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Old 11-18-2007, 05:50 PM
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I'm not 100% convinced I need to add additional structural support to the sides of my vent arch walls. If I do it, I'm looking at it as cheap insurance.

I really like DrakeRemoray's enclosure (http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/atta...n-dsc_0006.jpg) and would like something similar. If I add reinforcement, I won't be able to use his idea for framing. I'm willing to shift gears if it means I won't have trouble with my vent walls.

I went to the Depot and picked up a couple of concrete building blocks to experiment with. I came up with 3 ideas. The pictures will explain better than I can.

The pics all show a 1/2" piece of hard Kaowool board between the blocks and the vent wall. My reasons:

1. A small bit of insulation.

2. More importantly, to give the wall a *little* room to move. The Kaowool has some give. I figure if the wall wants to move due to thermal expansion, it probably *needs* to move. If I force it to stay in position, something has to give (crack).

Input? I'd like opinions on this idea and definitely other ideas if you have them. The chimney and cap will be the DuraTech system from FB.

As always, thanks for the input!
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:23 PM
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leave it alone.....

I'm with ya.. I've had one small crack in the arch... no biggie.

pressure from the: side, down, up, ... it'll work

Fire that sucker up.
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:50 PM
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My oven is still new. So maybe I'm talking out of turn. However, I didn't use any additional reinforcement on my arch sides. I did choose to go with a nice light duratech system though.

My arch has cracked due to me not allowing enough expansion room for the anchor. No other cracks so I'm pretty bummed about it.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:05 PM
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Ken, if you don't plan on loading your arch with a ton of weight - you are probably good to go. I am going to surround my chimney with brick - quite a lot of weight. If you go the two brick with iron route, I think you would be good for a nuclear hit

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Old 11-18-2007, 11:36 PM
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Just a thought, but if you want just a bit of extra support, couldn't you build the framing to provide it? An iron bar part of the way along the side of the archway should do for that. Then you could have it both ways maybe.

In any case, I think your right in wanting to leave some room for expansion. One other thing, my archway gets pretty hot right next to the dome when I fire it up. Or did you put in an insulation break there?
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Dave, thanks for the confidence! I may scale down my support ideas a bit.

Les, if we have a nuclear attack, PIZZA at my house; 6pm!

Frances, I like your iron bar idea. It gave me a thought (looks like a trip to Home Depot today). I'm thinking about a "L" shaped support like they make for building wood gates, that would be perfect and take up less space.

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Julian, You're not at all out of turn. Your work is superb. Your arch and sides are similar in design to mine. It sounds like you are getting really close to pizza heat. Sorry to hear about your arch/anchor problem.

Dave, thanks for the confidence! I may scale down my support ideas a bit.

Les, if we get nuked, PIZZA at my house; 6pm!

Frances, I like your iron bar idea. It gave me a thought (looks like a trip to Home Depot today). I'm thinking about a "L" shaped support like they make for building wood gates, that would be perfect and take up less space.

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For what it is worth, I did not really reinforce the sides of the arch. My arch is built a little differently and the only weight on it is the cast vent and duratech. I guess technically you could say there is a little reinforcement, as I extended the cladding at the dome interface a few inches over the arch bricks. I have no cracks.
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OK... I used an idea inspired by Frances' comment. I picked up a couple of heavy duty shelf brackets at Home Depot and used lag bolts and lead anchors to secure them to the concrete.

Wedged tightly between the bracket and the arch wall is a 1" thick piece of Kaowool board. If the wall wants to crack, it will crack and maybe shift slightly, but the bracket should deter any catastrophic failure.

This solution gives me the flexibility for a couple different enclosure options.

Thanks for all the input gang!
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