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Old 05-16-2010, 08:06 PM
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Default Franco's 42" Ultimate Cooking Machine

Like so many of you, and after many, many hours reading this Forum, I am off and running! Looking forward to my first pizza but I am a bread enthusiast so I guess I'm really looking forward to my first baguette...

Hat tip to cugino Luigi for bringing over the bobcat to make easy work of the excavation!

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Old 05-18-2010, 03:29 PM
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Ciao!

Can someone point me in the right direction where someone has discussed the angle cuts for the dome bricks? I know I've seen it somewhere but too many posts read to remember! Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:54 PM
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Can someone point me in the right direction where someone has discussed the angle cuts for the dome bricks?
There are almost too many to mention:

Google

Mostly because there are many approaches to the problem, from the minimalist break-bricks-in-half mortar intensive approach, to the cut-every-compound-angle-for-perfect-dry-fit method.

My personal opinion is that you don't need to do any more than some angle trimming to avoid the worst gaps, and have a good looking dome inside. Either approach works fine.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:29 PM
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Thanks dmun...

We're ready for concrete...gonna have to wheel barrow it from street...2.5 yards...not looking forward to that. I have a big helper which is nice!


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Old 05-18-2010, 08:33 PM
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One other thing before bed...

I read a lot of different views on setting the first soldier course. Full soldier on hearth, half soldier on oven floor, use mortar, free floating. Help!
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:57 PM
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Franco,
There is a nice set of pics and explanation for the compound angle cuts in Greg Geisen's build thread, including cutting of the soldier course and ring bricks.
http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/g...iego-6169.html

I followed his technique mostly and it was fairly easy. I put the soldiers on the hearth, full size but cut them to the angle of the first course using the Indispenible tool as the guide for the angle. I mortared the soldiers together but not to the hearth.

Good luck,

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Old 05-19-2010, 01:35 PM
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Eric,

Thanks for the lead. I am using an insulating board on my hearth. Do the soldiers need to sit on the board or can they sit directly on the concrete? I was planning on setting them on the FB.
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You want the entire dome to sit on insulation. This includes the walls/soldiers...

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Old 05-19-2010, 08:21 PM
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Drake,

I thought that was the case but thanks for confirming...a little reassurance goes a long way when you don't know what you're doing!
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:29 AM
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We're making progress!!

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