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Old 04-21-2010, 12:22 PM
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Hello All.
Should I be concerned about cracks in the vermicrete shell?
I have about 3-4" of blanket underneath and about a 1/2" of heatstop under that. The crack is pretty big but seems solid. Will the sbc fill these cracks?
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:42 PM
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I would be more concerned if it DIDN'T crack. No worries!
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:29 PM
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TSCARBOROUGH,
Thanks for the reply. Should I cover the cracks with heatstop or just cover them with the surface bonding cement? Also how long after I applied the vermicrete to the dome do I have to wait before I can start my curing fires? Then when should I apply the surface bonding cement?
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:35 PM
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The SBC will fill them, but if they are bigger than a 1/4" I would mix up more of the insulating mix if you have any left. If not, I would fill them with SBC BEFORE coating the structure, let them dry then coat with SBC, the idea being that you want that to be part of the insulating layer, not the SBC shell to prevent the cracks from mirroring through the shell.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:56 PM
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ok, I will fill them with sbc then when dry I will cover. When do you think I can start curing?
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:59 PM
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I would cure before I did the finish coat so that any cracking would take place before the final coat(s), as well as allow moisture to exit easier.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:49 AM
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Hey j
I cured before the SBC, I waited about 3 weeks before firing anything, I dont know that waiting that long was necessary, But im sure it didnt hurt.. Some builders cure their dome before the insulation step... All I can add is I still to date dont have any cracks that I can see,, After the week of curing fires, I coated the vermicrete with SBC and it worked out welll with one exception.. I used the liquid colorant, It faded after less than a year... I recently gave my oven a facelift and had extra SBC and recoated the dome... scar has recommended using the "Iron Oxide" I think "is that right scar" Kebwi is now using that in his build and I understand it lasts way beyond the liquid so I will defer to him on that...

Also want to mention, when my dome was only vermicrete, I kept it covered if I thought it was going to rain..
The pic is when the dome was only vermicrete

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Old 04-22-2010, 04:49 AM
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Yes iron oxide powder. Blues and Greens and very dark reds will still fade eventually, but not like the liquid color. Iron oxides are cheaper too, although you will probably have to buy more than you need.
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Old 04-22-2010, 05:56 AM
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Thank you guys for the info. I think I will wait two weeks before I start the curing fires. Also thanks for the info on the color additive. Any suggestions for a good curing schedule?
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:09 AM
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Ya'll have more patience than I do. I lit fires the day the arch was finished, even before there were ends on the oven (It was cold!)

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