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  • MnDude45
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    I’ve finished up the back, sides and top over the dome and applied waterproofing to seam and screws. Also continued with the curing fires after a couple days off due to schedule and weather.

    The fires are mesmerizing. Click image for larger version

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  • Gulf
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    If you will elevate the charcoal and allow air to be drawn in from underneath it will burn without the need for kindling in these easy stages.

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  • MnDude45
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    Sixto - The enclosure five sided with the flat front, two side extending back from the front to the end of counter and then two sides coming to the point at the back of the corner. The back does slope back to the corner. The slope will remain to be topped by a poured concrete cap with overhang. My plan is to get the cement board and waterproof on this week. In the meantime, I am able to cover the entire enclosure with a larger tarp after cooling to protect from any overnight rains. Hoping the forecast remains dry for a few days.

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  • MnDude45
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    Gulf - I have a couple of charcoal chimney starters which I have been using to start the curing fires. They are working great in this role. Yesterday I started with 6 briquettes in the foil pan and added kindling as necessary to spark to flames. I'll ramp up the number of briquettes each day until to raise the heat until I'm able to build bigger fires. I'm trying to heed Utah's advise and keep the fires manageable.

    Thanks for the feedback and advice.

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  • Sixto
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    Chris, I love the stepping of the front facade up to the chimney. Nice proportions! Is the surround a hexagon or octagon in plan? Also it looks as if the roofline has a gentle slope to the back, will you do a flattish roof or a gable shedding to each side? Are you also planning to build-on some sort of rain protection for you when working the oven in the rain? I may have to invest in one of those patio umbrellas for sun and rain protection since my dome is exposed.
    Last edited by Sixto; 09-12-2022, 05:35 AM.

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  • Gulf
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    Chris,

    The build is looking mighty fine. This device would come in handy for most of the lower temp drying fires. Fully stoked with lump charcoal, they burn very hot, but with no direct flame impingement on the dome. Wood fires tend to get out of hand before you know it. A charcoal chimney starter (Not Galvanized) also comes in very handy for many uses after the oven is fully dry.


    EDIT: Having internet speed issues loading pics. Here is a link with a pic that I wanted to share.
    Last edited by Gulf; 09-11-2022, 06:33 PM.

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  • MnDude45
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    Finished the structure for the enclosure today and Day 2 of curing. A good darkening of the dome has formed which I will patiently burn off in the coming days.

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    Same advice given to Sixto, slow go, turtle wins the race in curing an oven.

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  • Sixto
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    Hey, it's like we're both giving birth at the same time! (after a long, arduous labor, with much grunting, sweating and swearing)
    And look, the inside of your dome is Perfect! . (I won't even look at mine until after the 8th day... I don't want to know if there are cracks till then.)

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  • MnDude45
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    Fire #1 today. Another monumental day. I fired it up to ~200+ on the dome top and 180 on the dome side walls using 4-5 charcoal briquettes and kindling to flame it up. No signs of damage as it cooled. Click image for larger version

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  • MnDude45
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    Sixto - Thanks for the observations. I have installed some diagonal supports on both the front and back of the chimney vent box to provide support and to secure the cement board. Additionally, the arch extends a bit out to provide support for the cement board and I plan to adhere to the brick chimney vent. I haven't had a chance to take some pics after a very busy week. I appreciate the feedback

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  • Sixto
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    Its looking awesome! As they say in Game of Thrones... "Winter is coming" (just not today, it's hot and muggy here)

    I'm guessing you know this already, but just in case: (Warning: unsolicited suggestion follows) if there is room, and you want to curve a track around the arch (so you have something to anchor the sheathing edge next to the brick) you can take a standard track and snip the two legs every 3 inches or so, so all you really have holding it together is the long back side, then you can fit it to almost any curve and even add a stud part-way along the curve by screwing the stud to a flange segment...you can adhere the curved back of the track to the bricks with construction adhesive while you weigh it down to hold the shape You might want to trim the insulation back a bit between the base of the arch and the chimney bricks if you choose this whole approach.
    Last edited by Sixto; 09-07-2022, 01:34 PM.

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  • MnDude45
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    I’m pushing to get the enclosure framed and it’s going much slower than anticipated. In my case, there is a significant learning curve.

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  • Mr. Slowhand
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    Originally posted by MnDude45 View Post
    Mr. Slowhand - I put on 3 full 1” layer and almost another 1” over most of the dome
    Thanks, just finished with the blanket, did the same!

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  • MnDude45
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    Mr. Slowhand - I put on 3 full 1” layer and almost another 1” over most of the dome

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