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Old 01-18-2012, 10:57 PM
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HI All
can the standard home brew , sand, cement, lime and fireclay mix be used for a cast in place dome.
I priced refractroy by the bag and nearly fell over when I worked out how many bags I will need?
Has anyone done a cast oven with home-brew refractoy mix?

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Old 01-19-2012, 04:50 AM
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HI and thanks for the reply. I have seen that thread but it kinda old and I tried to PM the guy a while back,,, must not come here to often.
I am thinking of going similar but no welded rebar. Maybe ss needles or similar if I can find them.
Just seeing if anyone else has tried the method..
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:57 PM
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Try TOTAL REFRACTORY MANAGEMENT for your s/s needles, or I can send some from Melbourne.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:34 PM
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HI
I spoke with a very helpful guy from total refractory management today. Got some good advice but I was warned off going with a fireclay based homebrew.
He was I guess trying to sell me premix stuff at $40 a bag and at 25kg a lot of bags would be required..
Be cheaper to go firebrick , Bunnings kit or go back to plan A and have a go at a homebrew mortar and hope for the best.
The more I read and talk to people the more confusing this is...
Any thoughts?
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:58 PM
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The portland cement you will use in your home brew will last about 5 minutes with a full on pizza temperature fire on its face, I hope you like grit in ya pizza.

There is a reason they sell refractory concrete at the price they do.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:04 PM
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OK I was unaware the cement would fail if part of the mix.
This is getting deeper then I first thought, So much odd (bad) advice freely available out there...
Really wanted to avoid brick work but really looks like the best way to go, or just build that kit from bunnings.
More thought and reading required.
I have time the weather has put a stop to getting my stand rendered for a bit longer...
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Don't be too put off, this method works. The Portland in the homebrew may fail where it receives intense heat on the inside, but that's where the lime takes over. Lots of builders have used the homebrew as mortar and I don't think anyone has reported that it has failed and bits have fallen out. As you are using the same brew you should be OK. But, there is no telling how long it will last. My guess is that it will be quite OK for at least 5 years maybe more.The homebrew is not as strong as a calcium aluminate castable.
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Build it with home brew and report back.
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Lots of builders have used the homebrew as mortar and I don't think anyone has reported that it has failed and bits have fallen out.
But you are talking thin joints of 5mm or less, thats a bit different to the whole dome being home brew dont you think?
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But you are talking thin joints of 5mm or less, thats a bit different to the whole dome being home brew dont you think?
Yes it is, but it works. I advised a guy to try this method (unreinforced) two years ago and his oven is still working well. I don't know that he uses it all that often, but it does work. The biggest problem is eliminating the water and the risk of blowing, that's why it is important to add fibres that can burn out.
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