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Old 10-14-2012, 03:55 PM
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Hi ,
I need some good advice on how to create my own inner dome/firewall,igloo shaped for mobile oven,dont want to use bricks as heard they more likely to loosen with trailer vibrations.am a mold maker so doing the form is no problem.
I have already built one ,the mix was 2 part aluminate cement,2 p river sand,3 p river gravel and half p hydrating lime.dome is 2 inches thick.got some feedback from forum saying it would explode on first firing but no reason why,is shell too thick, wrong aggregate? anyway am at stage where i need to decide if I should start again or go with what I have
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:16 PM
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You heard wrong. With unitized construction all cracks are pre-engineered, with a cast oven cracks are random and can be fatal to the performance of the dome, especially when the aggregate is prone to spalling.

If yours was the (since disappeared) post that stated that you used river pebbles, that type of aggregate is unsuitable for refractory concrete, unless your river happens to be bedded with a highly silicious limestone which won't normally wear to pebbles.

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Old 10-14-2012, 04:23 PM
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If you want to build a cast oven, use a commercial mix for castable refractory or make your own. 1p Al cement, 2 parts graded sand, and 1-2 parts graded grog plus stainless steel needles at the manufacturer's recommended loading.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:49 PM
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ok , sounds good,
I,m a beginner so
what is graded grog and graded sand,and what thickness should the dome be,Yes I dont know how my post disapeared but thanks I really appreciate it.
i will post pics as i go
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:32 AM
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You probably want the oven to be as light as you dare because you have to haul it around. I wouldn't go thinner that 50 mm grog is crushed fired clay. You are better off getting a proprietary castable refractory which has the correct blend, will produce a workable mix, has the appropriate fibres, but is expensive.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:12 PM
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thanks david
am considering the premix option,worth the money in the long run,so if the shell is that thin would you suggest a 3 or 4 part shell?
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:24 AM
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That is a really hard question. When I built my mobile I was conscious of others experiences with brick ovens for mobiles which had disintegrated from road bumps and vibrations, so I decided to do my dome cast in one piece, also the floor cast in one piece. After about 5 years and lots of use, travel and hire (wow this mobile oven is great, let's see how hot we can get it, the owner's not here), the dome has developed one vertical crack in the rear right opposite the door. The floor has cracked basically into four pieces, roughly evenly quartered. These cracks may look a little unsightly, but have no adverse problems with the oven performance. If you engineer joins to avoid this then you are also inviting the pieces to separate from vibration. I did not use stainless steel needles in the refractory castable for this oven, but now I always do, I have no idea how much stronger they make the end product, but presumably it is better with them added. This probably does not definitively answer your question, but I hope is is of some use.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:01 AM
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sounds good
faster to make it as one piece anyway,will use that castable refractable after all.
have a bag of illuminate cement left over so might use it for the base,wont need stainless needles for that i expect,
just released my first dome from mold,shame to waste it,our river (where pebbles came from)is extremely high in limestone,will find out more,so maybe it could be used occationally as my neighbor is interested in taking it
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:11 AM
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If you are planning on casting the floor then if anything the floor needs the stainless steel needle reinforcing more than the dome.
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If yours was the (since disappeared) post that stated that you used river pebbles, that type of aggregate is unsuitable for refractory concrete, unless your river happens to be bedded with a highly silicious limestone which won't normally wear to pebbles.
His post (and your reply) are still there. No disappearing posts.
http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/6/ad...tml#post140069 (Advice on pouring the hearth)
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