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Old 05-15-2014, 03:14 PM
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Hi all,

I am at a point where I need to choose my enclosure and and debating whether to go with the stucco igloo style or the fully enclosed style. I really like the igloo but have heard that the stucco regularly cracks and the insulation gets wet if it rains causing lots of issues. The recommendation I am getting from my local brick yard where i get material is to fully enclose and weather proof the oven.

Any feedback from anyone on the pros and cons?

If I put vermicrete before stuccoing around the insulation blanket am I okay with a stucco igloo? or is cracking unpreventable.

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Old 05-16-2014, 10:58 AM
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I debated the same thing and went with the gabled roof. Just one less thing to worry about. Gabled roof also allows you to dress it up with some lights (see pic).
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:07 AM
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I am who you spoke to at MPI, I would imagine, Andrew.

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Look at Gulf's build an igloo under a roof.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:49 PM
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I did a stucco oven but then covered it with 2" mosaic tiles using epoxy grout, then sealed. So far, so good!
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G'day
I 1/2 bricked over my dome at first for the esthetics, I just out and out like the look of a brick dome. I found out very quickly that it improved the wheather resistance of the dome a lot. I live in the sub tropics and when it rains it really rains! I now now why so many of the British do this to their ovens it would be a must in there climate if they were building in the open.
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PS add an entrance waterproof door to keep the entrance hearth dry and a chimney cover to complete the wheather resistance package
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Here is the best reason for a house instead of an igloo:

I fired my oven last Sunday. I checked this morning and it was 93 degrees. Ambient has been 40-85 degrees this week.
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Here is the best reason for a house instead of an igloo:

I fired my oven last Sunday. I checked this morning and it was 93 degrees. Ambient has been 40-85 degrees this week.
Tom,
Doesn't heat holding capacity have more to do with thermal mass of the floor and dome in combination with insulation rather than the kind of roof over the oven?
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:55 PM
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No, I would say it has more to do with the amount of insulation. My oven vault is 3" thick, the floor is 2.5 inch, 22x36, so it is a very small mass compared to a normal Pompeii, but there is 24 CuFt of loose-fill perlite around it and 4" of perlcrete under it. The chimney and entry are insulated as well as isolated.

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Old 05-17-2014, 02:26 PM
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Oh ok so what you mean is that a dog kennel style will hold more insulation than you'd get if you build an igloo?
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