Well, a bricky I will never make, however I am proud of my work so far. Not bad for a novice and first timer. As I am so knackered, there will be just pictures at this stage, and you will have to wait for the video to get the good oil on my thought process another day.
In the beginning there was a concrete slab where the wicking bed once had laid. Holly helping of me course, and Teddy was helping Kim paint!
The materials. Breeze blocks, 40cm x 15cm and about 14 half bricks
These are the 60cm x 60cm pavers that will make the top of the base that I will lay the oven brick on.
This is the basic structure before adding the mortar. It is 120cm wide and 135cm long, with a side preparation table top. The mortar is made up of two parts of premixed cement and six parts sand and all mixed up in the wheel barrow with enough water to make it a thick consistency.
This the first row bedded in. Square and level.
Note my sloppy joints. The base will be rendered when complete, so it doesn’t really matter much. It is level and spaced correctly apart.
The second row of bricks go on.
Not yet finished the entire 2nd course. I had to mix up some more mortar.
The second course of bricks completed and level.
Another angle. I will be bricking these tunnels up at about half way, mainly because Kim is scared of spiders that may lurk in the deep dark depths! There still should be enough storage for wood.
My trusty trowel. I have the hang of it now.
I ran out of mortar at about 5pm so called it quits for the day and cleaned up the surrounding area so that there would not be cement stains everywhere.
All my muscles hurt, my brain is numb but I feel a great sense of accomplishment. I start again tomorrow morning. It will be 4 rows high before I put on the large pavers. So far I have used two 20kg of sand, and about 10kg of premix cement.
What do you think? Not very climate friendly using all of this cement, however the oven itself will be made of natural and recycled materials from around the yard, so it is not all that bad.
Gav signing off and stuck into a glass of organic wine! xox