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Old 07-24-2012, 03:47 AM
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I was where you were this past Saturday. 3 hours to complete course 9. I have a deadline to start curing on my next vacation week Aug 13th.

My patience got the best of me. I used an exercise ball and finished on Sunday 11 AM. When I removed the ball, I was pleasantly surprised. I have to clean up some excess smooshed motor with the grinder which is not going to be pleasant inside the dome.....but it is closed up.

I took others advise and threw away the worries of keeping on bond and aesthetics. I kept on having the thoughts of it must be perfect only for the sole purpose of my pics that I post. I quickly gave up that thought and said function over form. I have to tell you. The bevel and angle cuts that you are about to encounter are very challenging. Without patience (I have none) it will be a toss up. Then again, that was just my experience.

You are looking golden. It shows in the quality of your build. Very Nice. Keep it going.

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Old 07-24-2012, 08:17 AM
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Those last courses seem to take forever. Hard on the old back. Hang in there, you are almost there. I think that is about where i started setting the bricks in pairs and that sped things up a little. I was using the alsey mortar which is sticks quick which helped. You have a great build going so keep the hydration flowing and the fan blowing.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:27 AM
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Acid-washing sounds like a pair of jeans from the 80's!

Build is looking great. I would not sweat the appearance. It's only important for oven-porn pictures posted here! Once you fire it up, you'll hardly think about it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:21 PM
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I'm no bricklaying genius, and I managed to get the last few courses in with no form or sticks. Get that first brick in there, get the mortar at the right consistency, and my experience was that you can do it without a form. It probably was a big help that I was cutting my bricks pretty narrow for the last couple courses, as there is less weight. But it looks like you are doing the same thing.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:29 AM
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I went from 1/2 bricks to 1/3 bricks to 1/4 bricks on the last course before the plug. This is to say I cut the 9 inch brick into 2 1/4 inch blocks first, Then returned to cut the bevel - no initial angle on the last course. After the quartering, the beveling, each piece needed a custom trim (some were angled). As you can see, I did not achieve identical geometry (not even close), but I did keep the mortar line small. Wood Fired Beehive in Utah-dome-closed-.jpg
Many of my courses have little to no mortar between the bricks, but in the upper courses I found that widening the space between bricks within the course (reducing the angle) allowed for more mortar which helped quite a bit in the battle with gravity.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:02 AM
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Build is looking great. I would not sweat the appearance. It's only important for oven-porn pictures posted here! Once you fire it up, you'll hardly think about it.
Oven porn...... That is really what it is. In the end, the posting of our progess really does help with overall quality in pushing us to work cleaner. Does it really matter over function? I don't think that much.

I like the idea of the plywood form that can be lowered to clean up joints.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:59 AM
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LOL Haaaa With the way you have been going, it will be XXX all the way. Looking forward to it.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:58 AM
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You may have already picked up on this but, trace the perimeter of your disc (in the position that it is in) on the underside of the dome. Mark some easy to see reference points on the platform disc and the dome. These will help you line it back up perfectly should you lower it to clean. If you precut all the brick and keystone and install the smaller discs in advance you may find out that you can close in one session .
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:44 PM
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Almost there, Russell, and looking really good. I wonder how much difference your pies will cook since you used a Suzuki jack. The jack I used came from my Honda
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:48 PM
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Very nice Russell all around. I really like those thicker bricks your using.
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