rather than out the front.

I gotta say, I was pretty chuffed with the outcome.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:26 AM
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Now, shield your eyes ... don sunglasses ... and put on a hat

Covering the render was another dilemma. I first thought I could use some waterproof render coat that could take some heat and expand/contract. After doing some hunting around, I came to the conclusion that no such product existed. I dunno what others have used, but once I explained what I needed to a guy at a specialist paint store, he suggested I just use paint. It wasn't structural, so didn't need to be thick. It just needed to be waterproof and somewhat flexible.

Because I wanted the sandstone look, I went for a textured paint product. I didn't have to do that, because the render already had the sandstone feel, but the textured paint went on thicker than a standard paint would, providing extra flexibility.

As for colour ... hmmmm. How do I describe it. Bright? Perhaps. At one point the space shuttle tried to land in my backyard. Low flying aircraft have complained about blinding lights. And bees ... bees have tried to mate with it.

Ok, so the colour is a little brighter than I expected. You really don't get a proper idea of a colour from those silly little swatches they make. I thought it'd be a little more sandstoney than bumblebee, but bumblebee we got. I even thought about painting black stripes around the dome to complete the look.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:31 AM
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In the next instalment, I shall take you through making the bench top ... oh and show you how thankfully the dome has toned down somewhat. It has faded into a more respectable pale yellow with a nice black smokey mouth indicating plenty of use.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:31 PM
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If you glue some glossy tiles around the front of your arch any smoke staining will easily wipe off with some damp newspaper.Use a black grout.
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