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Old 03-08-2009, 08:21 AM
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Default New Pompeii oven in Bellevue, WA

I started my thread in the Introduction Forum months ago but will continue it here until I start cooking.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:24 AM
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Ahhh…spring time in the great northwest! I started the day cutting the bricks for the seventh course, in the snow and sleet, and nearly got frost bite on my fingers. After they thawed, I went to watch some local rugby matches…also in the snow. Wish I was in Dubai for the World Cup 7’s.

Upon my return I mortared the seventh course into position. With the risk of below freezing temps tonight, I decided to put a small heater in the dome so that the H2O in the mortar doesn’t freeze before it has a chance to cure. I used some bubble foil insulation to seal the top and opening. I sure hope I chosen the correct action. If the weather doesn’t get any worse, I’ll put the 8th on tomorrow.

I’ve chosen not to mortar the outer opening arch way yet. I believe that it will be easier to reach in and complete the dome.
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:43 AM
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John, great symmetry on the dome. Looks perfect.

Where was the rugby? It's time to take my son to a match and show him what it's all about.

Snow on the ground but a few sun breaks. The oven beckons....
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:07 AM
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I'll second Bill's compliment, really nice symmetry! Good looking job! Nicely done!

Yesterday was beautiful here (near Port Townsend) and today snowing!? Sure hope we don't get a cold wet spring like last year...sure impacted the fruit trees and subsequent harvest. So where's all this global warming?

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Old 03-08-2009, 04:11 PM
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Wow, what beautiful work. My pots and pans aren't that round. Excellent.
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:04 PM
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Wow, Are you sure you did that with square bricks like the rest of us. What a great job. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

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Old 03-08-2009, 09:43 PM
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Thank you for all the kind words.

I had another productive day completing courses 8 and 9. With daylight saving I sould get closure by the end of the week. Planning a long day of logging madrona wood next Saturday and continuing on the opening on Sunday.

I'm looking forward to playing with matches soon
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:55 PM
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Very impressive John.
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:44 PM
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hope you got it covered up today. Haven't seen that thick of snow for a while now, even if it was only for two hours.

Hope to be able to see your oven someday.

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Looks great, John. Almost there!
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