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Old 07-24-2009, 03:33 PM
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Today I was able to get the vent bricks cut and shaved to hold the clay flue. I created a wooden template of the base of the flue to help get things just right and once I was done mortaring the bricks in place the flue slipped right into my pre-cut bricks and mortar. I then slapped some mortar around the base of the flue and filled any gaps on the inside.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:27 PM
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Lookin good Shay...

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Old 07-24-2009, 07:06 PM
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Wow you are a fast builder.

I also want to try to use a clay flue. However, I am a little concerned by the number of people that have had problems with the flue cracking. Are you insulating your flue or doing anything to try to mitigate cracking?

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Old 07-24-2009, 07:59 PM
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Only thing I have planned so far is to pour some perlite/portland around it tomorrow.. then I'll let it sit a week before I start firing.

oh, and cross my fingers..

As for speed, this is actually taking a lot longer then I thought it would. The dome was pretty quick but the entrance and arches take a lot of trial and error cutting which slows down the process a lot.. Originally I was hoping to complete an entire kitchen this summer but now I'll be lucky to complete just the oven..
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:51 PM
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Hey Matt,
I put up several posts about my experience with cracking, curing, and the clay flue. I really think it is all about the oven heating in an even manner. When you wrap your flue in portland/vermiculite, or even just enclosing it so cool air is not incident upon the outside, I think the liner will work fine.

Mine cracked, but after it's surrounded, the crack ONLY opens up on the top where it isn't surrounded.

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Old 07-24-2009, 09:27 PM
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Lars,

Thanks for the info. There may be hope yet.

Shey let us all know how yours works out when you fire it up.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:44 PM
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While I'm waiting impatiently for the oven to cure I decided to make some progress on the rest of the kitchen.. dang this oven is taking a lot of my time.. Sooo I put forms up for the bottoms of the 2 side counters. The middle part will be a fireplace so I'll be making a 3rd form later which sits up higher. I'm thinking I might do 1 more layer of cement block to raise it up to a low sitting height compared to the ground level of the counters.
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I started Day 1 of firing today using a propane burner. I'm going to try and maintain a fairly steady temp of ~100F for 3-4 hours before I shut it off and pop the door on.

The door I whipped together last night using some sheet metal, leftover FB blanket, some sheet metal screws, a generic handle and some oven spray paint. It actually looks pretty good from a distance..

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Shay,

That seems like a great way to maintain a constant temp over a period of time.

The door does look good!!

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thanks for your pic and info.ill b starting my oven soon have slab half doug out.thanks johnnypie
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