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  • Bacterium
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    Originally posted by cobblerdave View Post
    Gudday
    Dito that . Rigged up a board same hieght as the floor. Industrial vacumn to suck the air out. Slid in on my back to discover that you can fit in the oven but.. Your body blocks all light and air!!!scared the crap outa me ...never been back in there!!!!!
    Regards dave
    I reckon that comment needs to go in the threads about "what size oven should I build" ..... One big enough to crawl in and clean !,,,...

    Sorry I couldn't resist but on a serious note it does become a "confined space" in some instances.....

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  • cobblerdave
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    Originally posted by Gulf View Post
    I wouldn't worry about that now unles I could rig up some some type of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or a forced air sand blasters hood .
    Be careful in that confined space with power tools, or chemicals for that matter .
    Gudday
    Dito that . Rigged up a board same hieght as the floor. Industrial vacumn to suck the air out. Slid in on my back to discover that you can fit in the oven but.. Your body blocks all light and air!!!scared the crap outa me ...never been back in there!!!!!
    Regards dave

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  • Phxdt
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    First Fire back in December. Paper only.

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  • irelande5
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    Nice build congrats on finishing dome

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  • Gulf
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    Originally posted by Phxdt View Post
    ... I learned the mortar is really hard to get off the bricks! Thinking about coming back with a 1/4 sander and taking that layer off....
    I wouldn't worry about that now unles I could rig up some some type of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or a forced air sand blasters hood .
    Be careful in that confined space with power tools, or chemicals for that matter .

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  • Phxdt
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    Well. I finished the dome- so busy I didn't update the thread. My wife did the honors in placing the keystone. I learned the mortar is really hard to get off the bricks! Thinking about coming back with a 1/4 sander and taking that layer off.

    Now to work on the vent...

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  • Phxdt
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    Been wondering this all day: Can't I use the 5 degree cuts that are left over from my solider course and use those as permanent shims? I see everyone using wood. Given that the next course needs to be at the same angle (5 degrees), seems like I could use it.

    Thoughts?

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  • Phxdt
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    Spent 5 hours last night working on cutting my soldier course at 5/16 off (5 degrees), dry fitting, and then finally mortaring.

    Man, that homebrew recipe is nasty stuff. I used gloves and still my hands feel dry the next day. I attempted to get the grout lines on the inside of my soldier course as small as possible, so I ended up with some gaps between the floor and the course bigger than I'd like. It's nice to see if finally going up. Likely will do one more course, and then complete the arch.

    I am using the spreadsheet that deejayoh created. Props!

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  • Phxdt
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    Working on the arch opening. Still waiting to make more progress on the dome. Nothing else to see here...

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  • Phxdt
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    @AZatty


    I am planning on going over to Marjon this afternoon to pickup the fiber board. Want me to pick yours while I am there?

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  • azatty
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    Yeah, I placed the order. I'm building a brick smoker next to the oven. It's hard to justify dragging out my trailer-mounted smoker unless I have a couple hundred people to feed. Since I learned to smoke meat in Texas, I'm too much of a snob to do it with an El Cheapo from the local big-boxes, and I want to try an insulated pit design.

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  • Phxdt
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    Yup, that was me. However, they didn't have enough for me. I am never over in that part of the Valley, so I stopped in. I called today and asked for them to order more.

    I am assuming you ordered the 5 boards. small world!

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  • azatty
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    Did you raid Marjon Ceramics for board yesterday? When I called today to see if they had any, they said someone had bought all if it yesterday.

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  • Phxdt
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    Great, thanks for the advice. I'll be shifting gear to pickup the FB Board and brick, rather than working on the facade.

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  • azatty
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    I might wait on putting any finish material on until you finish the dome. I found that making the dome was a pretty messy project. The concrete work looks good to me. My first pour was a horrible looking slab.

    I salute you, though, for braving the insane temperatures we're experiencing. When I was building mine last year, I had already quit working for the season by June.

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