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Old 06-14-2011, 11:56 AM
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The heat is not kind for mortaring
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That's an understatement. I am in Orlando for training and the heat is a killer for anything outside, except sitting by the pool with a margarita.
Anyhow, the oven looks great.

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Old 06-15-2011, 04:27 PM
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Thanks Mark. I have been using homebrew 3:1:1:1 with 1.8-2 parts water. I've been mixing it pretty wet to start with and add water when needed. I have been following your build and send my congrats, looks great.

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Old 06-26-2011, 06:08 PM
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Finally finished another course including the dreaded arch transition. After everything cures up for a few days, I'll contour the inside area around the arch. It took the weekend to figure out how to do the transition, but like everything else, if I could do it again starting with the course before, I'd do it differently. Hopefully it's sound and will last as long as the oven does. The whole build I've struggled with the left side of the dome. I start at the opposite side of the entry, and work toward the arch both ways. Maybe it's because working left to right, then right to left, I don't know. But one thing I know...oh yes...I will have the last laugh because the left side is where the fire will be, forever. Wish I counted the man-hours, even though it really is a blast to build this thing.

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Old 07-04-2011, 11:22 AM
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Another course completed. Kind of slow going, but I can see the finish line after getting through the arch transition.

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Old 07-13-2011, 10:51 AM
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Finished one more course. I had some problems with this one. I started using smaller bricks, and the 5 degree angle wouldn't work out. I've been using JCG31's slope angle graph to figure my bevels and angles. The bevels have been working out fine, the angles I'll have to play with from now on. Still having fun except the heat is terrible.

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Old 07-16-2011, 05:39 PM
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Another course and a half done. I really love this homebrew. After all of this mortaring, I've figured out the right wetness of the mortar and the brick to get the best stick. The half course is about 75 degrees and after just a minute or so, it's stuck well enough to move along to the next brick. After about 15 minutes, the brick is solid enough for cleaning. These two courses are the first I've had to crawl inside the dome to clean, glad I fit ok. If not for the lightning and downpours, I might have finished except keystone.

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Old 07-17-2011, 08:58 AM
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You are almost there!!

The most challenging bricks are coming, but when you close the top, it will seem soooo simple to have done.

It looks great!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:04 AM
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Thanks Lee, I'm looking forward to it. JCG31"s slope/angle graph has been the ticket for figuring out the angles. Hopefully by the end of the week it'll be a complete dome.

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Leigh,

Nice job on the cuts and assembly. You'll have a first-rate oven when you're done.

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Old 07-21-2011, 06:12 AM
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Thanks John, I appreciate that. Your build is a lesson in precision which I appreciate as well.

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