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Old 05-12-2013, 05:49 PM
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Default Laying bricks lengthwise

Other than not having a smooth inside dome, would it be a huge deal to lay firebricks lengthwise while building the dome? Of course, the exterior won't matter with the insulation added.

Would oven performance suffer?
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:56 PM
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Interesting..... You couldn't do it for long as you progress up the dome you need to go down to 1/4 brick and smaller!
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:36 AM
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Cant see why not all you are doing is making thermal mass, Im sure the fire or pizza dont give a hoot which ever way you lay em.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:57 AM
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It means half as many vertical joins and also makes it easier to ensure joins are staggered. Only downside is that the inside surface is more uneven.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:35 PM
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Default Re: Laying bricks lengthwise

another issue with full bricks is that the inverted "V's" on either side of the bricks will be very large (the size of the V's is related to the width of the brick facing in.) You will also have much larger gaps above and below the bricks. So this means either:
- more mortar
- more cutting
Doesn't sound to me like you save anything
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:07 PM
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The gaps above and below the the bricks would surely be the same as if you used half bricks. Assuming half bricks are cut on both sides, the cutting of both sides of full bricks, although the angle is bigger, means less cutting and with half as many vertical joins means less mortar.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:26 PM
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Why even bother with big fat bricks now that I think about it . Why not go pavers! Just like the flat bricks used in the old school Pompeii ovens. You could get an interesting dome with them laying them horizontally or vertically
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:30 PM
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Might be time to consider the continuous coil method of laying these fat bricks/pavers. If you wanted to get sophisticated then reducing the length of the bricks/pavers as you go up would make the thing as neat as a pin!

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Old 05-15-2013, 12:07 AM
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Now that I'd love to see. You'd have to taper at least the first few bricks.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:14 AM
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Other than esthetics, there is nothing wrong with laying the bricks lengthwise? Are there any pictures of finished ovens like that?
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