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Old 01-26-2012, 10:41 PM
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So I got my extra bricks and spend last weekend cutting in the last ring and then the middle brick. So fiddly


I waited for a day and then started the curing process, I know probably didn't wait long enough.....



Got myself a gas ring burner and left it running on low for 24 hours.



Temp got to after 24 hours 80 Deg C on the lower sections and up to 180 Deg C at the inside of the dome, the heat soaked thru after about 10 hours to the point that I had to hold back the tears if I put my hand on the out side of the top on the dome.
Ill leave it for a couple days now before I wrap it in the insulating ceramic blanket.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:48 PM
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More of the Curing process,



Found this today at the shops, could have saved myself a heap of trouble.



Got an 8 inch 6 foot long flu coming and have my local laser cutter cutting me some 3mm stainless to cover the facia and my door is going to be a bit 6mm cement sheet sandwiched between 6mm Stainless on the fire side and 3mm stainless out side, getting the idea of hot forging some big copper rivets to hold it all together.
Also ordered today all the 30mm sandstone tiles for the slab surface, I will seal it with a wet seal to bring out the grain of the sandstone.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:49 PM
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Ill leave it for a couple days now before I wrap it in the insulating ceramic blanket.
Prolly best to some curing fires before you insulate otherwise you just trap the moisture in the oven.
It takes months for the oven to come good with no moisture in it.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:51 PM
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Al,
when you say curing fires, do you think I should actually light a fire in there or just continue with my ring burner, turning up the temp each time??
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:54 PM
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Light some small fires, dont go the whole Devil fires just yet, small and low, for a week or so.

Hey that has a ring to it.....

The gas burner is only good to a point.
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For your sized oven you should burn at least one full bottle of gas. As your temps indicated, there is still tons of water in the lower part of the dome and floor. Some kind of makeshift door, partially closed, that will still allow some oxygen in will help to keep in heat. I use one made of ss as shown in the thread on curing.

Regarding the ss door you plan on making, remember that ss warps way more than mild steel when heated, but I think 6mm will prevent that. Heavy uninsulated steel doors provide a good path for conductive and radiated heat loss.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:10 AM
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Hey David,
Thanks for the tips. I was thinking that the lower walls were cooler cause the heat from the burner went straight up thus heating the roof first? I did go thru a full bottle, amazing actually I got about 28 hours out a a already partially empty 9KG bottle, I was quite surprised.
Now as for your comment of the door, "Heavy uninsulated steel doors provide a good path for conductive and radiated heat loss"
is that a good thing or bad?? Will the bit of 6mm cement sheet do the job of insulation or should I use a thicker sheet or something else?
Thanks a heap for you help tho.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:24 AM
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Scotty,
When you get rid of most of that water the oven will heat more evenly. It is a bit like a wet sponge sitting outside to dry. The top half will dry out while the bottom half is still wet- have patience.
6mm of any insulator is not thick enough. Cement sheet will not cope with the heat and the fibres it contains may not be safe. An uninsulated door will work, but not as well as one that is insulated. Traditionally Italian ovens had wooden doors. These work quite well as wood is a way better insulator than steel. The trick was to soak itin a bucket of water to reduce charring. Another trick they used was to stuff wet newspaper around the door to make a really good seal.

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:27 AM
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Bloody good point on the fibres. I had not thought of that!
Ok back to the drawing board for the door, I have 2 laser cut door coming anyway one in 6mm and one in 3mm, Im sure I can come up with something to use the stainless.
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:19 AM
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wrapped with an inch of ceramic blanket.



First layer of render nearly done, for this im using 10 sand/6 Fire clay/3 lime/2 cement. the same mix I used for the brick mortar, but I used 5 water/1 Bondcrete for the water to mix the mud. At the moment its about an inch thick.

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