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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

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  • Too dirty?

    The previous owners of the house I am about to buy have used hundreds of fire bricks as pavers for paths. They have been in the ground for 7-10 years. Can they be cleaned up and used in an oven? Any recommendations on how to clean them?

  • #2
    Re: Too dirty?

    Wash and scrub and then dry them. Are they really firebricks?

    Chirs

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    • #3
      Re: Too dirty?

      they are probably red clay bricks, not fire bricks.

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      • #4
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        Jeep, That's my bet too.. But just in case..

        Chris

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        • #5
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          Pictures, we need pictures.
          The English language was invented by people who couldnt spell.

          My Build.

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          • #6
            Re: Too dirty?

            Easiest way to clean any "dirty" bricks is with a pressure washer with a wide adjustable p]spray rather than a pencil jett them drain and then mortar them into place.

            Neill
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            • #7
              Re: Too dirty?

              Definitely firebricks, yellow with clean, sharp edges. Tough too, a 1000lb limb from a locust fell and drove several 2-3 feet into the ground, I haven't found any broken pieces yet..
              I am trying to attach a picture now... Here goes.

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              • #8
                Re: Too dirty?

                if you already have a pizza oven, cook them!
                The high heat will clean them nicely. Make sure they are dry.

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                • #9
                  Re: Too dirty?

                  You don't need an oven, just build them into a very loose pile and build a fire on top of them.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Too dirty?

                    Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
                    You don't need an oven, just build them into a very loose pile and build a fire on top of them.
                    Thanks! Great idea. Don't have an oven yet, but I do have a couple of campfire rings, and can make a makeshift fire pit or kiln-like structure...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Too dirty?

                      Here (finally) is a picture- dug 400 or so of them out of the garden paths. Can anyone tell by looking what type of firebrick these are?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Too dirty?

                        you could weigh them and then measure the dimensions to calculate the density.

                        After you know that, here is a good reference that could help:

                        Firebricks are actually fire clay bricks. Thermal conductivity. Cutting with diamond wheel.

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