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Old 03-01-2013, 06:18 AM
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I have a question regarding joint spacing. I'm no mason but I've been doing a lot of reading on this issue. I posted a picture of what I'm talking about in my thread called "K79 Oven Build". The joint spacing for my soldier course is 9/16" on the outside edge and are butted right up against each other on the inside. Is this spacing ok? Do I put firebrick wedges in there, if so do they span the entire joint? Also same question for all of my chains once I start them? Again, I'm totally new to this.

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Old 03-01-2013, 07:12 AM
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As tight as you can get them on the inside,the outside doesn't matter, just stuff them full of mortar. What type of refractory cement are you using?
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As tight as you can get them on the inside,the outside doesn't matter, just stuff them full of mortar. What type of refractory cement are you using?
I'm not sure yet, what should I be looking for? Side note, do you live in Maine?
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This illustrates my question. Also are the exact dimensions of a 9x4.5x2.5 fire brick the actual dimensions? I know cinderblocks differ.

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Have the brick touch on the inside. The 1/2 spacing on the back is acceptable. I would avoid the 2 inch space. Lay the brick out differently than what you have drawn to avoid it. Also, what's up with the space at the top?
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Have the brick touch on the inside. The 1/2 spacing on the back is acceptable. I would avoid the 2 inch space. Lay the brick out differently than what you have drawn to avoid it. Also, what's up with the space at the top?
The space at the top will be the keystone, but not sure what the shape will be until I figure out the spacing of the joints. If I make the 2" space smaller (say 1/2") and keep the 1/2" joints for all the rest, then my keystone will be very large at the top and very small at the bottom. Is this ok? I'll send a pic to illustrate once I have this drawn up.

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As I built my oven - I used the many, many, many brick shims left from cutting as shims to fill all the voids between bricks. Even the 1/2" gaps. Don't know if it made any difference - but I wanted to make sure I didn't have any large mortar joints.

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As I built my oven - I used the many, many, many brick shims left from cutting as shims to fill all the voids between bricks. Even the 1/2" gaps. Don't know if it made any difference - but I wanted to make sure I didn't have any large mortar joints.

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There must be a minimum amount of mortar you need to use tho right. You couldn't have cut the wedges and crammed them in there with no mortar.
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If I reduce the 2" gap to about 1/2" like the rest it makes my dome height way to high. This can't be unique to my oven, everyone must have come across it.



Would this option be ok to do structurally??

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