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Old 10-10-2009, 08:24 PM
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You're work is so nice that I'm really hesitant to let anyone see pictures of mine. Nice job.

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:28 PM
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Man, that's some nice brick work.
Kebwi,
Thanks! It takes me so long to cut and mortar a course in place but I'm usually happy with the end result. I'm quite certain I'm still gonna' get cracks. It seems so unavoidable...

Lars,
I am using the HeatStop 50. It's so nice to work with but expensive! I'm on my fourth 50lb bag and it's $50 a bag! It was in the low 30's here the other night - you are correct, that cold is a comin'!
I had a mason come out to quote a stone wall and steps for me this weekend. Of course I had to show him my pizza oven. He was impressed and his only comment was that he thought the mortar joints should be wider than the thin joints I have been busting my butt to get in there! He thinks as the oven heats up and cools down and expands and contracts the thicker mortar joints act as a "cushion" of sorts to allow the bricks to expand without cracking. I seem to think the HeatSop 50 sets-up harder than the bricks but I haven't done any testing to prove that.

Joe,
Your build looks great and you're cooking pizzas! I'm still buying pizza in New Haven! That's the most popular town for pizza in Connecticut. The pizza is good but expensive. We went out last night to a place called Bar - just Bar not The Bar. Their signature pizza is mashed potato and bacon - I'm not a fan of it but their other pizzas are great but pricey! A large mozzarella pizza with no toppings is $16.00. So if my oven ends up costing $3000 I would need to buy 187.5 of these pizzas to equal the cost of the oven. That's a lot of "dough'!


I cut the bricks for my next course. Now I need to find some time to mortar them in...

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:39 PM
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Hey Bob,
The pizza we make, basic hamburger, black olive, fresh tomato, onion, cheese... costs about $8. in groceries...

The mortar joints are SUPPOSED to be thin.

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:29 PM
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I know it's not like putting in the dome keystone but getting past the last course that transitions to the arch is a HUGE milestone, for me anyways! The two #$%@!#&$# bricks from this course (the 6th course) that transitioned into the arch wasted my entire afternoon! And the end result is not perfect! I ended-up with a small "V"-pocket gap that I relunctantly filled with HeatStop 50. The other imperfection was a mismatch in the small brick that I cut to finish off this course. This left a small step on the inside of the dome that will never be noticed without these pictures. Also, the two #$%@!#&$# bricks that transitioned into the arch are slightly steeper angle than the rest of the course. The next course will need to lay a little flatter (less mortar) in this area. It seems like I stayed away from the dreaded tear-drop shape. If anything I might have to use 1/3 cut bricks for the next course in this area so I don't get a large gap where the two #$%@!#&$# bricks meet.
Oh, I also ended-up lining-up a mortar joint with one from the fifth course. I was moving so quickly on the "easy" bricks that I over-looked it.
Well I think I made it obvious as to how much of a pain in the *ss the two arch transition bricks were. I just hope they and the mortar stay in place...
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:17 AM
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So, you are mortal and can cut a brick that isn't perfect. Well that makes me feel a little better about the 100's of imperfect cuts I ended up with before I closed my dome.

You can complain all you want, but your dome still looks perfect to me! And of course, I don't think you'll have critics sticking their heads in your oven trying to find imperfect brick cuts, they'll be too busy sticking delicious pizza in their (pizza)pie hole to care about the inside of the oven.

Keep up the good work, you're getting close!

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Old 10-22-2009, 10:51 AM
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You did great Bob. It's easy to be hard on yourself but your pictures don't lie. Your brickwork looks great. The little glob of mortar on the inside is fine and it helped keep your course round and avoid the teardrop. On my occasional (read: many) bricks that where higher than what they should be, I just took the angle grinder and VERY carefully took them down to match the bricks on either side. Like you said, you could also use less mortar and see it improve too.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:46 PM
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Very nice transition, Bob! The rest of the dome is going to be a breeze.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:52 PM
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I can't believe anyone would complain about that transition. Mine is so ugly that I refuse to post pictures of it. (Fortunately, it's well hidden now, so no one can ever see it.) I really doubt that it can be any better than you just did it.

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Old 10-23-2009, 03:11 PM
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Thank you for all the compliments. I'm really not complaining - I was just "venting" because of how much time I wasted on putting thos two bricks in place. It really took me most of the afternoon!
Dino, I didn't think of grinding uneven edges - that would work great. I'll have to pick-up a cheap grinder - I think I have seen them for under $20.
Darius, I will invite anybody who wants to look in the oven just after the temps hit 900 degrees!
Joe, I almost didn't post pictures of this course. But I have been posting every course so why stop now. I wish I took pictures of the two bricks before mortaring them in. I basically used my hands as a fixture and the tile saw as a 5-axis grinder!
DB, I'm hoping it'll be a breeze too. I'm hoping I don't have to cut bricks into thirds if I keep tapering them. But that would probably make a lot of scrap/wasted bricks. Decisions...decisions....

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Old 10-24-2009, 01:33 AM
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Hey Bob,

Nice build! I could make you feel alot better if I posted a picture of the inside of my oven transition, but it would scare me to see it again. Don't sweat it when your oven is at temp and pizzas are rolling out into greedy hands you will be laughing.

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