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Old 10-17-2007, 11:41 AM
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6th course. Its astounding that they stay up there, looks like they shouldn't, but somehow they do. Now I'm singing "every brick I take, every move I make, I am watching you..." As long as I don't get to "London bridge is falling down" I'll be ok.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:48 AM
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Looks great Frances!

It's nice to have another non-taperer to build with!

Wait until the next row you will be singing, "Please don't fall, don't faaaaaall, I'm begging you to stay."

Keep up the good work.
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:01 PM
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Thanks Dave! Yours aren't tapered either? Cool, I thought I was the only one...
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:23 AM
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7th course. It's not perfect, but it is so SO COOL to be building this!
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7th course. It's not perfect, but it is so SO COOL to be building this!
Yours is much more perfect than mine. Somewhere along the way I lost my roundness!

But it's good for me.


woohoo!!!

It looks great! I thought I would like the look of an arched entry way more, but you may have changed my mind. I really like the look of your entry.

It sure is exciting when you get closer to closing the dome. I'm getting close, and I can't wait to get back to work on mine this weekend.

Do you have any ideas how you are going to finish the dome upon completion?
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:28 AM
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Thank you Dave, its always nice to have your feedback. Hooray for non-perfect ovens! Actually I think its really cool how every builder's oven is different, makes it very personal somehow (show me your oven and I'll tell you who you are...).

I would have liked an arched entry on mine, but decided it would be too difficult - there'll be a non-supporting one on the outside instead.

Hahaaaa, and the dome finish... Igloo. With mosaics, that's my thing. This whole oven thing is really just a base for a mosaic (rather an elaborate base, I'll admit). Think twirly bits, colours, a twisty witchy chimney, dragons, gargoyles - there was a link to a page with dragon chimneys in one thread. Man I'd like one of those!!

Only I'm thinking that with not being sure if my dome will last because the mortar I'm using, it might be better to build an enclosure so I can get at the dome later on. :-(

How about your oven finishing plans then?
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:09 PM
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Igloo for me too. And some stucco. I'm gonna paint the dome and stand to match, and use red clay tiles that I will cut into triangles for borders on the stand, around the oven entry, and around the wood entry on the stand.

Then again... I'm thinking about building an enclosure out of weathered wood fencing and making it look like an old shack. Complete with a sign hanging from a chain. Where one side has fallen down.....windows... doors.. etc..All crooked and funny looking.. where the porch is my oven entry.

I just cant decide...

Just ramble thoughts... and more....decisions....

BTW- I loved the dragon too.
It was cool, I think Sarah may have posted it.

And I can't wait to see your mosaic.

And you are right about personality in the oven build.
I'm kind of lazy and laid back. If it works it works...
Know what I mean?
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:31 AM
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8th course. I thought of a new song to sing: "slipslip sliding awayaahay". But they don't, they just stick there. Fascinating.

I've been shaping every second of third brick slightly to get a better fit and will probably go to thirds on the next row. On one picture you can also see my work supervisor. He's really into protective clothing and would like to see me wearing the goggles and filter 24/7...

My newest worry is that temperatures will fall below freezing before I've been able to dry out the dome a bit. I'm thinking that my non-cement based mortar will not react kindly to low temperatures if its still this wet. Worst case scenario would be a complete rebuild in spring...

But on the plus side, it answers the cure-before-insulating-or-after question for me
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:49 AM
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BTW the shack idea sounds interesting Dave. That would certainly make your oven one of a kind.
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Here is what I sort of have in mind...
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