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Old 07-27-2012, 12:13 PM
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Default My 36" build in Southern Cape, SA

I received the last of my material from Cape Town and started with my build.

I decided to enlarge an existing concrete slab next to my fireplace. Here are some pics of my progress.

My current entertainment area; Same area after some brickwork where the slab will be enlarged; My trusted (and very old) De Walt radial arm saw to cut bricks; Cut bricks of my floor and soldier course laid out.

I will post pics of my progress and will appreciate any input or comments form other members.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:37 PM
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Cool location! and I like what you are doing with the sunken IT.

Since you are just getting started, can you check out the dome calculator spreadsheet I posted in the tips and tools forum and see if it works for you? I would love feedback on any bugs builders see.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:05 PM
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Awesome dome calculator. It seems the 200 bricks I purchased might be enough for the dome, floor and hopefully also the arch. I wll check the numbers against the calculations of your tool.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:00 AM
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Today I cast the concrete to enlarge the slab for the oven and also cut the fire bricks for the inner arch and first course. Hopefully will be able to start with the build Monday after work.

Here are some pics of the extended slab.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:19 PM
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Here are some pics of my progress today.

First one shows the FB board levelled on dry sand/fireclay mix. Also a small amount of the same mix on top for levelling of the firebricks.

Other two pics of soldier and first course.

I already cut the bricks for this over the weekend; so I think I made good progress today after work.

My work space with this corner build is unfortunately a little cramped and will give my back a good workout.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:35 AM
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Second course completed.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:49 PM
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Got quit a bit of work done during the week and yesterday. I now completed the fifth course and should complete the arch transition with the sixth course.

The fifth was definitely the last course where I could sit inside the dome to build. As you can see on the attached photo I already struggled to squeeze my 6ft4" frame in. I will now have to stand in a very uncomfortable position to complete the rest of this corner build.

It is however extremely satisfying to see the progress to date. This is definately a LOT of fun!
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:00 AM
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Looks really great...

Are you converting the braai area that was here before?

Are all the materials freely available in SA?
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:12 AM
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Hi heliman

I am building the oven on an existing concrete slab (workspace) next to the fireplace which will remain as is. The oven will therefore sit right next to the fireplace when finished. I think it will be pretty awesome when done.

Yes, all the materials are readily available in SA. I had to courier some of the refractory material from Cape Town, which is a 450 km trip.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:29 AM
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Howzit - I was in PE a few weeks ago and just wasn't able to get a proper pizza anywhere. Seems like WFOs are few and far between there. Maybe I will have to pop down the Garden Route to your place when I'm next there and in need of a tasty snack!

Good luck with the build ...
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