Originally Posted by Thermal Mass
What did you render with? It looks pretty thick, especially over the dome and up the flue. Is it painted?
I see you also have a turning peel-very handy tool. I really like the small wood peel, I'll have to look for one like that...
Thanks! I chicken wired over the ceramic blanket covering the entire dome, top to bottom, and applied a couple of layers of stucco base coat. Then over that I used vermicrete to mold and give shape to the entire dome. For final coat I applied several layers of SBC (surface bonding cement), a waterproof fiber embedded stucco finish in white.
I used refractory cement to mold that front vent in the pic.
As for the aluminum turning peel, I made that out of a cheap, large aluminum peel, trimmed it down to size, and replaced the wooden handle with 3/4" copper pipe. The wood turning peel was originally a regular large peel as well which I trimmed and finished to desired size.