So I need to catch up with the posting, we have lots going on, and with every spare moment going toward building, I find myself lagging behind with posts…a change of circumstances with this oven!
Where was I…oh, right…the dome. After laying out the oven floor, I set up my soldier course and cut my springers for the dome. The springer in an arch is the point at which the arch ‘springs’, thus the name..clever huh? Here they are, soldiers and springers…
For a more detailed explanation of dome building, check out this post… Building My Wood Fired Oven…Dome
With the dome completed, it was time to cover it with a reinforced cladding. I then used galvanized fencing imbedded in the cladding mixture because expansion will crack it, and that takes away it’s structural value. Because I laid the base course with vertical sides (soldiers) forces of the dome ( arch) exit high and lateral pressure could weaken the structural integrity. This is a precaution…chances are, I won’t need it.
I have been able to do two days of drying fires, which slowly drive moisture out of the dome and cladding. Here you see the finished surface of the dome as of this week.
Drying fire one….go slooow, or risk damage!
I have another design change involving the cast concrete pieces. There will be more on that in an upcoming post!