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  • Re: Round shape

    Replace it.
    Put a plaque or something over it..

    Do you think the brick got that hot that it cracked?

    Edit:-
    Have you got a roof over it yet?
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    • Re: Round shape

      Originally posted by Mike D View Post
      I am less worried about the fire brick part of the crack (it is so small). The crack in the red brick Just looks bad and it makes a way for water to get in when it rains.

      -Any ideas how to fix it?

      Mike
      I have never tried this on an oven or fire place:
      I had a few cracks above a couple of windows and one real good one on a knee wall on my front porch. For the mortor joints I used a tube of exterior latex mortor patch (HD or Lowes) I can't remember which. This stuff was mortor gray and had sand already mixed in. (In you case I would just use the plane gray exterior latex with no sand mixed in. It will be easier to squeeze into the crack) For the brick I got the closest colored exterior latex that I could find. Try rubbing a little brick dust over the face of the brick while the patch is still wet then wipe off all of the excess. The mortor joints may require a slightly damp rag to remove the excess. I would do the mortor joints first and wait till they are completely dry then move on to the face brick. I believe that the latex will have enough flex to make the crack at least only obvious to you.

      I am new to WFO's but as for as water proofing goes, I also believe in a permanent roof over the oven.
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      • Re: Round shape

        -Alright I am back at it after a long long time off. I am ready to finish this oven. Sorry guys for the wait.

        - I have the copper sleeve and top chimney cap (copper) that will go around the flue pipe wrapped in fire blanket. I was planning on filling the empty space with loose dry vermiculite up to a level height (but not all the way up to the brim).

        -Then I was thinking of putting a mesh screen on top of the dry vermiculite, to keep it in place, then putting a layer of Vermicucrete (with some reinforcement) as a cap. This cap would go around the copper sleeve, to somewhat hold it in place. To keep the water from getting in from the sleeve, I was going to use a High temp silicone.
        -I was thinking of putting a small intentional gap in between the sleeve and the vermicucrete to fill it with the silicone. Does that make sense?

        -What ratio mix of Vermicucrete should I use for this cap?

        -On top of the Vermicucrete I was going to use a SBC or a stucco with some type of acrylic additive, to keep the water out. But that will happen later after the vermicucrete drys out.

        -Mike

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        • Re: Round shape

          This is my solution. The two terra cotta caps allow moisture from the insulating layer to pass between them and out to the atmosphere. If you make too rich a vermicrete mixture at the top then you trap the moisture in.
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            What do you mean too rich of a vermiculite mix, too much vermiculite or too much portland cement? I was thinking it could be lighter (less cement) than the insulating layer under the oven because it didn't need the strength. I forget what the normal bottom insulation mix ratio is (10 to 1 ?).
            -Mike

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              Too rich = too much Portland cement. The recommended under floor insulation ratio is 5:1. The dome insulation is better at 10:1. This layer is not under compression and only has to support itself to stand up by itself and be firm enough to render over it so a minimal amount of cement is better.
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              • Re: Round shape

                Thanks David-

                -I looked back in my old threads and saw that I used a 6 to 1 mix under the oven with 2" ceramic board on top. I will use a 10 to 1 mix on the top.
                -I was going to put wire bars/masonary ladder (that people use to connect brick/block together) with a wire mesh to reinforce the vermicucret cap.
                -what do you guys think about the sbc or stucco on top?
                -Mike

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                  "-what do you guys think about the sbc or stucco on top?"

                  It's your choice, the outer shell is only to keep the thing weatherproof. but make sure you eliminate the water from the oven and the vermicrete layer before you do your stucco, otherwise the steam will probably crack the outer shell, regardless of how much reo you put in it. Remember one litre of water = 1000 litres of steam.
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                  • Re: Round shape

                    Will do on the curing David, thanks for the help.

                    Mike

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                    • Re: Round shape

                      Can you put normal stucco on top of SBC? I have some left over SBC and was thinking of putting a layer on top of the vermicucrete cap to give it a structural bond, and then finish with a normal stucco for aesthetics. I don't think the SBC looks that nice (you see the little fiberglass pieces).

                      Mike

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                      • Re: Round shape

                        Try damp sponge it when you're don. It produces a nice finish.
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                        • Re: Round shape

                          -Thanks David

                          I wanted to have a smooth finish (with a metal tool). Will the stucco stick to the SBC okay? The stucco will match the bottom stand finish as well.

                          Mike

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                          • Re: Round shape

                            Originally posted by Mike D View Post
                            -Thanks David

                            I wanted to have a smooth finish (with a metal tool). Will the stucco stick to the SBC okay? The stucco will match the bottom stand finish as well.

                            Mike
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                            • Re: Round shape

                              Hi Mike
                              Just going back over your thread looking to steal ideas. I find the enclosure to be the most mentally frustrating part of the oven build. I have yet to see one which I would rush out and copy - which maybe accounts for the huge variety on show, and the fact that I am ground to a halt right now. My inclination now (but this will change again) is to go for an igloo finish.
                              Yours is interesting and unusual and very well constructed. I have a couple of questions.

                              This is from a few pages back

                              Ok- so if I put a 3/8" layer of vermicucrete between the outer arch and the decorative brick enclosure, I could still put a mortar seal on the front (outer/showing side).
                              Did you actually put a layer of vermicrete or did you just use mortar here? If you did, would it have helped prevent a crack spreading to the decorative brick if it had been thicker?

                              Your vent entry arch is kinda like (a cleaner version of) my own and I was reluctant to cover it with another decorative arch - but also I was worried that it would sponge up rainwater and cause problems. Do you plan on leaving it exposed and did you, or do you plan to, coat it with any kind of weather proofing sealant?

                              What did you use to clean the bricks btw?

                              Sorry that's more than a couple. Well done on the work so far and good luck with the rest.
                              Aidan
                              Last edited by Amac; 04-16-2012, 05:45 AM.
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                              • Re: Round shape

                                Amac- thanks for the look,

                                -I did put a vermicucrete layer between the arch and the red brick. I don't know if it helped or not, but I think it cracked because of a combination of things. The flew pipe is too close to the red brick so I think that helps heat it up on the back side of the brick faster than in the front.

                                -I tried to squeeze in a little of high temp mortar into the crack in the front (I don't know if it will do anything, but I thought I would try. I will see what happens when I fire it up again.)

                                -If I was to build another oven I don't think I would do it like this again. I would probably do some type of igloo with a brick front entry (Kind of like Less or some thing). I might be done by now if I did. Making an original enclosure is like reinventing the wheel (just like the rest of my oven, I hve no idea what I am doing).

                                -I don't plan on building an enclosure over the oven, I might cover it in the winter with a tarp or something but we don't get that much rain here in California. There are a lot of ovens that have the exposed firebrick in the front, you don't have to cover it.

                                -And I have not cleaned the bricks yet.

                                Mike

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