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I hope I don't need that many.
I first cut the entry bricks with no flair. Then I decided to
flair it from 20" to 24", that is why the tapered bricks on the sides.
I'm not sure how well the soldiers will fit. I'm thinking I will taper
some if not all. Also, I'm not sure about mortaring them to the floor.
I remember reading that they aren't mortared to the floor, just to each
other. But the insulating slab isn't smooth enough to get them level.
Any ideas?

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Old 12-27-2009, 12:04 PM
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I went ahead and mortared my soldiers to the surface. I figure the insulating slab is relatively weak and will allow the soldiers to thrust outward if necessary. My oven is new but I have had my dome white hot and no cracks so far. However, to be on the safe side you could probably use a fireclay/sand mix with just a bit of mortar under your soldiers.
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Edit: Disregard the part about a our oven being crack free.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:09 PM
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Thanks for the reply Dave, I will do that.

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Old 12-27-2009, 12:36 PM
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Tom, I didn't mortar the bottoms of the soldiers just the sides and my soldiers sat on the white FB insulation foam that had some kinda uneven edges due to how I cut and fit them but made up for any very slight unevenness on my 1st course. I don't think a bit of mortar will hurt but don't rely on it for a straight soldier course. There will be a lot of weight on them. Since you're buttering both faces of the soldier and eventually the tops, that 1st ring of soldier bricks is VERY strong.
Your herringbone floor looks great. I'm glad you went to 24" wide at the front landing. By the time you have to cut bricks for the front arch and upper transition, you'll have had practice on the dome and inner arch so it won't be hard at all.
Great job, can't wait to see the soldiers. Are building ON the herringbone floor or AROUND the floor? Good luck, Dino
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Tom,
My thought was that I wanted each soldier solidly footed on the surface to support the dome.

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Dino and Dave, thank you for your input. I got all the soldiers cut and the front entry cut today. I did a little trimming on the floor and I feel better about it. I'm going with 3 bricks for the front and figuring with the mortar they will be 9 inches high.
I'm back to work tomorrow (a good thing) so not sure when I will get back to the oven, but the next step is to start with the mortar. I'm doing the home brew, wish me luck.
Dino, I'm putting them around the floor.
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Got home from work and mixed a small batch of mortar. I find the fire clay is hard to mix into the other ingredients as it is wet from the saw.
Only had time to mortar a few bricks as it started to rain. I need to set up a tent to work under. (Adding to my list of things to do)

Well it's dark out, time to lock up the chickens for the night.

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Got about 3/4 of the soldiers done today. I have a little stair stepping with a few of them, hope the first ring takes care of it. Feeling better about mixing the mortar and spreading it onto the bricks.
If the weather is good tomorrow I will finish the soldiers and start cutting the first ring.

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I find the fire clay is hard to mix into the other ingredients as it is wet from the saw.
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if your going to be in the antelope area you are welcome to a
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