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  • #31
    Great job! You can do anything....but you will only know if you try. Looking good and waiting to see the finished product.

    Ricky
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    • #32
      Originally posted by w650gb500 View Post
      I had a mason lined up to do the brick/stone work on the exterior today. He was supposed to be at the house at 9am. I get a text that his “helper” was running late and they won’t be here until 10. No problem, with a helper, we should be able to get most of it done. So, I wait and get all the supplies down near the oven to make everything easier. 11 o’clock comes around and I call him to see what their ETA might be. No answer! Send a text, no response. Figures, a 60 degree day and no mason! I decide to mix some mortar and start myself. I’ve met many masons and they are only good at what the do because they do it over and over. I’ve watched and figure I can do it just as well, just slower. So, here we go!!!! I had 4 good hours setting the soldier course on 3 sides and the fieldstone veneer on the facia. Also built the arched opening out of brick cut to 3”. I like the way it looks as it’s different than the others that I’ve seen. Tomorrow I plan to be outside at 8:30am and not stopping until 4:30 when it gets dark. I believe I can get it done if I don’t run into any issues.

      Today’s progress.

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      You've done well. Congrats on doing it yourself!
      My 42" build: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...ld-new-zealand

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      • #33
        Well, turns out all local masons are “flakes”! I must have made 15 calls to friends, acquaintances and local businesses. SCREW EVERYONE! That is until the last call when I spoke with a local masonary contractor. He called one of his job sites, talked to a supervisor and he had an employee who was willing to work this past Saturday with me. SCORE! Nice younger guy who likes “out of the ordinary” projects and was intrigued by the oven project. We spent all day up until dark getting all of the bricks done and the roof started.

        The backside was a bit challenging. He worked on the ladder while I handed him bricks and mortar. We worked well together, he was happy getting paid for the day and I was thrilled to get all of the brick finished. I have to finish the roof, the stone on the facia below the opening, the chimney stone, the chimney cap and point the whole facia this week. That’s the majority of the work other than fabricating a door.

        I thought this was going to be an easy project when it began! Boy was I wrong!

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        • #34
          Also, while sorting through the bricks, I found 2 which had the foundry name cast into them. I did a little research and Hanley Brick Company was founded in 1893 and the building that the brick were reclaimed from was built in 1903. Nice piece of history and story to go along with the build. One went on either side.

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          • #35
            Great work! I love the look of your oven.
            My 42" build: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...ld-new-zealand

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            • #36
              Originally posted by w650gb500 View Post
              I thought this was going to be an easy project when it began! Boy was I wrong!
              Hahaha! Dan, join the club! But get this - it is also much more fun to cook in a wood-fired oven than I thought!

              Awesome job! You can post a sentry in that tower to defend the estate!

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              • #37
                Pretty neat your oven has some old history to it...Looking good

                Ricky
                My Build Pictures
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                • #38
                  OK folks, getting closer as the weather Gods are cooperating a little bit. I was able to get the fieldstone veneer on the front below the opening and the chimney completed. Also, the second row of roofing mortared into place. I bought a damper as was suggested but had to do a bunch of modifying to get it to work. If all goes well tomorrow, I will get the rest of the roof in place and point all of the fieldstone. If not, Sunday is supposed to be decent as well. I think that I can get it done if nothing strange comes up.

                  While at Lowe’s today, I bought some brass fittings to make a steam vent, but don’t know if it’s necessary in my build. Nothing got wet(directly) during the duration of the build, but it has rained several times since I began. I did cover it with roofing rubber or a tarp if it looked like rain, but even humidity could have soaked in a bit. On one hand I don’t see it as necessary, but on the other hand what could it hurt to incorporate one. I bought the pieces, but will it be sufficient to just bore a hole and epoxy/construction adhesive it in place? When I eventually fire the oven, I can unscrew the cap and allow any steam if any to escape.

                  More pix to follow after tomorrow’s work.

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                  • #39
                    Glad you're getting the weather to cooperate to finish the build. I'd suggest you think about using a good silicone seal instead of the epoxy/construction adhesive...having a bit of flexibility would be good for that seal and heat will not be a problem.

                    I hope your Turkey Day was a great one!
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                    • #40
                      Do you really need a steam vent with the enclosure like that? I really have no idea but I will be a bit surprised if you do.

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