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Old 09-27-2007, 07:04 AM
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It was Neill. It shows a picture of his very nice angle iron door jamb towards the bottom of the thread.
This:



is a very fancy way of doing an angle iron entry. There is the original method, which has an angle iron bridging the side walls of the oven entry, that support the upper course of bricks. Someone had the bright idea of putting the angle iron upside down, so that there would be an 45 degree iron face to the angled bricks, rather than big gobs of mortar in the angle iron.

Here's a pic of the original method:



from here (36" Oven Construction Pics)

I can't find a pic of the up-side down method, maybe someone with a better memory or searching skills can jump in.

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Old 09-27-2007, 05:19 PM
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David,

Was it Marcel? The post at http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/f....html#post9483 (For a few questions more) has a photo of an upside down angle iron over the entry which I think comes from Marcel in a response to whocanitbenow. There is a link to Marcel's photobucket site, and on it the angle iron seems to be simply sitting freely on the vent sides.

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Old 09-27-2007, 05:36 PM
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Frances,

I've just found another pic of 'normally oriented' angle iron with what appears to be bits of firebrick cut to the desired angle. It's at http://www.fornobravo.com/pizza_oven...ouisiana3.html. Again the iron seems to be just sitting there.

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Old 09-28-2007, 09:52 AM
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Yes it does help, a great deal! Good pictures, thanks guys! I think I've got it all worked out. All I need now is a diamond saw and some time...

BUT, you won't reading any more posts from me for a while, not because I've given up in disgust, but because we're going on holiday for two weeks. To Italy actually, the Land of Pizza :-)

So, does anyone have any tips on how to deal with ovenbuilding withdrawal simptoms? Lots of Pizza and Chianti? Yeah, that might do the trick...

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Old 09-28-2007, 10:24 AM
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I've just found another pic of 'normally oriented' angle iron with what appears to be bits of firebrick cut to the desired angle.
I don't think I ever saw that picture,



although I remember seeing the finished oven. As a side note, those big bricks with square holes are very odd by USA standards. I guess everything is different in Louisiana.
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Spoken like a true Yank.
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Frances,

Since the first ring, I have also been experiencing some shrinkage cracks using a pre-mixed air-set mortar, but it's very inconsistent. I'm almost certain that some cracking has occurred where I've over-wet the bricks, so perhaps the mortar is too sloppy and hence shrinks more? I had my brickie help out on part of one course (to show me how I should be doing it), and he advised against wetting the bricks at all, or perhaps just a light spray with a spray bottle. His technique was different from mine, and started out with a normally buttered brick of about ½" thick, then he pounded hell out of it with a rubber mallet to get it down to the required height. But there was still the odd hairline crack!

I'm currently dipping each brick into a pail of water briefly, and lightly spraying the brick bed, thinly buttering the brick and laying it. This seems to produce the best results in terms of plasticity of mortar to bed it in easily, and minimal cracking.

Despite all the cracks though, it feels as solid as a rock!

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I was soaking my bricks tonite.

Sometimes it seemed hard to get the mortar to stick.

Maybe I will try your method tomorrow.
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I think the issue of wetting bricks is heavily dependent upon the type of mortar being used. I hope to find the best way (for my mortar) before I reach the top course! P.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:43 AM
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OK, so this is how I put in the door. I'll put in several pics, seeing as there anren't that many of openings with angle irons yet...
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