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Old 07-13-2010, 07:47 AM
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Quick update, FB contacted me on the mortar issue and is on the ball so Kudos to them.

3 more chains to go and I will have closed the dome.
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:44 PM
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Ok here are some update pictures.

1st is me trying to cure some refractory cement in a fire.

Didn't have 9" clay rounds so I bought some ovals cut them and cemented them together. Seemed to work kind of OK.

Next are some pictures of the work in progress. Dome is going up. Only have 1 more chain and a capstone left. Hoping to be finished tomorrow.

Here is how the vent is going to sit on the arch. I will cut some brick and mortar it in place. I am hoping I will be able to get a good draw with only a 24" tall stack.
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:46 PM
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Few more pictures

more of the oven vent and them some of the whole backyard. Getting ready for some concrete to be poured.

Fun, Fun Fun....
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:37 PM
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wow...thats a lot of concrete...i'm in the process of doing something similar...just about 1/3 the size. Are you renting a concrete truck, or are you going to buy and mix the concrete yourself? either way it seems like you're getting a lot done!
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:45 PM
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Thanks Matt,

It works out to about 650 Sq Ft. Have a contractor coming in the morning with with the truck and pumper. Going after a stamped colored concrete and thought it would be a little much for me to do on my own. Sometimes the money is worth it.

Should be a huge change in the back yard in about 24 hours.

Speaking of which. I finished my dome today and set my vent chamber. Now the drying starts, which is kind of good because the next few days are supposed to be in the high 90s/100s. Wonder if I can skip the first fire day if the outside ambient is already at 100 degrees. Figure I will wait until Monday and then start my curing. Think I will try to accelerate the first four days into two, by doing a fire in the morning and then one at night. With 10 hours of cool down minimum between them. Should be OK, but I will check my temps...

Dome ended up being an inch higher(20.5 v 19.5) than I was shooting for but I'm OK with that because the top of my door was 1/2 higher than I wanted (12.5 v 12). My oven is 39 inches round so I don't think I will have any problems...
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:53 PM
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Here's a few more update photos.

Currently on the 4th curing fire...3 more days to go. I am lighting 2 fires per day one morning one evening and letting them cool down in between.

Had the concrete poured and am working on tiling the rest of the kitchen.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:04 PM
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Forgot the pictures
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:32 PM
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Ok, so now I am on my curing fires and I have a few questions.

I was working up the temperature chain and at about 400 degrees I started to get the spider crack on the outside of my dome. Didn't think much of it becasue it was a 1/4 to 3/8 inch parge coat I added after the dome was built and they looked like expansion cracks kind of like an egg shell.

Well I kept working my way up and the outside never really got hot until today when I finally went to 800 degrees. The cracks started to steam a little and it smelled like drying concrete. The steamed for about an hour and then dried out and the temp started to rise again. I kept the fire going at about 600-700 degrees for 6 hours and the outside of the dome is at about 220 to 260 depending on where you take the temperature.

The largest cracks are between 1/16-1/8 of inch. The steam smelled like drying cement and I didn't see any smoke coming out. I am guessing that this was just eh parge coat cracking and drying.

Haven't seen any cracks on the inside, but I have to get in there and take a look after it cools.

Here are some pictures, any thoughts.

Final question, at what temp is does the dome finally clear? Mine hasn't yet and I was just wondering.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:12 AM
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Here are the latest update pictures.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:07 PM
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Hey Bob, I can't imagine building a whole outdoor kitchen at the same time doing the Pompeii style wfo. You've pulled it off well. I like the horizontal stone, it looks really nice. Your pizza looks good too, but you'll see how it colors up better when the temp is in the 750+ range throughout.

I think the dome clears at around 800 deg to 850 deg of sustained and saturated heat. You'll see, it will be really easy to get there after about an hour of firing. I assume you don't have the insulation on yet? Do you plan on 4 inches of vermi-crete or 2+ inches insulation blanket? Once you put the insulation on, it gets a lot easier to get to those higher temps and hold them. Impossible without it. Those hairlines are small and I can't imagine any moisture left after your 800 deg fire. I now go to 800 to 900 deg fires at the peak for a short time and find the whole thing clears easily and saturates with heat for hours.

Great job,
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