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Old 08-12-2008, 04:22 AM
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I'm thinking of casting my own vent, am i wrong in thinking that Portland cement will crack because of the high temperature ,what is the right material
for it ? Is it really worth the trouble or should i just go with regular firebrick
case for the flue????????
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:01 AM
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Masako,

The vent will get very hot. I wouldn't mess around with portland cement. There are special refractory casting products specifically made for this. I don't remember the names of the products, but they have been mentioned in several other threads. Try doing a search.

You can always use firebrick. It's really not that hard and probably faster than building the mold, casting and curing.

Good luck! Looking forward to watch your progress.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:09 AM
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The main advantage in building a firebrick vent is that it won't take ages to cure. Also, you already have the materials on hand from building your dome.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:30 AM
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Arigato,Ken san!
I believe I will go with the firebrick idea.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:52 AM
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Domo ,Dmun san!
Little by little the advice that I'm getting is giving me
more confidence to go on with this project.
As we say here, Gambatte!!!!! One of the translations being,"Don't Give Up"!!!!
Thanks so much!
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:58 AM
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Masako...go with the firebrick. There's plenty of examples here and it's not that tough. Many of us have had no experience at all with brick and have managed to pull it off- just following examples here on FB.

Good luck and take lots of pictures!
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:26 AM
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Yes, share pictures with us! Do we have any other oven builders from Japan? This might be another first!
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:53 AM
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There is at least one other in Japan - I sent the contact info to James (geeze has it been 2 years) a while back and he posted pic of the oven in the oven picture area.



Here's the link to the pic above - for some reason the pic is not showing right now.

http://www.garden-pizzeria.com/Pizza...Photo%202.html


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Old 08-31-2008, 09:26 AM
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On page 41 of instructions it tells you how to cast a vent, makes no mention of material except it says (let it set for several days so the "CONCRETE" can cure.
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