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  • fireclay help

    I need help for the mortar because I cannot find fire clay in my country. Is there other alternative for the mortar?
    i know that old ovens were build using lime but dont know the mix

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    Re: fireclay help

    It's been discussed, but I don't know if it's been done.


    Have you tried pottery suppliers? Refractory suppliers? Fireclay isn't a rare substance.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


    • #3
      Re: fireclay help

      when building my Pompeii, I used the poor man's mortar which worked a treat.
      When covering the superwool insulation with vermiculite cement, I added some fireclay which made the mix easier to work as it became much stickier.
      I would (in your current situation) use the poor man's mix but leave out the fireclay. It may not be quite as good but there are a lot of houses built with this mix (cement and lime) that are still standing 60 - 100 years later.


      Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

      The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

      Neillís Pompeiii #1
      Neillís kitchen underway