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  • #16
    Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

    The consensus is about elbow height.
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    • #17
      Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

      This is just my 2 cents worth. Err on the side of at least 4 inches too high. You can always increase the height of the area that you stand on in front of the oven, but it would be hell to jack up a WFO .
      Joe Watson " A year from now, you will wish that you had started today" My Build Album / My Build

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      • #18
        Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

        Hi Rosemary,
        your hearth or cooking floor height should be where you can see without bending over or standing on tippy toes. This can cause a problem if the owners are both tall and short, but as I learned many years ago, always build things to suit yourself, everyone else will need to adapt!
        Once you have established a hearth height, deduct your floor thickness and get your base + insulation to that height.
        Also, rather than putting the oven way down the back, put it just off your deck where it is close to all your amenities and also close to deck cover if you have it, allowing the oven use year round rather than braving the elements!

        Cheers.

        Neill
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        • #19
          Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

          So as this is suppose to be the intro section. I'll introduce myself and then start a new thread with the build process.
          Living in Bathurst on maternity leave at the moment. Thought I would have lots of time for interesting projects. HA, HA, HA. My munchkin is a very busy little man. Hubby loves the idea of the oven and we are starting to fine tune the design after looking at lots of photos and threads. We both love Bathurst, not too hot or cold and close enough to the big smoke to pop down for the weekend.
          Cheers,
          Rosemary

          My build so far
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          • #20
            Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

            Rosemary,
            looking at your pictures of the flue transition, I will lay money on the fact that you WILL GET SMOKE OUT THE FRONT as the transition is way too small to collect and direct the smoke and heat up the chimney. Go the extra and make it much bigger to prevent it. Mine is quite large and the only time that I have had smoke out the front was when some 'purchased dry redgum firewood at $320/tonne' refused to burn nicely so I took to it with a petrol leaf blower at full throttle. That made a hell of a difference, almost melt steel in the oven then! You also need to have an 8" (or sorry for the non metric members) a 200mm flue. It will draw much better than the smaller 6" (150mm)!

            Neill
            Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

            The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know


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            • #21
              Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

              Thanks for the thoughts Neill. I popped out and measured the vent transition and it is only a tiny bit smaller than the 20cm diametre flue I will be using. A mere 23cmsquare difference so at this stage it will be staying. I have been thinking of may e making a vaulted arch and I have seen some smashing draft doors to enhance the start off period. Anyway. I've decided to use black grout/cement on the outer arch just incase.
              Been a wet week in Bathurst so not much done on the cleaning of the bricks. Also my little man is teething so is very clingy at the moment. Picking up the fire clay and the marble for my entry this weekend. Might also stop in at field furnace guys in Sydney. Not sure depends on how the day goes.
              Cheers,
              Rosemary

              My build so far
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f51/...ish-19084.html

              Starting out collecting info and materials
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f3/h...lia-18943.html

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              • #22
                Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

                Origional post by SpottedFrog
                Also my little man is teething so is very clingy at the moment
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                Rosemary,
                For teething fever and pain, we use a necklace made from nettle root. I have heard that it grows all over the world. I've raised several kids and a few grandkids. The stuff works. We dig and wash the roots of the plant, cut in sections, and make a necklace strung from sewing thread. When all else fails it will cut the fever and the fretting of a young one. I have converted several young parents who did not believe in folk remedies, who now swear by it. Over here it is a garden weed mostly found in cultivated garden sites. It is usually harvested near the end of the growing season in overgrown vegetable gardens.
                I hope this plant grows in your neck of the woods. You might want to do a search of nettle root or other folk remedies for your area.
                Joe Watson " A year from now, you will wish that you had started today" My Build Album / My Build

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                • #23
                  Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

                  Well progressing slowly at the moment. I managed to get my planning (exempt) application drawn up and into council. So hopefully should get the go ahead this week. Also picked up the fire clay and measured the marble that I might use for the hearth entrance. Also confirmed a couple of sources of perlite and vermiculite in the big bags, nice people at elders in widsor have them in stock at a great price. Did a mockup of the oven with entry arch in cardboard so I could check the placement and that I could see the internal spaces from my seating area.
                  This week I want to:
                  Clean up some of my reclaimed bricks.
                  Make the floor template.
                  Start levelling the area.
                  Want to find a source of old wood fire heaters as I might be able to scavange handles or glass from them.
                  That will probably be enough to do. Can't wait to get the go ahead though.
                  So funny I was thinking about the project the other night and I understand what people mean now when they say they can taste the pizza and bread already. Ha ha ha.
                  Cheers,
                  Rosemary

                  My build so far
                  http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f51/...ish-19084.html

                  Starting out collecting info and materials
                  http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f3/h...lia-18943.html

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                  • #24
                    Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

                    Originally posted by SpottedFrog View Post
                    measured the marble that I might use for the hearth entrance.
                    The hearth entrance doesnt get exceptionally hot but it does get very hot, dont know how marble will handle the heat?
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                    • #25
                      Re: Hello from Bathurst, Australia

                      Love the doors that people make with glass dishes so tracked down some really old Pyrex pie dishes. Hopefully one is the right size and we can replicate the beautiful doors I have been drooling over.
                      Cheers,
                      Rosemary

                      My build so far
                      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f51/...ish-19084.html

                      Starting out collecting info and materials
                      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f3/h...lia-18943.html

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