Saturday, April 23, 2011
Brick Oven Dome Building
Calculating (or drawing) the precise angle for the brick comprising each chain (the ring of bricks making up the dome) allows me to lay the bricks with thin seams. This strengthens the dome as each brick is locked into place while the mortar provides the seal and the adhesion needed to proceed rapidly.
This is very similar to the bakery ovens I found on my visit to the excavated ruins of Pompeii, in Italy.
The vertical bricks act as a door-jam and will support angle-iron for the mouth opening (in the case of this portable oven) or an arch (when this design is a stationary oven).