Hi everyone at Forno Bravo Forum,

I'm about to embark on the construction of my Pompeii dome... I have a little question about using shims.

I understand that I need to use a shim to prop up each brick to the desired angle, but then how do I fit in the refractory cement if the shim is in the way?

I have seen lots of photos on the internet of a dome construction covered in hundreds of shims (e.g. Mad coyote Joe), then the next photo in such sequences narrating the construction of a dome features the dome covered in a coat of refractory cement. What happens in between?

I would guess the best way to construct a dome is to put a layer of cement on the first brick and then place the next one on top of it using the cement itself as a leverage to create the desired angle.

If anyone could shed some light on this I would be most grateful,

leao

I'm about to embark on the construction of my Pompeii dome... I have a little question about using shims.

I understand that I need to use a shim to prop up each brick to the desired angle, but then how do I fit in the refractory cement if the shim is in the way?

I have seen lots of photos on the internet of a dome construction covered in hundreds of shims (e.g. Mad coyote Joe), then the next photo in such sequences narrating the construction of a dome features the dome covered in a coat of refractory cement. What happens in between?

I would guess the best way to construct a dome is to put a layer of cement on the first brick and then place the next one on top of it using the cement itself as a leverage to create the desired angle.

If anyone could shed some light on this I would be most grateful,

leao

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