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Old 07-15-2009, 11:24 PM
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I finally closed the beast today! I finished the dome with two bricks that when put side by side made the shape of a cone with the top cut off. I forgot to take pics but when turned upside down the plug fitted neatly into the top of the dome. I did the whole dome without any formwork, I used a stick cut to 50cm and a piece of 3mm ply with a 25mm nail sticking up through the centre as my guide. The whole thing so far has taken me 6 mnths but the slow going has been worth it so far.
Now, how long do I wait before I start curing the beast? I am going to get the blanket on Monday and will wrap it just before I start to cure the oven.
It is my son's birthday on the 18/8 and I am wondering if it will be possible to cook a pizza by then.

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Old 07-16-2009, 01:12 AM
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Awsome work, brick work looks really neat. I have just closed up my oven too and I know how exciting it is.
You should have no worries having pizzas by the 18th August.

I finished my dome on sunday and letting it sit for a week to fully cure then a week of fires. Planning on pizzas for my birthday which is the 24th July.

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Old 07-16-2009, 05:16 AM
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Do you think a week is long enough to set the mortar? What type of mortar did you use? There is only one supplier in Sydney (Field Furnace Refractories)
Field Furnace Refractories and I bought their mortar which is a dry mix that air dries but in these temperatures they recomend a 2 to 3 week setting period.
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I used the DIY fireclay mortar and from what i have read 1 week is enough but I am sure there are others who have used premix stuff might be able to give more insight.
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:38 AM
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I was hoping to finish my entry arch tomorrow but it is pissing down right now and I have a feeling it aint gunna stop before Sunday. The only good thing is my water tanks will get a good top up.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:18 PM
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It turned out a good day after the rain and I have made a lot of progress on the arch. I still have to mortar in the bullnose brick course on the outside of the arch and build a chimney box but it is not far away now. In the pics you can see where the bullnose are going because I have a piece of one sitting there. I need some thoughts on how long I need to wait before I can start the curing fires.
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:24 PM
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I finally closed the beast today!

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Old 07-27-2009, 02:23 AM
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Thanks, I have done a little more and should be able to set the chimney in place next Saturday. I have nearly finished my arch now so things are moving along just fine.
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Old 07-27-2009, 02:19 PM
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Go Rodney.

Looks cool. I like those dark bricks with the rounded edges.

You may get some cracking when you fire it up. Don't worry, the solution usually makes itself evident. Make sure you post after the first couple of fires.

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Old 07-27-2009, 05:27 PM
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Looking great. Closed mine up Saturday and started the external arch yesterday. what a great feeling. I also started mine in January so 6 months seems abourt right ;-).

I am going to let mine sit for 2-3 weeks before the first fire. I am afraid if I start cooking pizzas, I won't finish the outside; like many of our colleagues online here.
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