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#### Ev

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« Reply #60 on: October 13, 2011, 10:56:08 AM »
I've read that the opening height should be 63% of the dome height for maximum efficiency. I'm not sure if that applies to low-dome ovens or not. Did you follow that "rule"?
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#### shuboyje

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« Reply #61 on: October 13, 2011, 12:18:06 PM »
My dome is 12.75 inches high.  That is based off the height of a three centered arch with a 42" base, which I strongly believe is how the dome height of neapolitan ovens are determined.  My door in 8 inches high, which is almost exactly 63% and almost exactly the same size and the cast entries used in Naples.
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#### TXCraig1

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« Reply #62 on: October 13, 2011, 12:48:10 PM »
My dome is 12.75 inches high.  That is based off the height of a three centered arch with a 42" base, which I strongly believe is how the dome height of neapolitan ovens are determined.

Jeff, can you elaborate. If you based the height off the base, doesn't that ignore the 3rd center? Moving the center along the y-axis also affects the height of the arch.

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#### shuboyje

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« Reply #63 on: October 13, 2011, 04:49:27 PM »
A three centered arch as I referred to is laid out in a certain way, which is completely dependent on it's base width.  I'll post a much more detailed explanation later when I'm off my iPhone.
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#### shuboyje

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« Reply #64 on: October 13, 2011, 07:48:22 PM »
Ok, so here is a bit about three centered arches and the history of my interest in them:

It all starts with my study of Marco's posts, specifically his posts about Neapolitan ovens.  The images in the first post of the following link burned into my mind.  I've read that thread begining to end many times.
http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,1118.0.html

One day while researching arches I came across the following web page:

The arch labeled (m) on that page instantly jumped out on me.  It looked like a pizza oven, but not just any pizza oven, the one described in Marco's posts.  I then noticed that the way it was laid out, the height of the arch was controlled by the base width, just like Marco's description of the oven height being a ratio of the diameter.  Now my wheels were really turning.  I loaded up my cad software and began to draw 3 centered arches of multiple base widths.  In each and every case the resulting height was very near d/3.4 .  That really sealed it for me.  It just makes sense.  The three centered arch is an old and common structural shape used in masonry.  It's something a mason hundreds of years ago would have been familiar with.  Now obviously the Neapolitan ovens using a standing soldier resulting in a modification of the arch, but the height ends up the same.
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#### TXCraig1

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« Reply #65 on: October 13, 2011, 08:20:44 PM »
That is a great observation, and I think you're right in selecting it. I love your design. From a purely mathematical standpoint, there are a couple variables other than the witdh of the base that define the arch. Namely the location of two centers on the x-axis and the third on the y-axis. Not all 3-center arches are close to the d/3.4 ratio. A semicircle is technically a 3-center arch with all three centers on the x-axis (y=0 on the middle center). Likewise, it can also be almost flat if the two centers on the x-axis are at the edge of the arch and the center on the y-axis is pulled way down. The arch approaches flat as the center on the y-axis approaches negative infinity.
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#### shuboyje

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« Reply #66 on: October 13, 2011, 08:26:55 PM »
Sorry again, lol.  I should have clarified that when I say three centered arch, I mean it to describe an arch with the 3 centers as described in that diagram.  This seems to be the classic and standard 3 centered arch in masonry, and when the term is used this is what it is understood to mean.  When laid out as described this type of three centered arch will be dependent only on the base width and the resulting height will be very near d/3.4 .
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#### TXCraig1

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« Reply #67 on: October 13, 2011, 11:32:20 PM »
Sorry again, lol.  I should have clarified that when I say three centered arch, I mean it to describe an arch with the 3 centers as described in that diagram.  This seems to be the classic and standard 3 centered arch in masonry, and when the term is used this is what it is understood to mean.  When laid out as described this type of three centered arch will be dependent only on the base width and the resulting height will be very near d/3.4 .

I see why it is the standard. It is certainly the most asthetically pleasing. It's interesting that is seems to be the ideal for a Neapolitan oven too.
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#### Jet_deck

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« Reply #68 on: October 14, 2011, 09:42:23 AM »
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One day while researching arches I came across the following web page:

The arch labeled (m) on that page instantly jumped out on me....

Thanks for finding and posting that reference.  How did you make sure that the sand form was exactly that shape?  Did you measure down to the sand from some point above to make sure that it was the shape that you wanted or just eyeball it?
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#### TXCraig1

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« Reply #69 on: October 14, 2011, 10:41:48 AM »
I would make a form out of foamboard or plywood and use it to shape the sand.
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#### forzaroma

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« Reply #70 on: October 14, 2011, 10:58:28 AM »
Does the board/Plywood lay flat and then the sand is shaped to a dome?

I would make a form out of foamboard or plywood and use it to shape the sand.

#### shuboyje

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« Reply #71 on: October 14, 2011, 01:36:47 PM »
I personally did not use that exact shape, only the dome height it generates. I wanted a higher soldier course then is the norm allowing my soldier to be the same height as my door.  I formed the sand using a profile gauge cut out of sheet metal.
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#### shuboyje

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« Reply #72 on: October 15, 2011, 07:20:29 PM »
Finally got the vent up.  I think in this case a picture is worth a thousand words about what I've done.  It was a real pain to get this all together, I took it apart three times and redid it.  If I am still happy with it tomorrow when the mortar is set up firm I'll make a template for the top and cast it.  I already have the 8" round stainless piece that will go in the top fabricated and ready to go.
-Jeff

#### Jet_deck

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« Reply #73 on: October 15, 2011, 10:38:50 PM »
That is a perfect exhaust done in stone. Just like the pictures that Marco posted, that I have drooled over.  I, also copied that design.

Thanks.
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#### shuboyje

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« Reply #74 on: October 18, 2011, 09:14:07 PM »
Got the last casting in the form today.  Can't wait to get it on so I can insulate over top of the dome.
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#### shuboyje

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« Reply #75 on: November 05, 2011, 10:04:24 PM »
The cold weather got here way to fast and I had to put the pedal to the metal to get this oven ready before winter.  Sadly that means I've done a ton of work since my last update and don't have much to show along the way.  Luckily none of it is rocket science and I will glady answer questions and walk anyone through the process if need be, just ask.  Here is the oven as it sits today with the stucco finished.  I'll begin curing fires tomorrow.  This is basically how she will stay until the spring when I will tile her up nice and fancy.  I'm thrilled with the result and hope she cooks half as good as I think she looks!

PS: For anybody curious I rolled the oven out of the garage and onto the patio today by myself.  With quality casters made for the weight it is not an issue at all once the wheels are aligned.  The trick to getting the wheels align is to simply use a lever, like a 4 x 4, to point the oven where you want to go.  Once that is done it rolls so easy my mother could do it.
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« Reply #76 on: November 06, 2011, 12:01:07 AM »
Jeff, that's amazing!  nice work.
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#### JConk007

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« Reply #77 on: November 06, 2011, 07:18:14 AM »
WOW Really cool !! I have never seen anyone DYI / build the vent Nice work!
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#### Jet_deck

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« Reply #78 on: November 06, 2011, 07:49:38 AM »
I'm thrilled with the result and hope she cooks half as good as I think she looks!

I think it looks great and can't wait to see some pizza come out of that bad boy.
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