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2008 MHA Annual Meeting

4 Hr. Pat Manley Oven

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
As soon as we realized that we couldn't get the geodesic oven dried in time, we had to build a backup oven, fast. Luckily, we had lots
of experienced oven building talent available. Tom Trout (right) donated the steel harness system, which he uses on his ovens.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Layout.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
The sidewalls went up fast.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
12x12 firebrick tiles for the hearth.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Skew course is in place. Steel harness is being installed, which will absorb outward thrust from the
firebrick ceiling vault, which takes place at the skew course.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Styrofoam centering.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Marty Pearson does the vault layout. Every third brick is a #1 taper (a standard refractory shape).
This allows for thin joints, and minimized the amount of wedge shape joints.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
The vault is in progress in the back, as Pat and Marty finish up covering the styrofoam with bendable thin stock (cardboard, in this case).

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
The vault is built in rings, for speed. Normally, Pat does a running bond on the vault.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
I even got to sling some mud.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
4 hours from starting, it was ready for a curing fire..

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Marty tries to amp up the fire by using the exhaust air from a Makita 6013BR 1/2" drill, favorite tool of the heater mason.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

 

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Meanwhile, Alex Chernov came over from his project to make suggestions for installing a hood.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Heh, heh. Somebody found a small blower fan.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Now were talking !

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Marty rigged it up for unattended operation.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
It was decided that the rear could use some more heat. Marty and Pat remove a brick to provide
a combustion air hole.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Marty tries the blower from the back.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Looking good.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
All right! That's more like it.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Don't try this at home, kids.

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
Hearth reading

4 Hr. Oven with Pat Manley
A little later. Ready for pizza.

Geodesic oven workshop with Norbert Senf and Pat Manley

 

See also,

2007 Photo Report
2006 Photo Report
2004 Photo Report
2003 Photo Report
2002 Photo Report
2001 Photo Report
2000 Photo Report
1999 Photo Report
1998 Photo Report
1997 Photo Report

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