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Old 09-11-2010, 10:00 AM
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Hi folks,

I have a question for any of the experienced masons on the forum.

I will be using 2" wall caps to build counter tops around the oven dome. But I won't have time to install the counter-tops before winter hits (since I need to finish the BBQ grill foundations and this won't happen until next spring). But I want to finish the rock facade on the outside of the oven enclosure (I have enclosed the dome with steel studs and backer board).

For the facade I am using 3" wide ledgestones that I have been gathering in the hills of North Idaho. My plan was to install 2 1/2" angle iron at the base of the enclosure to support the facade (I plan to put temporary spacers under the angle iron where the wall caps will eventually fit).

Does anyone see a problem with this? I assume I need to use steel and not aluminum (although aluminum would be easier to work). Any recommendations would be welcome.

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Need more info, esp. pics. As a rule, angle iron can be used to support masonry, but it is always an engineered solution. Post some info and pics, and I think I can help some.
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Need more info, esp. pics. As a rule, angle iron can be used to support masonry, but it is always an engineered solution. Post some info and pics, and I think I can help some.
Hi Tscarborough,

Here are some pictures:

Photo 1 - Here is an enclosed oven dome

Photo 2 - Angle iron is placed at the base. This angle iron in the picture is only 1" (all I had on hand) instead of 2 1/2" that I plan to use. This would be screwed into the steel stud enclosure frame and temporary spacers would be underneath the angle iron.

Photo 3 - This autumn, stones would be stacked on top of the angle iron and mortared into place

Photo 4 - Next spring, the temporary spacers would be removed and the counter top (probably 2" natural stone wall caps) would be used to insert under the angle iron and cover the horizontal surface (I just put the two flagstone pieces in the photo to simulate the wall caps).

I know this is not ideal - better to build from the bottom up. But time is limited before winter hits and I want to get the oven dome weather proof (and usable).

Thanks for your input!

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I would not use the angle iron. Better to go ahead and set the pavers that will fall under the wall and lay directly on them.
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I would not use the angle iron. Better to go ahead and set the pavers that will fall under the wall and lay directly on them.
Tscarborough,

I appreciate your input. Can you give me some idea about the trouble I might be getting myself into by using the angle iron?

If this was mid summer, I would lay the pavers first. But the pavers will eventually extend over - not just the horizontal surface around the oven - but also over a the horizantal surface of a grill on the left of the oven and and a prep area on the right of the oven (the pizza oven is in the corner what will eventually be an outdoor kitchen).

So to lay the pavers, I need to first get the foundations in for the grill and the prep area. With 4-6 weeks before snow starts, I don't have time for the this.

Thus the reason for the use of angle iron. Basically, this would allow me to get the oven closed up for the winter. But I won't do this if I risk the integrity of the stone facade.

Again, thanks for your responses.

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If your floor slab extends to the outside Id me more concerned about heat loss seeping away to the outside, the hearth will never get hot enough from the loss of heat.
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Brickie,

The top layer of the slab shown in the picture is the vermiculite layer so I can't see how having it extend outside the dome area would be a problem (except for water wicking). For heat to seep away out of the dome and horizontally through the slab, it would be going through 8 - 12 inches of vermiculite concrete.

The vertical heat loss will be much greater under the dome where there is just 3 1/2 inches of vermiculite before the underlying conventional concrete slab.

I am presently going through the cure cycle. Once I get an extended firing period, I look forward to profiling the heat losses

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I meant lay just the pavers that will be under the stone, not all of them. The first issue with the angle iron is that you have nothing strong enough to bolt it to; steel studs and backer-board won't do.

If it were me, I would cut pavers into strips the width of the stone or a tad more, and then use them for the first course (so that there will be a consistent outer surface). You then just butt the pavers to the wall when you get around to it.

Technically, you should have left a brick ledge to do the same thing and to provide a flashing point. As it is, you should flash over the first course and weep the second one.
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Tscarborough,

Thanks for the clarification. I think I can do this although I need to think about the backside where I ended up with a ledge that is too small (until I get the stone facade done on the hearth underneath).

Thanks again

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You CAN bolt an angle to the slab on the part where you will extend the stone from the ground.
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