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  • #61
    Hi Joe,

    Like all new undertakings, once completed it seems logical, straightforward, and easy. However, while in the process its more like "what the best thing do I do now?" I appreciate the guidance and support. I will also crack a beer and see if I can stream a little Bobby McFarren!

    All good,

    Cory

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    • #62
      Houston, The Dome is closed!

      Following Gulf's advice, I mortared each brick, trying to eliminate the voids at the bottom. I dry fitted the course and mortared them individually while the rest of the un-mortared course was still in place. In this way I was successful in avoiding "mortar creep". With a couple of taps the keystone found it's home and I backfilled with a grout bag and putty knife.

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      • #63
        Congrats on completing the dome
        Russell
        Build Link............... Picassa Photo Album Link

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        • #64
          Many thanks, Russell.

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          • #65
            I dropped the platform and went after any gaps in the interior of the dome. Luckily, there were not many. I should have built a 42" dome, if only to give me another inch in the arch to fit through. It was a tight fit. I would have hated to do this in the summer.

            I started the first curing fire at a low level, 200 degrees, using charcoal briquets. Once the visible signs of moisture are gone I'll crank up the heat over the following 10 days.

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            • #66
              Looks really good! Folks always say nobody looks inside, but you probably will every time you are firing your oven and you check to see if the dome clears. Your workmanship will bring a smile to your face
              My build thread
              http://www.fornobravo.com/community/...h-corner-build

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              • #67
                Thanks for the compliment JR. I appreciate it.

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                • #68
                  Great work lad! Ive just got to the same stage yesterday too. Shouldn't you be careful on the fires though? I thought best practice was to let it sit for a week to dry out naturally? Thats what Im gonna do. Your oven looks wayyy better than mine mind. Very neat brick work and construction.

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                  • #69
                    Thank you! It was very satisfying to close the dome. Even more satisfying that the whole thing didn't collapse when I dropped the support!

                    Regarding the curing fires, I've seen people start them immediately, some cover them with the insulating blanket first and then start their curing fires. I'm starting with low level fires around 175 - 200 degrees F. using charcoal briquets. Once visible signs of moisture are gone all start cranking the heat over a 10 period. 300 degrees first day, 350 second, and so on up to full firing. I'll install the insulating blanket once the overt signs of moisture are gone. Many believe (and it makes sense) that the insulating blanket will allow the brick to warm uniformly, rather than a large temperature gradient between the inside of the brick and outside.

                    Onward to the exterior arch...

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                    • #70
                      Sounds like a good curing plan. I progressed to hotter fires prior to putting on my insulation. Not sure that is the reason I have a crack in the back of my oven, but if I had it to do over again.....
                      My build thread
                      http://www.fornobravo.com/community/...h-corner-build

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