I'm flip flopping between feeling totally overwhelmed/in way over my head and thinking this is pretty straightforward and doable...
Before I poured the hearth, 6" of 6:1 perlcrete, i noticed that the footers had settled unevenly during the rains
I leveled out the base using some standard brick and 1/4" steel pieces, assured the ground was firm then poured the hearth. So far so good, still level after all the rains. I've poured the hearth and mocked up my soldier course and brick floor which has me super excited about moving forward.
When I picked up my brick Friday, I also picked up some mortar. What I got was No. 36 refractory cement, is stuff any good? I went with the suggestions of the refractroy supply but am not sure if the make-up is pizza oven friendly.http://37710.samplesite.gbr.cc/cdata/37710/docs/1716139_1.pdf
I'm studying the build threads of fagilia, kiwipete and Jeff which are great and I learn something new each read but something that i'm having difficulty finding clarity on is how to determine the angle of the course that sits atop the soldier course. This stuff feels way over my head, or maybe I'm just over thinking it...and mostly it's around the idea of banding as in fagilia's case and how and where the thrust will be placed and how do I make sure my oven isn't going to fall apart.
One thing is for sure though, I'll come away from this experience with a few things learned!