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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #200 on: October 10, 2020, 05:46:56 PM »
9 hours work today, at a reasonably leisurely pace with a few tea breaks along the way.
first 5 brick courses done, 6 more to go. The tramell tool makes easy work of placing the bricks.

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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #201 on: October 10, 2020, 05:53:14 PM »
Master craftsmen...
You’ll be enjoying awesome feasts out of that for many, many years.

Looks great mate!
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #202 on: October 11, 2020, 06:18:53 AM »
Master craftsmen...

Far from it mate  ;)

Gotta say, the kit is incredibly well prepared and the instructions (written and video) make it relatively easy to assemble. Just like big boys lego  ;D
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« Reply #203 on: October 11, 2020, 06:48:28 AM »
So the bricks are shaped, are they ???

Start off flat but then get a increasing slope built into the top ???
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« Reply #204 on: October 11, 2020, 07:49:49 AM »
Nah, their just falling inwards. The kit comes with a carton, drink a few lay first level drink a few more...etc,etc.  :laugh:
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« Reply #205 on: October 11, 2020, 09:04:11 AM »
Personal experience, Glen ??? >:D
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #206 on: October 11, 2020, 01:39:14 PM »
So the bricks are shaped, are they ???

Start off flat but then get a increasing slope built into the top ???

Bricks are pre-cut and there are 3 types, each with a different taper and profile. First few courses are type 1, next couple alternate type 1 & 2, then a couple of only type 2, and so on and so on. 10 brick courses in total.

We've gone as far as we can this week, another 5 hours today got us up to finishing the 8th course. Stripped out the flu arch formwork and cleaned and pointed all of the internal joints. The next stage is to insert fibreglass dome to support the last 2 brick courses and then mix and pour the castable keystone. Once the work starts on this stage it needs to be completed and left to cure until the keystone has set, but cant be left longer than 12 hours or the morter will be too hard to clean off the underside. So it's too late today to start that process, it'll have to wait until next weekend now  :'(
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« Reply #207 on: October 11, 2020, 06:27:01 PM »
Your a bloody legend mate
I’m never showing my mrs this page
She’s been on a our a pizza oven for years😂😂
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #208 on: October 12, 2020, 06:27:41 AM »
She’s been on a our a pizza oven for years😂😂
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I spent a fair bit of time looking at kits from a few different companies. Their's was a little dearer that than the others, but the kit is far more comprehensive than many of the other brands I looked at. Many of the other brick oven kits require you to cut the bricks yourself which is a lot of work, so for me it was worth the extra dollars.
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« Reply #209 on: October 13, 2020, 10:55:22 PM »
Fire Brick Company in Melbourne - they ship world wide  ;) https://melbournefirebricks.com.au/

Waiting for Bird's reaction when he checks the prices!

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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #210 on: October 14, 2020, 05:44:08 AM »
Waiting for Bird's reaction when he checks the prices!

That's a hell of a lot of takeaway pizzas for the price ?
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #211 on: October 14, 2020, 06:26:41 AM »
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That's a hell of a lot of takeaway pizzas for the price ?

Why did I know that was going to come up  >:D
Trust me, we've thought long and hard about this. We spent quite a while pondering the idea and or us it's all about the entertaining more than the personal use, although it'll get used quite a bit for that. We live in a good close community and have a core group of neighbours who we socialise with pretty much every week (and we all go camping together). Most weeks we are all 2 doors down from us for Friday night drinks, and most Sundays everyone comes to our place for sundowners. Quite often we will have a Saturday night special at our place for a fireside cook up, which is why our fire pit is into it's 3 incarnation. Its had to grow to accommodate the crowd  8) It's quite common for us to have at least 8 adults + kids just for a non-event Saturday night gathering. Special events (like birthdays) attract even bigger crowds.
And it's not just for Pizza's. Once fired, it takes 2 hours to get the oven up to 400c, and then takes 60 hours for it to cool from that back down to 70c, and you can cook in it for the full time period. Our planned use would be a Saturday afternoon firing (crowd or no crowd) and cook some nibbles like chicken wings or a flat bread & cheese dip during the preheat cycle and then pizza cooking later on on the evening. Next morning, the oven will still be hot enough to do bacon and egg breaky, and then later on either throw a roast in to slow cook for the rest of the day or a small quick re-fire the next afternoon will have it back at full temp for for Sunday night sundowners, or using the residual heat from yesterdays fire you can start a little fire than choke it and throw in some damp wood chips for a long and slow smoke.

Yes it's a Shite load of money if Domino's cardboard is to your liking  >:D, but I see it is value adding to our home and an improvement to our outdoor entertaining area.
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #212 on: October 14, 2020, 06:38:14 AM »
Great explanation Spada, simply put the friendships and fellowships created for you, your family and community are priceless.
How you choose to spend your hard earned dollars is really nobody’s concern but yours.
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #213 on: October 14, 2020, 07:09:33 AM »
if Domino's cardboard is to your liking

Wash your mouth out!

To be honest, I haven't yet had a commercial pizza from anywhere, even $25 "gourmet" ones, that taste as good as our home made more-or-less Meatlovers do! ;D (& as I mentioned before, they're just cooked in a normal electric oven, not even wood-fired)
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #214 on: October 14, 2020, 07:29:27 AM »
Why did I know that was going to come up  >:D

At that price, it's obviously more of a lifestyle choice than an effort to save money, but no need for you to justify to us. If you can afford it and that's what you choose to spend your money on then that is all that matters. You can't take money with you at the end of the day. Only time it ever rises an eyebrow for me is when people keep buying stuff they really can't afford.
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #215 on: October 14, 2020, 07:45:25 AM »
Why did I know that was going to come up  >:D
Trust me, we've thought long and hard about this. We spent quite a while pondering the idea and or us it's all about the entertaining more than the personal use, although it'll get used quite a bit for that. We live in a good close community and have a core group of neighbours who we socialise with pretty much every week (and we all go camping together). Most weeks we are all 2 doors down from us for Friday night drinks, and most Sundays everyone comes to our place for sundowners. Quite often we will have a Saturday night special at our place for a fireside cook up, which is why our fire pit is into it's 3 incarnation. Its had to grow to accommodate the crowd  8) It's quite common for us to have at least 8 adults + kids just for a non-event Saturday night gathering. Special events (like birthdays) attract even bigger crowds.
And it's not just for Pizza's. Once fired, it takes 2 hours to get the oven up to 400c, and then takes 60 hours for it to cool from that back down to 70c, and you can cook in it for the full time period. Our planned use would be a Saturday afternoon firing (crowd or no crowd) and cook some nibbles like chicken wings or a flat bread & cheese dip during the preheat cycle and then pizza cooking later on on the evening. Next morning, the oven will still be hot enough to do bacon and egg breaky, and then later on either throw a roast in to slow cook for the rest of the day or a small quick re-fire the next afternoon will have it back at full temp for for Sunday night sundowners, or using the residual heat from yesterdays fire you can start a little fire than choke it and throw in some damp wood chips for a long and slow smoke.

Yes it's a Shite load of money if Domino's cardboard is to your liking  >:D, but I see it is value adding to our home and an improvement to our outdoor entertaining area.

Mmmm, fresh baked, hot bread!!!!!.............................and for around $3 grand, you've got a very good multi-purpose piece of equipment. How many people have spent that and a lot more on 4wd bling that they don't really need.

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