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Old 03-16-2007, 12:15 PM
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Any reason why I shouldn't use an old piece of non rusted chain link fencing in place of wire mesh in my foundation and hearth pour?

Just have a some lying around....

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Old 03-16-2007, 02:17 PM
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When we demo'd the slab in our backyard to make our foundation, we found that chainlink fence was used as rebar.. If the difficulty it took to remove it was any indication, it works. We re incorporated it into our foundation, along with some rebar we found for the perimeter trenches. As far as the hearth slab goes, it's gotta be rebar. Whoops.. just re read your post and realised you werent planning on using it as rebar after all.. Wire mesh.. That'll work.
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:24 PM
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Hey Christo,

Do you still have five more projects before you start your oven? It's sounding pretty close.
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:25 AM
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Yup!!! James you are correct!!!

I've been scrounging materials and cutting trees down over the last year to get ready for this momentus occasion. Doesn't look like we will have any more deep frosts - so it's time to get started.

I got started cutting triangles and they are spread all over the driveway. It could only mean two things.... The oven is now offically one of my projects - and I'm going for Dmun's Geodesic Dome.

My bricks are larger than Dmuns - so I'm going for a 38" GeoPom oven. With all the detail from Dave - it made it very easy to scale up.

I'm trying to learn from some of his minor difficulties and will make forms for the pentagons and hexagons to see if I can make them really exact when I bond them together.

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Old 03-20-2007, 05:30 AM
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Hey, that's great.

Just one note: If I were doing it again, i'd only pre-assemble the pentagon for the top, and lay the rest up as triangles. I had to re-cut a bunch of my polygons, and they didn't fit together as well as I hoped.

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Old 03-20-2007, 05:34 AM
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Christo,
Very exciting. I'm looking forward to this.

David,
When you do think you might be ready to start firing your oven (have I missed something)? I am very interest in hearing how it behaves, cooks, holds heat, etc.
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:41 AM
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March is supposed to go out like a lamb:



It's not the end of march yet, but last weekend we got three inches of granular snow that froze solid. Not quite masonry weather yet, but I'm still hoping it's soon.
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:59 AM
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A minor detail?

Looks great in the snow though.
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:31 AM
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Dmun, James,

The saying goes that March "comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." Well, bull. In Ontario during the last week or two, we've had high winds, low temperatures, blowing snow over the ice that already had formed during one warm day. Generally dismal. The saying should read: "in like a demented lion, out like a snarling tiger." Geesh.

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Old 03-20-2007, 08:28 AM
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I got started cutting triangles and they are spread all over the driveway. It could only mean two things.... The oven is now offically one of my projects - and I'm going for Dmun's Geodesic Dome.
Christo - congratulations on getting started. Look forward to seeing another geodesic project!

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