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This unit is a stage constructed Casa 80 unit in our Showroom.

  • Day One
    • The insulation board is lain directly on the hearth.  
    • There is nothing between the board and the hearth.
    • The insulation board does not need to be "mortared" to the unit even though the installation manual suggests this.  It doesn't hurt, but it isn't necessary.  The unit will not move.  If you are doing mobile catering applications, this suggestion doesn't apply.  You will want to immobilize unit so it doesn't shift when travelling.
    • The floor tile is then place with mortar, sairset or sand on the fiber board depending on your preference.  You can reference our knowledgebase "Pic - Install - Floor" for pictures and tips for this process.
    • Pic - Install - Floor - Support Center
  • Day One or Two
    • After the floor sets, you place the dome pieces.  
      • If you used sand, you do not need to wait a day for the floor to set.  If you used mortar or sairset, let the floor set one day.
      • Dome pieces are set front landing first.  Immediate right of landing second, immediate left of landing third than counterclockwise with the remainder.
      • Dome pieces should have a 1/16" to 1/2" gap between pieces with 1/4" being ideal.  This is for expansion and contraction.
  • Day Two or Three
    • Mortar the dome seams
    • Notice the mortar joint at the seam between the front casting and the second piece.  This joint is not "packed" but neatly mortared using our high temperature mortar sent with the kit.  Packing the joint may lead to cracking as the unit expands and contracts from heat.
    • Install Chimney Flue using mason screws
  • Insulation blanket is neatly shaped and pulled to the dome with lathe.  
    • The lathe is pleated at the top and screwed into the hearth with masonry screws at the bottom.  
    • Then the blanket is inserted inside the lathe and pulled tight.  Wire tires hold it in place for the next step.
  • Day three or four - after mortar seam cures one day
    • Stucco scratch and brown is the first layer, barely visible in the back right of the unit.  
    • Stucco is applied and the next day we "scratch" it smooth for the next step
  • Day four or five - After first stucco cures one day
    • Scratch the first coat if you want a smooth finish.  Recommended for tile applications or adding second stucco to assist in cosmetic paint.
    • Second coat is stucco marble base coat.  This is the white layer you see.  This isn't necessary if you plan on doing a decorative stone or brick enclosure, but if you plan on painting the stucco it is recommended.
  • Day five or six - After second stucco cures one day
    • Apply Sealkrete water proofer and allow two hours to dry
    • Paint after water proofer dries.
  • Final day - Apply glaze if you prefer

For step by step process and Bill of Materials for Stucco and paint process refer to knowledgebase "Exterior Patch Kit - Stucco - SKU RSRK"

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