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Old 04-29-2009, 09:14 AM
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Hello All,

I will be completing my dome this weekend. My question is how long after the last brick, do i light the first drying fire ?

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Old 04-29-2009, 09:55 AM
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Keep it damp for one week. What are you insulating with? Vermiculite concrete takes a long time longer to dry than blanket insulation.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:14 AM
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I will be insulating with kaowool 8# then vermiculite (vermicrete) ... shoud i build a fire before i insulate ?
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:14 AM
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Congratulations Mark!
You move fast! Make sure you give us some pictures of the oven.

I waited 10 days for the first small fire, then one every day for a week. I think I roasted peppers on day 4 and then had knockwurst on day 7...

Don't worry if it cracks, they all do it! It adds character!!!
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:32 PM
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Insulate first or after is about an even split among builders. I think you have less chance of cracks if you insulate first, but many successful ovens have been fired bare.
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Wait at least one week -keep the vermiculete damp.
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thanks all for your help........
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:32 AM
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had my 2nd firing last night,,, all went well.. not a crack to be seen, though im sure one will pop up somewhere,,

looking forward to the last fire

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Mark,

just be very patient...it's worth the wait!

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nice job, it is worth the wait.
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