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  • Tim F
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    It's looking excellent Salv, not long till your first pizza now!

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  • Salv B
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    A couple of days ago I was able to devote another full day and managed to get up to the seventh course, including the dreaded tieing in to the oven opening. I think it worked out ok - I tried to keep the position as consistent with the dome gauge as possible. I ended up using the angle grinder with a diamond blade to carve out a notch on the two bricks that were going to hit the arch (see pic 2215) and then put in a small keystone between them - I have attached a series of pics that might explain it better. Hopefully this is going to be structurally ok.

    I have also attached a couple of pics of where I got to by the end of the day. I noticed that by the fifth course the inverted v mortar joints became much more pronounced. And finally, the oven opening arch is still standing at this stage! I hope that there will be no changes to this status.

    Cheers

    Salv

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  • Salv B
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    Once the vermiculite dried out a bit the real fun began. Last week I set out my oven floor and soldier course (see the first picture). The company I bought the firebricks from had some 500mm x 500mm x 75mm firebrick tiles. I initially planned on using standard sized firebricks but eventually went for four of these tiles for the oven floor. I was glad I did this but boy they were heavy and it was quite an effort to get them levelled on the vermiculite.

    As I was on holidays i was able to devote a couple of full days to the work. It's amazing how much you can get through in an uninterrupted day - espcially if you have help from another person. In one long day we got to an almost completed fourth course. It was great to see the actual dome taking shape.

    I decided not to taper the bricks as I didn't have ready access to a wet saw and I didn't fancy using an angel grinder on all those bricks

    To get the angles right I used a dome gauge which was made by screwing an aluminiun curtain bracket to an old broomstick. I then carved out a notch on the bottom of the broomstick so it would sit comfortably against a steel rod in the dead centre of the oven floor. This worked out really well. I have attached a picture.

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  • Salv B
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    Hi Himzo,

    I haven't got to home made beer yet. I make a very rustic red wine with with my father every year though

    cheers

    Salv

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  • Himzo
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    Originally posted by Salv B View Post
    A kegorator - that would be perfect for our hot Adelaide summers! will have to keep that on the list of options.
    To make it even slightly economical you will have to brew and keg your own beer.. which in itself is a whole new addiction..

    Nice job on the stand BTW.

    Himzo.

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  • Salv B
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    I wasn't sure how many pics I could include in one post so I started a new one for the next stage. I used vermiculite as the insulating layer on my hearth and it was great to work with something so light after all that cement!

    We mixed the vermiculite in a wheelbarrow, first dry mixing the vermiculite and cement 5:1 and then adding water.

    I wasn't too sure if the vermiculite had set properly, it was so crumbly. But after a few days it seemed to be ok (see the final pic).

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  • Salv B
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    I am still in catch up mode with my backlog of pictures so will try and race through the next few stages.

    With the oven stand I ended up going with Besser blocks that were made to interlock with adjacent blocks and above. I must admit it was satisfying stacking these blocks (a bit like lego ) and they went up quite quickly.

    I have also attached a couple of pics of the stand being prepared for the cement hearth pour. I basically followed the pompei oven plans for this except I didn't use angle iron to span the stand opening as I will be putting in a brick arch (thanks to Tim F for the great idea). I made a mistake in not putting the arch in before the hearth pour. Does anybody see any problems in doing the arch after?

    I have also attached a couple of pics of the cement hearth. Once again, while the amount of cement was nowhere near the slab, we used a mini mixer to deliver the cement.

    cheers

    Salv

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  • Salv B
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    Originally posted by Breven View Post
    Salv-

    I wish I had some counter space or a prep area...a Kegorator would fit nicley under that counter!

    Looking great so far...keep the pics coming!

    A kegorator - that would be perfect for our hot Adelaide summers! will have to keep that on the list of options.

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  • Salv B
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    Originally posted by Tim F View Post
    Looking good so far!
    Hey if you have room, why not include a tandoor in your design. It's on my list too - of course it doubles up with the oven a bit but you can use it for a smoker too. Links here Oil Drum Tandoor and here How to build a tandoor using a flower pot
    Hi Tim,

    I'm open to any ideas and a tandoor sounds intriguing. I presume you can you cook Naan bread in the WFO?

    cheers

    Salv

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  • Breven
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    Salv-

    I wish I had some counter space or a prep area...a Kegorator would fit nicley under that counter!

    Looking great so far...keep the pics coming!

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  • Tim F
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    Looking good so far!
    Hey if you have room, why not include a tandoor in your design. It's on my list too - of course it doubles up with the oven a bit but you can use it for a smoker too. Links here Oil Drum Tandoor and here How to build a tandoor using a flower pot

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