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Old 06-19-2008, 12:42 PM
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Anyone familiar with these? I can get a 27" dome, which would save me a lot of time, but not a lot of money. I would use less refractory mortar and a few less brick, so maybe $40-$150, and the dome costs about $200. Do you think the net add'l cost of $50 and what seems to be a substantial amount of time is worth it? Not to mention 0 mortar joints at the hottest part of oven, ie: less worry's about cracks etc? Just wondering. Here's a link to the lid!

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I just ordered my FB Board & blanket. I should be pouring cement for the hearth this weekend. I need to be done around the 4th of July so I have a few weeks for everything to setup before the unveiling!

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Old 06-19-2008, 12:49 PM
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Personally, I think the look of bricks is prettier.
And I felt a lot of satisfaction putting in those last few rows.

Just my random thoughts.

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:21 PM
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How big will the final oven be? The 24" oven you've linked to seems too small to have a fire and a pizza next to it. I'd put in the extra effort for a larger one.
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My oven is going to be 30", and yes, I understand that's about as small as I should go. I can't go any bigger. I will have to lay up 2-3 courses until I get to an internal diameter of 24", and then mortar the dome on.

For the amount of time I'll spend sticking my head thru the oven door, looking at the dome, I think I'll be ok taking a shortcut
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My oven is going to be 30", and yes, I understand that's about as small as I should go. I can't go any bigger. I will have to lay up 2-3 courses until I get to an internal diameter of 24", and then mortar the dome on.

For the amount of time I'll spend sticking my head thru the oven door, looking at the dome, I think I'll be ok taking a shortcut
Actually, it does sounds like a good idea!
It sure would go up quick.

Just watch your door opening height as compared to the height of your dome.
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It sure would go up quick.
Yes it would. I was working row 10 last night and just about to lock them in with mortar when gravity got my attention

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You may recall that I tried to get that firebrick manufacturer who showed up here briefly to make a firebrick plug for the last few rows:



No go. The superior clay one is flat on the bottom, you'll have to decide whether to step the bricks in, or angle them at the top. I'm surprised they sell it by its self.
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They are officially a competitor. Jim B is a great guy, and is a fireplace guru. In fact, we talk on the phone just a couple of days ago to stay caught up.
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They are officially a competitor. Jim B is a great guy, and is a fireplace guru. In fact, we talk on the phone just a couple of days ago to stay caught up.
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James,

With those new floor tiles, maybe you can get your hand on dome tops as well.....

Might work!

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Old 06-19-2008, 06:54 PM
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James, sorry if the post was innappropriate.

I had 2 thoughts about the flat bottom. Cut my fire bricks flat on top for the last course, or cut the appropriate angle on the dome. Probably the bricks would be the way to go since they are a lot less expensive.

I just came in from laying the arch for my fireplace and it held Woo Hoo. I should be laying concrete this weekend, my FB board will be here next week hopefully, and I'll start the oven. Things seem to be falling into place. I'll be taking some pics tomorrow or Sat and post if anyone is interested

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