Beginning the rebuild
Hi everyone, I am Jen from Australia. I am planning & psyching myself up for my rebuild, yesterday morning I removed the sand mould from my beautiful ( and extermely labour intensive!) clay oven, obvioulsy too early- asit completely collapsed 4 hours later. I was absolutely devastated, but after having a good cry and feeeling like a right idiot for glossing over the "drying time" part of the instructions, I am ready to start over. I will go through the remnants later today and salvage what I can to re-use. I am thinking I will need to buy more clay to use in the first layer, depending on how well I can salvage and separate the two layers from the remnants. My base is a 1.3 metre wide circular shape built from river rocks and cement mortar- it is nice and sturdy which is great, and I think my clay straw mix insulating base and paver floor are all still intact. I am loathe to take a photo of it in its current collapsed state, the sooner I clean it up ready to rebuild the better!