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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2010, 11:51:52 AM »
Thanks. Personally, I'm not crazy about the contrast between the arch and the side walls. The walls needed to have the ends cut to square them up and the color doesn't match the uncut bricks in the arch. I'm thinking I'll probably get some nice brick-face ends and stick them on when I finish it up.


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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2010, 12:36:59 PM »
Nice transition and vent work.  I can already tell it is going to draw well.
As far as the contrast between the bricks, after a couple of roaring fires most of that will blacken initially and will stay that way for the most part, and after several more firings they will blend in well and develop character.  :)))

EDIT:  oops.....I just realized you were talking about the face of the outer arch not matching...  I thought inner, originally.
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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2010, 04:42:12 PM »
Thanks carbon.

Maybe I'll give it some time to age gracefully. :)

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2010, 08:24:28 PM »
Surely you only had to cut one end, why didn't you just put the non-cut end out?  It looks great regardless, and I really like the way you toothed in the vent bricks.  It makes it very strong and smoke-tight.

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2010, 08:26:44 PM »
And if you want it to match, hit the arch with a light grinding.

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #30 on: August 05, 2010, 07:32:24 AM »
Surely you only had to cut one end, why didn't you just put the non-cut end out?  It looks great regardless, and I really like the way you toothed in the vent bricks.  It makes it very strong and smoke-tight.

The side walls come off the dome at an angle, whereas the arch is parallel to the front of the oven, and I thought it would be better if the ends of the wall bricks lined up with the arch.
 Good idea about running the grinder over the arch bricks. I just may do that. Thanks.

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2010, 12:42:51 PM »
And if you want it to match, hit the arch with a light grinding.
I agree, best solution!

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2010, 01:30:50 PM »
Certainly the easiest fix. I'll probably do that first and see how it looks. I may still go with some nicer looking stick-ons.

Some more pics of today's work.


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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #33 on: August 07, 2010, 11:07:58 AM »
And a few more photos of yesterdays work.


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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2010, 04:56:18 AM »
Hi Ev,

Your oven is looking fabulous. Well done !  The workmanship is very professional and well thought out.

What are your plans for insulation ?  I found with my first WFO that insulation is never enough.

Kind regards.

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2010, 07:28:27 AM »
Thanks Barry.
 I have 2 rolls (100 sq. ft.)of  the ceramic fiber blanket that Forno Bravo sells. I'm thinking that should get me at least 3 layers. Then I'm planning a 3 inch layer of "vermicrete", plus a layer of waterproof stucco.
 Next year, I intend to pretty it up with stone face on the bottom, a stucco finished enclosure on top, and filling the top with perlite. I figure that oughta do it!

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #36 on: August 31, 2010, 08:59:46 PM »
very nice build so far.  You have certainly put a lot of effort and thought into your oven.  I am starting to really get the urge to investigate these more upon seeing all these great pics!

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #37 on: September 01, 2010, 12:30:47 AM »
is that straub special dark i spy in your build photos?
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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #38 on: September 01, 2010, 06:43:30 AM »
No, that's Yuengling black & tan. It's not the best but it's not exactly "swill" either. ;)

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #39 on: September 01, 2010, 07:04:53 AM »
"Functionally complete", by golly. I put the final coat of vermicrete on yesterday. I'll let it sit a week and then start the curing process. I should be cooking in two weeks!  :D

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #40 on: September 01, 2010, 08:07:46 AM »
Steve,

Your WFO looks great.  ;D  Here's to your build.  Can't wait to taste the pies that you make in your WFO.  A celebration with Mead.  :)

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #41 on: September 01, 2010, 10:32:38 AM »
Mead me in St. Louis! ;D


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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #42 on: September 01, 2010, 12:51:12 PM »
The oven's looking really good! 
I think you can go ahead and start low temp fires at this point.   As soon as the blankets were up I started doing long and slow, low temp burns using a basket of charcoal, even while applying coats of perlcrete and stucco over the blanket.  Using the Minion method and with the oven opening almost sealed the charcoal will burn at low temp for a good portion of a day.   I even cooked several meals during this curing period, low and slow ribs @ 250F, for instance.
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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #43 on: September 01, 2010, 02:14:30 PM »
No, that's Yuengling black & tan. It's not the best but it's not exactly "swill" either. ;)

i can't stand yuengling anymore.  has such a cheap taste compared to what it tasted like a few years ago
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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #44 on: September 01, 2010, 04:24:26 PM »
I know what you mean, but the price is right. Normally I brew my own but I haven't brewed anything lately, so it's been mostly B&T or something from Sierra Nevada.

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #45 on: September 01, 2010, 04:26:24 PM »
The oven's looking really good! 
I think you can go ahead and start low temp fires at this point.   As soon as the blankets were up I started doing long and slow, low temp burns using a basket of charcoal, even while applying coats of perlcrete and stucco over the blanket.  Using the Minion method and with the oven opening almost sealed the charcoal will burn at low temp for a good portion of a day.   I even cooked several meals during this curing period, low and slow ribs @ 250F, for instance.

Wow, no kidding! The Minion method huh? Thanks. I've got some homework to do. :chef:

So, do you seal the inner or the outer opening?
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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #46 on: September 01, 2010, 04:48:07 PM »

So, do you seal the inner or the outer opening?

Not completely seal, but partially block the inner opening with firebricks or whatever you have so you're not feeding too much oxygen to the briquettes for the long low temp burn, and also to exhaust the smoke.  A small vertical crack at the opening is all you need. 
I kept my temps between 200 - 300F for several days before incrementally increasing the temps for several more days before I built up the scary fire, high enough to do pizza.
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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #47 on: September 01, 2010, 09:12:19 PM »
Steve,  its also very important to start curing before you insulate,  and cover with waterproof materials.  The moisture in the bricks and dome must be driven out before it can be finished off.  Go slow though.  Don't freak out when you see hairline cracks in the outer "shell" it boing to happen,  something has to give here and there.    BTW really nice brickwork,  your oven should work excellent.  -marc

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #48 on: September 01, 2010, 10:41:25 PM »
Thanks guys. I did build a couple small fires once the dome was complete and before the insulation blanket was applied. I knew enough not to put the final waterproof stucco on until it's cured. I'll start building small fires again tomorrow. Maybe try some of those ribs! :)

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Re: Finally, My WFO is Underway
« Reply #49 on: September 06, 2010, 09:56:00 AM »
I've been building ever increasing fires for a few days. This is exciting all by itself! :-D  I can't wait to actually cook something! I'm planning the inaugural pizza bake for this coming Saturday.
 I built a door for the oven a couple days ago. It's a sandwich of 18 gauge steel and vermicrete. It's hefty but not too heavy.
 


 

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