I finally jumped in. I am building a 42" Pompeii in Jacksonville Beach Florida as part of an outdoor kitchen. I have poured my slab, built the block stand, poured my slab across the blockstand as well as poured the 4" vermiculite insulation layer. This is absolutely insane, its addicting. I have scoured the forum and all of you do great work. I am a neophyte to brick work but it has been fun so far. I layed the floor this past weekend and now I am building my first ring of 1/2 soldiers. I downloaded the plans and have searched the forums and "borrowed" ideas from all of you. For my refractory mortar I chose to make my own. The place i purchased my firebrick gave me a recipe of 3 parts portland, 2 parts fireclay, 1 part sand. This differs from the downloaded plans which calls for lime. Question, am i okay with what the brickyard gave me as a recipe? I have a million other questions but they will have to wait. But i do have one more, the cladding that everyone adds around the exterior of firebrick, is that the 6/1 vermiculite mixture or is that refractory mortar. I promise to start posting pics. Thanks....Woodhead
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Woodheads WFO 42"