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    Hi all,

    Im on my 3rd reading of the oven plan. I want it to sink in before I embark on my journey. Ground is still a little moist here in MA and I plan to start digging here pretty soon.

    One question keeps coming to mind.......Im petrified once I get to dome construction phase. I think the styrafome jig looks like the easiest way for me.
    Being a non mason and all.

    Does anyone feel there is a better way to ensure a quality built dome for someone that know absolutely nothing about brick laying?


  • #2
    Re: Dome Construction

    Hi Eddie,

    Don't panic. It really isn't as hard as it looks! After a course or two, you'll be a pro.

    I used a Styrofoam (foam board) form to help keep things going in the right direction. If I did it over again, I would make the form out of plywood. The foam warps in the sun and moisture.

    Good luck!
    Ken H. - Kentucky
    42" Pompeii

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    • #3
      Re: Dome Construction

      Eddie, The dome looks harder than it is. That's actually the fun part of the project. If I did another one, I'd pay to have the slabs and support walls poured, but I would do the dome myself.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


      • #4
        Re: Dome Construction

        I'd go without forms. Way more fun. Not too hard either.
        Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.



        • #5
          Re: Dome Construction

          Don't forget to check out Hendo's dome gauge...fantastic idea from a very helpful and entertaining guy who sadly is no longer with us
          "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. " Charles Mingus
          "Build at least two brick ovens...one to make all the mistakes on and the other to be just like you dreamed of!" Dutch


          • #6
            Re: Dome Construction

            Don't worry Eddie. Really.

            Check out my thread (http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...ics-2610.html), and maybe Dave's (no offence meant Dave, hope you don't mind) to see two ovens that are... well less professionally built than some others here. One of the reasons I posted regular updates was in a way to show that non-bricklayer geniuses can build one of these ovens, too. the really beautiful domes get a lot of attention (and quite rightly so), but the less skilled-builder-ovens work perfectly well.

            btw, I used Hendo's dome gauge, made it really easy. http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f28/...idea-2573.html

            I'm sure you'll do fine, and if you do get stuck, we're here to help you.
            "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)