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  • fire brick hearth

    I have some bricks that are uneven on the hearth and was wondering if anyone knew what the best way to level/plane those down . That being said after reading this forum every night until my wife takes the mac out of my sleeping lap I feel certain that many of you know the remedy. I await your response and appreciate each of you.

    Wayne in Austin Texas

  • #2
    Re: fire brick hearth

    Use a belt sander - I bought the cheap belts at Lowes.

    Les...
    Check out my pictures here:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

    If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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    • #3
      Re: fire brick hearth

      thanks would a grinder with diamond cup work as well?

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      • #4
        Re: fire brick hearth

        I guess that depends on the skill level - I found that my grinder tends to go where it wants. The sander is easier for me to control.

        Les...
        Check out my pictures here:
        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

        If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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        • #5
          Re: fire brick hearth

          wrs
          Also depends on the size of the cup...small one will be very easy to dig in to the bricks...larger one would be easier to handle...but I would follow Les' recommendation...look at that beauty of an oven he built!!!
          Best
          Dutch
          "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. " Charles Mingus
          "Build at least two brick ovens...one to make all the mistakes on and the other to be just like you dreamed of!" Dutch

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          • #6
            Re: fire brick hearth

            Try a masonary grinding disc for your angle grinder rather than a diamond cutting blade, it shouldn't dig in so much and you should be able to operate it at a flatter angle.
            Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.

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            • #7
              Re: fire brick hearth

              Some people are more at home with a belt sander but for myself I prefer a "square face" on a sander/polisher. Unlike a round disc it's just about impossible to cut a "smile" using it and you end up with a really flat surface. Sand paper by the sheet is much cheaper than by the belt too with a larger selection of grits.

              Wiley

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              • #8
                Re: fire brick hearth

                Thanks again to all of you . This is an amazing site and knowing that this much experience is around made it so much easier to jump off the ledge and start this project. I am not sure how you have time to post pictures as you go but I will catch up in that area soon.

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                • #9
                  Re: fire brick hearth

                  Also, remember the factory surface of the firebrick is harder than the interior: I recommend only abrading the edges that actually are catching the peel, instead of trying to sand the whole floor.
                  My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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                  • #10
                    Re: fire brick hearth

                    I have a few bricks that are prouder than others.

                    Never got around to sanding them down. - with the herringbone pattern, I don't seem to have any issues with the peel catching any...

                    To me - I'd go with it and see if it becomes a problem before I'd fix it.

                    Christo
                    My oven progress -
                    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/c...cina-1227.html
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