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Old 01-31-2013, 09:00 PM
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Default Rickaroonie's 42 in build in Coomba Bay Australia

First post here people. Decided to bite the bullet and go for it. Been reading FB for over a year now and I tell you, some of you guys here are brilliant! With you guys behind me I cant fail!

Not a lot of time at the moment but you can see the progress from the photo's. I've no doubt I will have many questions over the next few months.

Looking forward to meeting you guys also (even if it is over the net).

Next week I will have more progress and I bet a few questions by then too.

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:56 AM
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Welcome Rick,

You go all out on equipment, dump truck, mini ex, and a transit. Me I used a shovel, wheel barrel and and a eye level. . If you got Karangi Dude (Doug) on your side you are golden not only is he one of the pioneer builders but one of the top notch gourmet WFO cooks on the forum.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:18 PM
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Hi Karangi, been to Coffs many many times. Not a bad spot. As one of my hobbies is cooking, you may be up for a challange! lol

And Utah, those thar machines are what I do for a living. Nice to have when working on your own projects. I'm also lucky enough to have just about all the hand tools you can poke a stick at. My other hobbie is building stuff. So I have no excuses for failing with my oven.

I do have a question but a bit too hungover atm. Next week.

Take care all,

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:13 PM
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Ok, my very first question. I've only just started my oven base and haven't purchased any materials for the oven so far. People keep telling me to use just house bricks (no holes) as they are fired to 600 degrees. I've also read a few things here on FB but cant remember where the hell they are to go back to.

As I want to get this right from the start, does anyone have any experience or knowledge in this. Thinking about it, it makes some sense as I cant really imagine getting your oven that hot.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:18 PM
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Thanks for that reply Karangi. Have decided to stick with the fire bricks. Better safe than sorry I reckon. Would hate to have problems down the road after so much time, effort and funds put into this project.

From the photo's below, I'm almost ready for the last 4 courses of blockwork and the floor slab for the oven to sit on. From the photo of the slab you see now, this is only the floor level of my pergola. It now gets built upon as if this slab was on the ground.

From my research, you can either pour vermiculite over your slab for insulation or FB board. One or the other as I understand it. It that correct? And if it is, which is better to use, cost wise and ease of use?
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:39 PM
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Default Re: Rickaroonie's 42 in build in Coomba Bay Australia

Hey Rick

You can get insulation bricks with the same dimensions as the fire bricks. Doug used them and I think they are a good alternative to board, vermiculite etc. The thickness would be approx 75mm.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:16 PM
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Hi Doug,

Sorry about that, you are correct. My mind was thinking about something else.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:59 PM
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Thanks guys, but I still dont know which is better to use. I did see somewhere someone placing splits in vermicrete. As I intend to do alot of bread, I was thinking of doing the same.
As for oven base progress, been a bit busy with other things but have filled the cores before the final slab which I hope to complete this coming weekend.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:45 PM
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Rickaroonie,

There are several ways to skin the cat. Bottom line, insulate as well as can with the dollars you have. I am just guessing but based on what I have seen other Aussie posters mentioning the premium cost of your fire brick let alone insulating fire brick, v-crete or CaSi board may be less costly alternative to insulating bricks. IMO
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:46 PM
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Hi Rick,

If bread is going to be a focus point, I would by all means go with the insulating bricks. I am regretting not adding a little more mass to my hearth which is well insulated with ceramic boards.
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