On the plywood support, we poured a 5:1 mix of vermiculite and Portland cement to have a 2″ thick layer. This will be the first layer of insulation for the suspended hearth slab. After a few months of use, we will insulate further from the bottom. At the far side, you can see the void […]
Just thought I’d add this photo: Dad surveying the work to be done and probably wondering what possessed his daughter to start such a large scale project…….
After last winter, our first order of business in May was to create a wood support for the hearth. Although it is to be a suspended hearth, we built a center pillar with cement blocks to provide additional support. The pillar top had to be in the middle of the hearth insulation layer so we […]
This was the last step we worked on before we wrapped up everything for the winter last October: we weren’t prepared to work in less than perfect weather so we called in a day. As mentioned in the previous post, this is a photo of one corner with a rebar and filled with cement mix […]
Do I have a lot of updating to do!! I haven’t posted anything on the build since last August but that’s not an indication of what’s happening: I’ll try to speed-up the updates in chronological order to get you as fast as possible to the current status. In September of last year, we raised the […]
Last week, after modifying my plan a dozen time, I was finally fully satisfied and was ready to start, at last. But I realized that I really didn’t know how to put the cement blocks together; I had plenty of witten material on the subject but felt I was missing something. So I placed an […]
I did the inventory of the cement blocks I got so far and modified my paper plan accordingly. I have much more block 8X10X16 so the oven hearth floor will be slightly smaller than the Alan Scott plan, but it’s ok. I laided the blocks to see if it all made sense and I think […]
Finally done!! I came back from work on Tuesday and it was finished!! There are cute little bird footprints on it but unfortunately, they will get covered by the cement blocks and bricks; too bad they aren’t at the other end where nothing will cover the cement. I guess I’m somewhat of a control freak: […]