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post #31 of 53
did you look in the oven?
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post #32 of 53
When this happened to me, Nicko suggested I empty my Sent Items and Message Tracking folders. You can find the by using the folder drop down on you PM page.
At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.
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post #33 of 53
:bounce:
I love those ovens. I can't wait till the weather chills a bit so I can use mine again ! ( no way to use it in Greece during summer...)
TBH you will bake the best bread ever and you will make Kyle die of jealousy. :cool:
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post #34 of 53
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I think I'd rather have him squirm with envy, then die of jealousy.
I got all the arches in the oven built, and today I laid the bricks that make up the base of the front arch and also part of the facade. It came out real nice. Now all I have to do to finish the oven proper is lay 2 courses of firebricks, one of which has to be cut to fit, to slant from the top of the last arch down to the level of the door lintel. Probably have to rent a machine to cut them. From there on out its more grunt work of mixing concrete to cover it and building a metal 2x4 and wonderboard housing. It's really too cool looking right now. I can't wait to bake in it.
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post #35 of 53
It's nice to know I have such caring friends :)
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post #36 of 53
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Borrowed an angle grinder today, bought a diamond masonry blade and cut all the bricks to tie the dome together, and mortared it all in place. It fit so well I didn't need support underneath it. so for all intents, the dome is done. I need to let it cure for two weeks, then I can pour mass quantities of concrete over it, then wait two weeks, then I can start with small fires. This to me seemed like the trickiest part, but once I started fitting the cut bricks in place, I swear, it took 15 minutes to finish. then I spent some time fooling around with the chimney throat and the outer arch. Went to take some pix and my beloved 25 yr old Olympus OM-1 with the f1.4 lens crapped out. I'm bumming. I've won prizes with that camera. I took it to the camera store and they're gonna send it out, but no guarantees it can be fixed, it's so old. We have no shortage of 35mm cameras, but I love that one.
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post #37 of 53
Hooray! It won't be long now.

I have an Olympus OM-10 I bought in 1980 before a big trip to Greece. Great camera! Even survived a fall down Mystra, although it's dented. I think it works... Free for the mailing. Interested?
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post #38 of 53
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Yes, I am. I'll pm you when I can back at the puter, as I'm being dragged out of the chair right now.
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post #39 of 53
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Got the thirteen bags of concrete poured over the oven today, after boxing it in and putting aluminum foil and wire mesh over it. Then I played around with the front. Got more playing around to do there, and then figure out how the chimney goes on. But that's minor. So, it's two weeks away from use. Can't believe I made it this far.
The camera came today. Thank you. You thought wrong, by the way. The mirror is stuck up and the film advance lever is jammed. I'll take it in for an estimate. There was a roll of film in with about 6 pictures left on it. Should I post them when I have them developed? Are they anything the rest of us shouldn't see? I once bought an old European range finder camera at a yard sale, it was so 50's looking I couldn't resist, and I popped it open without thinking, and exposed the film that had been in there for who knows how long? So I always check.
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post #40 of 53
Just in time for Thansgiving!!:D

Was it what you expected in terms of work and the outcome so far?
post #41 of 53
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I basically have had only Mondays to work on it and it's hard to say how much time I've put in, working alone. If someone really wanted to, and had lots of help, I think this could be done in a month of weekends, but starting from scratch with masonry skills was a drawback. I just went out and wiggled the front arch and I don't know if it's going to be the right thing. But since I can't even light a fire in it for at least two weeks, I have time to fix it. Toughest thing is going to be cleaning up the yard around it and moving the pergola which is now smothered in wisteria that never blooms, but spends all it's time and energy climbing into the Yoshino cherry.
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post #42 of 53
"the pergola which is now smothered in wisteria that never blooms, but spends all it's time and energy climbing into the Yoshino cherry."


Don't you hate it when that happens?
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post #43 of 53
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I bought this Yoshino cherry at Home Depot about 12 years ago as a sapling. It's huge. It has a spread at the bottom of the first branches of about 40 feet. In the spring the pink blossoms are blinding. There is a stone paver patio under it, in the corner of the fence, but it's unusable because it's so dark and damp under all the time. I want to move that over next to the oven. More digging, more lugging,but if I can get it done before the ground freezes then the view out the kitchen window will be so much nicer when the snow thaws in the spring and I won't be looking at construction debris and muck.
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post #44 of 53
Judging from my experience with constructing my oven some years ago, it seems to me that you are practically ready.
I hope that you have saved a good quantity of wood because the first time you need to fire the oven for hours in order to remove humidity.
Good luck :)

Send some pics when it's done!
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post #45 of 53
:lol: (Kyle)!
post #46 of 53
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Just lit the first fire, a couple of sheets of newspaper, even tho the chimney isn't really finished. But the smoke went up and out like it was supposed to. I also double checked with the fire department and they said it was perfectly ok, as long as they know when I fire it up. What a long strange trip it's been. As soon as I mix a little more mortar and lay 24 bricks which I already know right where they're going, I'm done with the oven enough to use it, and to worry about dressing up the outside of it later.
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post #47 of 53
Pictures!!!
post #48 of 53
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Will have some pics of the oven later this week, but in breaking news, the earthy crunchy grocery store made me an offer today to be the full time pastry chef, so I accepted, and gave my notice at the country club. There's actual growth potential there, paid vacation in the summer, if I want, cheaper health insurance, a whole lot of stuff I don't get now besides the opportunity to make what I make. Plus I've already worked there for over a year so it's not like I'm walking into the situation cold without knowing anything about the place. But geez, I hope this works out.
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post #49 of 53
Wow, so do we TBH!! :bounce:

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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post #50 of 53
Great news!:bounce: I'm very happy for you.:)
post #51 of 53
Any pictures yet?
post #52 of 53
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You know, they're still in the stupid camera. I'll get to them eventually. I haven't used it since thanksgiving, been really busy at my new job with the terrible health insurance (almost-major bummer there) but I have thursday off and I'm going to light it to try and dry the insulation around it.
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post #53 of 53
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I think I need a refresher course in black and white photography. Or maybe it was the weak battery. This is before I insulated it. The tarp comes off tomorrow. Don't know what I'll be baking or cooking, but something.

a fire last fall
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