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Old 07-23-2010, 07:41 AM
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i have set the base for the oven a second time. Then i see some recent discussions of leveling the first course. Wish i would have seen them before. I have used about an 1.75" of mortar on the lowest side to level. Other discussions suggest you should use no more than 3/4" when doing this. see picture attached. I have not filled the blocks with concrete yet, but planned to this weekend.

Should i take it all down and start over and saw the starter course to level it?
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:53 AM
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I wouldn't.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:00 AM
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Thanks! i know these ovens get heavy. But with the cores filled and the weight distributed, i would think the mortar thickness was ok. Probably not ideal. my oven is covered and will stay dry. Just don't want the whole thing to slide off the cracker.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:46 PM
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Level the hearth to compensate - otherwise it's a non-issue. Honestly, if it's not very much off kilter leveling the hearth isn't that necessary. Really heavy things take a lot of force to get them to start moving so it's extremely unlikely to slide off.

Leveling the brick courses might be a whole lot easier if the hearth is level, though...
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:11 PM
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It's more than structurally sound and in the end you will wont see it. What is your veneer? Stone, brick, stucco? You can use what you learned on what you can't see for what you and the rest of the world will see.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:02 AM
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only thing you might want to do is drill a hole into the slab drop a rebar in and tie to one in the cells you plan on filling

if you anchor the hole thing will never slide not that is would looks okay
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for all the good advice. Didnt want to start over again.
My base is 59" x 59" square and level.
I have poured the cores and set rebar. Going to pour slab this weekend.

Any advice on how to hold concrete in the blocks that are supported by the angle iron?
Trying to decide on what to cover the wfo with. Thinking concrete board and stucco or rock or brick. Probably a combination of the three in the overall kitchen.

Anybody out there put a dishwasher in there outdoor kitchen ? I am planning to do so. Probably a single drawer type.
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A small piece of plywood and some 2x4's cut to size to hold the plywood up untill the concrete dries should do the trick.
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