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    Hi. I finished my dome last week and am wondering if I should go through the curing process before insulating?

    My oven is a 42" igloo design and I will have 1" blanket and 4" vermiculite concrete on the outside of the dome.

    Cheers
    Jase

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    Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

    Definitively, yes!

    Luis

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    • #3
      Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

      since you are using the blanket, you could also consider placing that on for the cure, but don't secure it down in any way. The curing fires will retain heat longer, maintain more consistent heat, and use less wood. You are able to lift off the blankets to check for dome integrity (cracks) at any point.

      Finish with the vermiculite/concrete once the curing is done.
      Mike - Saginaw, MI

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      My oven build thread

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      • #4
        Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

        if the dome shows any cracks during curing, should you put more mortar on those cracks and then repeat the curing process and 1 week wait?

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          Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

          Originally posted by amber View Post
          if the dome shows any cracks during curing, should you put more mortar on those cracks and then repeat the curing process and 1 week wait?
          Great question Amber,

          I was wondering the same thing but most of the threads I read stated that the cracks that appeared were small hairline cracks and didn't appear to be inside the dome. Once the dome cooled they were barely visible.

          I look forward to reading the replies so I can be prepared as well.

          Good luck!

          Bill
          Bill,

          Check out my build http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/b...egin-5443.html

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          • #6
            Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

            I can't wait to get to the curing point!

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            • #7
              Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

              This question comes up quite regularly.
              The general consensus is either way works just fine.
              The main point is to take your time, and DON'T rush the process.
              My thread:
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
              My costs:
              http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
              My pics:
              http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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              • #8
                Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

                Thanks, that's very reassuring. I figured that was the answer, but it's nice to have someone else tell me.

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                • #9
                  Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

                  Please help my oven is completely installed and I am ready to cure, but I don't want to mess it up, I saw someone creating fires based on temp, 300 the first time, then 350 , etc but I can't find that on this site, I read the curing stuff on the curing page but I would like more detail on the size of each subsequent fire and the temp you should allow it to get, I have infra-red thermometer, I want to be VERY careful as I bought the one shipped from italy and I read you could ruin it easily by messing up the curing process!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

                    I have been following this schedule as per the plans downloaded from the Forno Bravo website and it seems to be working:

                    Day 1 - Newspaper only
                    Day 2 - Newspaper and a little kindling
                    Day 3 - 1 stick of 2"x3"X16" wood
                    Day 4 - 2 sticks of wood
                    Day 5 - 3 sticks of wood
                    Day 6 - 4 sticks of wood
                    Day 7 - 5 sticks of wood

                    Good luck
                    Jase

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                    • #11
                      Re: Oven Curing - before or after insulation?

                      Check out this thread:

                      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f16/...tegy-3227.html

                      And maybe this one... Its rather long and rambling in places, but Acoma was the first to try the "new" curing method and took care to document it all carefully:

                      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/17/a...re-3529-3.html
                      "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

                      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
                      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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