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Old 08-12-2008, 08:47 AM
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Last month I started my build and have finally had time to upload the pictures. I am only there on the weekends so progress is a little slower than if I could work on it full time.

So far have not hit any major snags - other than everything takes longer than you plan for. I have posted a link to the pix , please let me know if any one sees any glaring problems.

I have little gaps between my bricks in the dome , but dont know if it will be a problem.

Melanie Wesslock : photos : Pizza Oven!- powered by SmugMug

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Old 08-12-2008, 09:23 AM
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Looks like you guys have a great start.

One thing to watch out for: Try not to let the vertical seams line up from one course to the next. I had to cut a few narrow bricks on each course to keep them from lining up. You'll get a stronger dome with less cracking.

Don't worry about little gaps. Just fill them with mortar.

Keep up the great work!
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:29 AM
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The build looks perfect so far, and what lovely photos! It will be a pleasure watching the rest of your project progress.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:32 PM
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Just love the look of a red brick dome - are those regular ones or fire brick?

Its coming along really well!
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:17 PM
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Ken - I was stubborn and wanted to use my bricks that I had already cut , instead of trimming them. Wont do that again..

Mod - thanks, my wife is a photographer, unfort her pix are going to show the flaws , sometimes blurry is better.

finally - they are fire bricks, have no idea why they are red. But thats what they had.

thanks for the kind words.
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:21 PM
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Ken - I was stubborn and wanted to use my bricks that I had already cut , instead of trimming them. Wont do that again..
Been there... I know the feeling!
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:39 PM
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everything takes longer than you plan for.
Ain't that the truth!! How many times has my wife said that?

Your pictures aren't loading for me, but I'll try again tomorrow. Anxious to see them.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:05 AM
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I like the red color - progress looks excellente = I smell pizza!!!

Cutting bricks is so much fun - I can't imagine not making 2 or 3 cuts on each brick....

Ditto the taking longer part - takes even longer after it starts making pizzas - I'm still doing final finishing on mine... (actually not finished mine...)

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Old 08-14-2008, 07:13 AM
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Why are you not building a stop for your door? I think it's a very important step for ease of (door) use and baking breads etc. or just to seal the heat inside the oven for a longer period (next morning breakfast bake, etc.) You are off to a great start. Best of luck on your build!
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:30 AM
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I forgot to leave a reveal for a door stop. Once I started cutting the bricks for the entry I started focusing on having a smoothe transitions to the dome. When I was finished with the fourth row I realized that i didnt leve a stop. Now I dont know how to correct it unless I add a small column of brick to create a stop. Maybe a 1/2" x 1/2" or something like that

What do you think about that ?
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