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[Cob] Linseed oil/Radiant heat floors/tileAmanda Peck ap615 at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 21 19:57:20 PST 2006
Fired tiles--glazed or not--are a traditional roofing material. They are both named as suitable for rainwater harvesting--possible that the glazed ones would give mold algae and lichen less of a foothold. Seems like Khalili's work on ceramic houses (maybe not with Cal-Earth?) were basically taking the dome kilns that after some years fired themselves and extending the idea to firing a dome deliberately and thoroughly. Denzer's book on cob/dome bread/pizza ovens recommends building them around a sand--or basket--form. You might well be able to do it backwards--smallish cobs arranged to make a dome, then finished with sand/clay plaster spread thickly on the inside. That is, the same way dome houses are usually made where they are traditional. And then invite all your friends (not to mention us!) over for pizza and bread, and, as the oven cools, things like brownies, ending up at three in the morning with meringues or giant tamales. ..................................... Shody wrote: I sort of intended to build a kiln anyhow. I have "The Kiln Book". I guess I will make really big strong floor tiles ... any suggestions? I wanted to make a cob dome. I wanted to collect rain water from a non toxic surface. How about a tile exterior with large tiles that are curved to fit the dome, that sit on, as well as over-lap the course below, that provide an air space behind/underneath for the cob to breath? Perhaps feet that hold the tile off/away from the structure? Perhaps the dome can be used as a mold and tile can be made to fit individually? Perhaps clear glass tiles that can be vented at the top to let heat out? Any suggestions? I already know of CalEarths ceramic domes and that idea seems like overkill, but I havent decided if a kiln is a waist of energy, or too extravagant for my style. Perhaps I could use the plastic used for greenhouses with an airspace for breathing on the outside of the dome? Shody
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