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Old 12-03-2009, 10:12 AM
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I cannot even count the nights I've laid awake, over every little thing imaginable. Will the arch be strong enough to hold the chimney... will there be enough insulation... did I make the chimney tall enough... should I build an igloo or an enclosure... how should I do it... and so on.

Don't worry- the slab specified in the fb plans is seriously heavy-duty. A slab that thick with that much rebar reinforcement will hold. In case world war three breaks out, duck and cover under the oven.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:33 AM
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Has anyone else woke in the middle of the night and wonder if their oven foundation will hold up when the support is taken out?
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Oh yea. Just ask my wife. I waited the full 28 days to pull the forms from our support slab. I am still afraid to crawl under it.
Tomorrow I will drop the form under the oven dome. I plan on wearing my motorcycle helmet when I clean inside the oven.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:36 PM
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This is a fond memory -- because I built the infamous hanging hearth from Bread Builders. It's pretty funky, with the hearth hanging by rebar and the vermiculite concrete stuck to the bottom of the concrete with crossing nail heads.

I was convinced it was going to fall in and I left the form in place for months! :-)
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I plan on wearing my motorcycle helmet when I clean inside the oven.
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That makes me laugh Dave. 28 days huh? I don't remember reading that, but I will take your word for it and wait till next month to take them out.

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I was convinced it was going to fall in and I left the form in place for months! :-)
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Oh my I don't think I would want to build bridges, I couldn't take the stress!

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That makes me laugh Dave. 28 days huh? I don't remember reading that, but I will take your word for it and wait till next month to take them out.

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Hi Tom,
I spend too much time with google.

I don't think you have to wait a month but in theory concrete reaches most of its strength by 28 days. After three days you could probably pull the forms.
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Just to make everyone not in sunny Calif. feel better, here is what we woke to this morning. Not much and it won't last long, but it did stop me from working on the oven today.

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That does make me feel a little better.

Beautiful photo by the way.

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Tom,
Are you snowed in or is today still brick-and-saw day?

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Hi Dusty,
I'm sorry I didn't call you, I'm not coming down today.
I am working in Folsom tomorrow and hope to make it down 50 to get the brick.

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