Old 07-18-2010, 02:15 PM
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Default Re: Rookie Oven Build in Delaware

Thanks for the input. We're working on finding fireclay in our area now and my husband is hoping to install the floor and get the first course in soon. Thanks again. I'm sure we'll have more questions as time goes on. Andrea.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:39 PM
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You will make yourself crazy if you try to listen to everyone on this forum Pick the best approach for you and stick with it!

I weeble wobbled so much it became frustrating and was taking some of the fun out of the build. Tons of full course ovens have been built and arguably work just as good as half or no soldier course....Tons of ovens have been built with soldier courses being on top of the floor and around the floor....as long as you use proper mortar I dont think these small variables in a personal oven will matter that much...not enough to fuss about it imo.

Good luck!
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:14 PM
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I'm not too familiar with Dover, except to pass by on 1 on the way to the beach. I found my fireclay near media, pa. If you can't find any local, give a hollar and I'll run some half way down or something. I live near the MD/PA border and get around quite a bit for work.

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Old 07-26-2010, 06:31 PM
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Even though I bought a bag of clay for my oven. IF I had it to do again I would just use sand. I collected all the fireclay from the tile saw and I could easily have just used that for the base layer if I had cut most of my bricks before starting any of the dome.
I honestly, looking back can't see the fireclay as a critical part of the construction. Anything that you can use to level it will do. Just go dig up a bucket of clay and fine dirt and your golden.

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Old 07-26-2010, 06:39 PM
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Agreed with WCD. I just leveled the vermicrete and placed the floor right on it... Frankly, having come close to completing an oven I have to say this isn't rocket science. Challenging. New skills to learn. But, not rocket science.

Realjaydub is right. Pick an approach that feels comfortable and stick with it. Likely you'll wind up with an oven that will out last you and maybe your kids.

Enjoy the process.

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