Still No Pizza!
Not even close as a matter of fact!
|Seventh Course Arch Transition|
|Look no Play Dough! :)|
Things seem to be working out for the most part. I am finally getting the hang of mixing the mortar to a good working consistency. It helped to do a lot of mortar mixing for the side brickwork, I needed the experience!
Trying to carefully align firebricks to avoid the dreaded teardrop effect at over the arch area! Using the indispensable tool is a help in this area. You can see my temporary brick supports made from scrap lumber to hold the bricks in place while the mortar sets.
Keeping an eye on the vertical joints from aligning to help prevent a long crack. Wish I wasn't so sloppy, hope it doesn't come back to bite me later in the build.
Had to remove the overhead protection since I was hitting my head on it as I was placing the higher courses. Things are moving along at a decent clip, I may be finished before 12/2012. Yeah 18 months should be enough time!
JULY 2011 - the saga continues!