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Old 03-13-2012, 07:04 PM
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I live in Mesa, AZ and am planning a 36" build. This site is amazing and I love all the participation and knowledge that people share on this site. It's perfect building weather in AZ right now, better get moving before summer hits.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:48 PM
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Thumbs up Welcome :)

Its a good time to study the plans and make your own plan. Weather here in Texas for the last month has been absolutely perfect....Welcome weather for sure after last year's record hot summer.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:27 PM
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Lburou, Love your oven! Buying the block and am going to work on the hearth this weekend. I'll let that set up and then try to find some Fire Bricks. Can't wait! I can see this becomes addicting.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:31 AM
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We let our hearth (oven stand) cure for 28 days for strength, use the curing time to tweak your oven design ideas.

Baked beef stew in a Dutch oven yesterday, and corn bread in a cast iron skillet, all a day or two after pizzas. A great outcome, we are icing our shoulders today....for injuries caused by patting ourselves on the back so much
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:14 AM
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A great outcome, we are icing our shoulders today....for injuries caused by patting ourselves on the back so much
Ha ha ha!!! Lee, I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! Isn't it wonderful when a dinner comes outs out magic like that?

John
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:33 PM
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Man you are killing me. 2 days later? That's awesome. Thanks for the curing info. That is usually about the amount of time I spend between projects anyway with the kind of schedule I keep but, I'll be home tomorrow and you can bet they'll be some blocks being dry fit for sure.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:05 PM
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Nova,

There are several of us here in the valley who have ovens - I be down in Gilbert. Most of us have found Marvel invaluable for supplies (Country Club and Southern in Mesa.) HD does have brick, just not fireclay. I am brain-farting on the pearlite (up in North Phx - Simpson or something like that.) Pearlite is around $8/bag vs 30/bag for vermiculite.

I have been tweaking my oven for a while to get better draw from it. I unfortunately did not make my landing deep enough, so my tweaks are needed - especially noticeable tonight with the winds due to the incoming storm! However, I think I came up with a plan this eve to start the fix.

Check out us folks (see western US forum) and we be there.

Chris

PS - you are right about getting going.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:16 PM
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C5 thanks for the info. Marvel not to far away so that will help out. I would love to hear any suggestions on changes you would make to the oven to make it draw better.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:44 PM
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Nova,

Please feel free to contact any of us AZ wingnuts. We all have different perspectives of how to get to the end point and what types of ovens we have built! PM me - just be aware that I am not on the forum too often as I am working out in Globe so my computer time is limited due to long days.

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Old 03-19-2012, 09:49 PM
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Will do. I called Marvel today and Firebrick was 1.79 a piece. Don't know if that's the norm or not. But picking up the rest of my block for the base and hearth tomorrow.
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