Old 05-09-2008, 04:29 AM
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More progress on my Pompeii:-

To be sure I narrowed the centres for rebar to about 10 inches, and poured a 4 inch structural slab.

I scored to perimeter of the slab, to bond the layer of concrete I will eventually pour as a border around insulation layer.

The vermicrete was interesting. I tried the slurry mix method and it went too lumpy, so I reverted to the standard dry mix method, but reduced the ratio to about 8:1. I made a drill mixer to get it started, then finished mixing by hand.

.......more to come
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Old 05-10-2008, 03:07 AM
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Hi agin,
I know what you mean about the Vermiculite. I experienced a similar situation and ended up with I think from memory a 1:6 ratio.
Seeee my information at :


permalink #2 complete with [hotos.
If you are building an igloo pompeii oven, you will experience even more problems with your insulation layers going over your themal blanlet.
I had a few hickups until I found a solution which is here:

http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f21/...-4-a-2045.html (Neill’s Pompeii #4)

permalink #10 where I added a little fire clay to make it stickier and easier to work, especiall rendering the bottom vetrtical areas.

Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

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