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Old 09-21-2012, 07:39 PM
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I see you are using a tapered arch. It will make life much easier as you go up. Keep an eye on the vertical staggers and adjust a brick here and there as need. Keep up the good work.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:10 PM
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I see you are using a tapered arch. It will make life much easier as you go up. Keep an eye on the vertical staggers and adjust a brick here and there as need. Keep up the good work.
Thanks! I've ran into vertical stager problem all ready. I do need to keep a closer eye on it. Didn't catch one untill I was 3 bricks past.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:16 PM
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Finished my 7th course today and started on the 8th. Might get the dome finished by Saturday. Then I get to figure out the chimney
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:57 PM
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Looking real good. About now is when the bricks want to start falling in until they set up a bit. What is your plan for holding them in place? On about the 8th course I started cliping a weight on them and ran it down the outside of the dome...worked pretty good for a few courses. Then I went with the exercise ball for the last few. That worked well also but the drawback was not being able to clean up the inside joints.

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Old 09-26-2012, 04:41 AM
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Thanks! I finished my 8th course yesterday. The next one might be a little tricky to hold in place. Not sure how I will hold them in place yet. Might try the weight method you used or pieces of wood to hold them in place. I'm going to go with the exercise ball also to hold the last few rows up. I'll have to see how bad it looks when it is done. Might have one of my nephew or nieces go in and clean things up for me. Will have to see how bad it is.

How is the oven cure going? I can't wait to get to that point.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:47 PM
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The issue with the exercise ball is that I was afraid to remove it until the mortar cured for a day....by then it had cured enough that it could not be cleaned with a sponge and water like the rest. It left a lot of mortar at the very top of the inside of the dome. However, now that I am doing the curing fires the entire top of the dome has turned black and you cannot even see it. So, I wouldn't worry about....the ball worked great for me.

The curing fires are going great. I did buy a infared thermometer....it has helped a lot.

Good luck....you will be there in no time.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:49 AM
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Looking nice! We are gonna be turning out a lot of pizzas here in Michigan this fall!
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:55 AM
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I tried using a plywood disk held up with a car jack, concept work great with the exception, like an excercise ball you cannot inspect mortar joints until dry or removed. I eventually went back to my IT and sticks, took my time. For me it worked out better. The two different techniques are shown in my picassa log. Good luck.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:25 AM
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I have one more row and then I'll have to decide. Might try the sticks and see if I can hold off gravity for a row longer before using the ball. I'm up against a Michigan winter unfortunately and need to get it done soon.
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Looking nice! We are gonna be turning out a lot of pizzas here in Michigan this fall!
I hope so! Have a lot of friends who want to come have some. Would hate to disappoint them!
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