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  • Where to buy perlite?


    I am getting ready to start building... I've stopped by Lowe's and Home Depot asking about perlite and they don't sell it in the bulk I need. Where should I be looking?



  • #2
    Re: Where to buy perlite?

    Hi Joe,

    I found mine at a local nursery in 3.5 cu ft bags at around $23 per bag. I found same size bag at building supply for $9 per bag but it was like a powder instead of like pellets. i used the combo in my mix.


    • #3
      Re: Where to buy perlite?

      Swimming pool suppliers have it too.
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      • #4
        Re: Where to buy perlite?

        If you are looking for loose fill, I bought Harborlite Perlite in 4 cu/ft bags for $10 in south Austin, but it is very fine.

        If you are wanting for Perlcrete mix, then I bought 4 cu/ft bags of vermiculite at a nursery on Thousand Oaks in N. San Antonio.

        Every pool supply store I went to just gave me blank empty stares.

        PS: If you go the HeatStop route there is a very cheap supplier just south of San Antonio.
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        • #5
          Re: Where to buy perlite?

          I bought my perlite from a masonry supply business where it is commonly used to insulate fireplaces and such.



          • #6
            Re: Where to buy perlite?

            Masonry supply or horticulture supply.
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            • #7
              Re: Where to buy perlite?

              Thanks to all for your help and recommendations!



              • #8
                Re: Where to buy perlite?

                I got mine from the local masonry supply company (michigan)
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                • #9
                  Re: Where to buy perlite?

                  I bought some from Hometown perlite (website of the same name)....Though I am not sure I got the right stuff.. It was the the fine "industrial" grade, for concrete mixes, and not the loose fill...will that work to mix with refractory cement?



                  • #10
                    Re: Where to buy perlite?

                    If I want to use vermiculite as an insulating concrete on top of my FB insulation, which type should I get? Can you tell me the name of the nursery near Thousand Oaks in SA, TX if they have the right product or where else in SA I might be able to find it? Thanks!


                    • #11
                      Re: Where to buy perlite?

                      Home Depot is where I got it.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Where to buy perlite?

                        Masonry supply houses, wholesale gardening houses, or pool supply companies are your best bet. The box stores or retail garden centers may have it, but they will charge 5-10 times the price it is worth.


                        • #13
                          Re: Where to buy perlite?

                          Like Tscar says, just go to a masonry or block supplier, perlite is used to fill cores of CMUs.
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