Thanks Brian. Too bad about your LBGE.
But I'm really surprised not much has been posted about the furnace cement bubbling and not bonding well to the claypots.
The cement flaking off the paint was to be expected. Even though I tried to roughen up the new copper paint, it would never have bonded as well it I had mortared over the original green finish.
Oh well, live and learn. Sure learnt a lot in the process. On to "just cooking" now.