Thanks Ann...I spent weeks reading this forum before I started. I think the guys on here saved me several mistakes. Like you, my head was spinning to start with but keep re-reading and make a few notes. It soon starts to make sense.
My flue and chimney setup are going to be...how shall I say....freeform! Still, this is the joy of working with clay, just plug the gaps! Turned an old flowerpot into a bespoke pork pie chimney. I fully expect it to crack spectacularly, but it was fun to do...just like my granny taught me to crimp a pie!
Almost finished the sandstone skin and created a shelf under the granite worktop. Haven't finished the entrance archway yet but covered the oven with plastic as I'm off to Madagascar for 8 days on a work trip (tough job!). Just as the weather turns nice enough for a pizza party too!
Been away for a week. Torrential rain whilst we were away dripped onto the outer edge, so some clay repairs and small fires yesterday and a full firing today. Pizza all round then. Locked the doorway with bricks to cook my first loaf followed by a slow roast of pork with sweet potatoes. Love this oven!
Today was the day to tackle the Goldilocks of insulation ( not too wet, not too dry), the Diva of building materials ( Don't Touch Me!). I was a little sad to see the red brown dome disappear under a grey overcoat but with the English weather and a penchant for sourdough bread,insulation was a must for me.
I started with a large grade vermiculite, cement and a handful of fireclay. Kept it as light as possible without it crumbling away, then let it go off a bit and finished with a richer mix and smaller vermiculite, smoothed into submission with my yellow marigold gloves!
It's big! Employed the services of our local granite workshop to cut my eBay off its to size for the service area. Nearly there!
i have no idea why one of my pictures is upside down !
Thank you all...couldn't have done it without the help of this forum. I have to confess I was terrified of the prospect of building anything so...big! Exploits to date had been limited to wallpaper and paint!