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Old 06-05-2014, 05:10 AM
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Default Mobile Pompeii - Not for the purists

Those artisans responsible for some of the fabulous builds detailed on here should really look away now ! Like many first-timers I have lurked at length on FB and taken due account of the sage advice freely available; however my driver to build a WFO are somewhat different, and so is my build.

I live in a rural part of West Devon (UK) where we have a church, a village hall, a telephone box (decommissioned), 4 street lights and about 30 houses.

The hall doesn't get much use but in a drink fuelled discussion with the neighbours I rather foolishly agreed to provide pizza at an Italian Night in the hall to raise some maintenance funds.

Now while I support the hall I didn't feel like donating an oven, so the answer was simple, make it mobile ! A road trailer was considered but as I only live next door a hand trolley was a much cheaper option, and so it was off to eBay where a 500kg rated trolley was snapped up.

A second trawl of eBay secured 50 odd storage heater blocks for the princely sum of 4.12. Recovering these nearly killed my elderly Volvo estate as they weigh about 5kgs each !

Measuring a brick and a few calculations later saw me off to a local fabricator who produced a tray & stand in short order !
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:13 AM
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Default 1st into the tray ...

... is a 1" (25mm) sheet of vermiculite board, followed by 35 heater blocks; at which point I discovered that rather than a nominal 9" x 7" they are in fact 9" x 7 1/16" which meant I had to trim the bottom layer
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:10 AM
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Default Re: Mobile Pompeii - Not for the purists

No,no,no that looks like a accident waiting to
Happen. With that cart you will be grossly
top heavy. The first slight hill or grade it will tip.
I'd make a base double the with of the oven. I'd also
Keep it as low to the ground as possible. Love
The idea, just want you to be safe. I'd put 300 lbs
On that cart drag it around your intended route. See
What if any trouble you get into (tipping) before
You send time building the oven..
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:33 AM
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Thank you for your concerns but it is what it is, and it's only got to move about 50 yards, and it will be stabilised when in use with corner props.

It's also worth noting that the legs of the tray are fitted with spigots that fit into brackets on each corner of the trolley
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:48 AM
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Okay, just be careful when you move it maybe
Guys on each side. Have a great time hope you
Raise some good money.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:23 AM
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Followed by a layer of the aforementioned heater blocks !
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:29 AM
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I'd measured one of the blocks at 9x7"; unfortunately most of them were actually 9x7 1/16" which meant cutting the last layer using my venerable tile cutter which has a fixed 1" depth, with the guard and guide removed.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:32 AM
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While I managed the trimming by turning the blocks, I also removed the tips of two fingers on my right hand
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:36 AM
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Let the laying out begin ! I'm using free bricks from a 200yr old chimney recently removed from the farmhouse opposite me. They are solid red wire-cut bricks and although difficult to split tidily, they were free

It would appear that I'll have a 32" oven, leaving myself sufficient room for an insulating blanket and waterproof render.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:39 AM
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I began mixing 3-1-1-1 by hand and using the wedge from behind method, progressed swiftly to level three by the end of day 2.

There is a certain time imperative as I received the tray on 29th May and the Italian evening is on 28th June
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