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Old 08-27-2009, 03:00 PM
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"I WAS a bit shocked though by how much of my $$$ Refmix went to fill those gaps."

Just use the straight Refmix on the inside of the joint to a maximum thickness of 1/4 inch. For the wider part of the joint, use a 1:2 mix Fefmix/mortar sand.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:23 PM
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Niel, I know what you mean about the gaps sucking it up.. The soldiers are expensive that way, but with a 10" saw and the limitation of a 3.5" cut, there is no easy way out of it.. I was runnig the numbers on the front arch today and if I go with a 7" gap for smoke the front arch bricks will take 4 cuts to bevel the bricks.. My point is that it seems to be saw blades bricks or mortar. Finding the balance of brick fit, mortar and time, and some areas, like the front entry and chimney, just take time. Oh heck!! the whole oven.. But It's so rewarding to see the progress, I'm really looking forward to cooking, baking, braising, etc...

On a seperate but related note, I found a Bakery next to work, that will dial up their large Hobart mixer for those party loads of dough. It was funny to see her face when I briefly discribed why I needed this much dough and the oven I'm building. She's from Germany and misses a real brick oven for her bread making. I passed the FB site address along..

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Old 09-07-2009, 05:36 PM
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3 days and most of 4 more rows done.


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Old 09-07-2009, 05:39 PM
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It's looking good, Chris! You can almost smell the pizza!
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:49 PM
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Nice! I can smell the pizza, too.

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Old 09-08-2009, 07:31 AM
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Thanks guys,

With all of the logistics of the chimney, the housing structure, and the oven door, I still seem to be a bit congested. All of that said, Iím starting to pay more attention to bread flour, and braising recipes.


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Old 09-13-2009, 03:15 PM
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62 Degrees and counting. 3 more courses and the cork.

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Old 09-13-2009, 07:09 PM
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Looks real good Chris. Your craftsmanship shows. Closing it up is a real exciting part. It is fun to look beyond ingredients and recipes for high-heat mortar and switch to cooking mode. It wont be long now. Keep up the great work. -Dino
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:26 AM
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Thanks Dino, the complement is much appreciated.

It looks like I was a bit optimistic on the rows need to complete. After measuring the opening and doing the math, I have 4 courses to go and the cork. Maybe I can get these done in the next 2 weekends, my fingers are crossed..

On course 9, I cut the bricks at 3x3" 4"x5" and 4.5"x4.5". The 4" inch seems to be a good width but I just didn't have enough of them on this tier. On the next course I have an estimated 10 bricks to divide up. I'll sacrifice 1 inch on 3 of these to get 6 4" bricks and set the rest at 3" and 4.5", I still have 3 5"ers left over. These 5" are nice to bridge over a 3" brick. I did want to mention that the cuts from a previous course still fit in nicely. As mentioned elsewhere, “Mortar is your friend”.

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Old 09-17-2009, 02:09 PM
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Wow Chris, great job!

Nice workmanship, clean bricks, very nice. Man I miss the build process. I'm trying to convince friends of mine to build one just so I can help.

Keep up the good work and be sure to take a ton of pictures, you'll thank yourself later.
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