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Old 03-28-2008, 03:27 PM
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Hi All

Just Started building my brick oven -went for Engineering grade B bricks for most of it (22p each) but just picked up the fire bricks for the oven base from handforth refectories (£2 each inc). Just had a few questions:

-wondered if anyone knew a good source for vermiculite/perlite (in the North west of the UK)
-I have a spare roll of loft insulation knocking about, is a safe use for it in insulating the oven (instead of/as well as vermiculite.
-wondered if anyone had any recipes for more heat resistant mortar mix (using ingredient available from B&Q etc or clay - I have very clayey soil).

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Old 03-28-2008, 03:58 PM
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For vermiculite I looked round a lot of builders merchants, and the cheapest was Travis Perkins at just over £7 for a 100 litre sack. A couple of others were around the £10 mark, so shop around! The brand name I ended up with was 'Silvaperl' - you'll also find 'Micafil' at some places. Be careful not to get the silcone coated stuff (I didn't find any, but was warned) as it doesn't work well in vermiculite concrete...
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:44 AM
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Cheers Carl
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:55 AM
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I plan on buying the 1000 bricks on ebay and am happy to share them out because I won't need them all. Let me know if you are interested. I may be able to drop off on route from Derbyshire to Salisbury.
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Old 04-15-2008, 05:10 AM
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Dear AMNAP,

I would be interested in some of the bricks. I would like to line my entire oven in refractory bricks, so ideally I would like 110 bricks if available. Failing this I would like to at least line the base of my oven in fire bricks so I would like a minimum of 60.

Iím in East Sussex, just east of Lewes, so not really on route from Derbyshire to Salisbury. Please let me know what you have available and a cost, and I can then try to arrange transport etc.

Many thanks

Fig.

PS I bet our hosts canít believe what we have to pay for a fire brick in the UK, £2 to £3 each, approximately $3.95 to $5.90 each on todayís exchange rates!!
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:54 PM
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Ive got some bricks left over. If anyone is interested then please PM me. I don't check the email every day so please be patient with me...

Some will be available in Yorkshire if there are any Northern builders around.
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:50 PM
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Martin,

How would you like to about this. I know you have enough bricks for a number of ovens.

Can you let us know where you are located, how much they will cost, and if you have ideas on how to ship them around the region. Also, let us know when you find homes for them and how many are left at various times.

This is a very good opportunity for our UK builders, and we want to help make sure it works out.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:10 PM
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Hi James,

Many thanks. I have now arranged the bricks to be shipped to S.Yorkshire and Salisbury (i.e. North of England and Southern England). They have arrived, but I don't yet have numbers on how many good bricks I have. I think its around 800. The damaged bricks have been put to one side and are available free of charge to buyers (I understand we can crush these and use them as fireclay?).

I picked up some history too. The bricks were bought from a local manufacturer in the late 90s who had stopped producing them. They were bought to reline an aluminium smelting furnace. Company policy stopped the company from running the furnace and it is now a scrapyard. The old furnace bricks were all smashed up and used as hardcore in the yard (which I saw). The new bricks were all stored separately in the yard and look good except for the odd bit of algae/dirt which will wash off. Most of them are building brick size, but there are a few which are the thickness of block pavers. He also had 100 used bricks from the old furnace, but I left these because I wasn't interested in used bricks (they were stained and a different colour) because they contain all sorts of chemicals. I hope to be able to get you quantities, sizes and photos tomorrow. Shipping will be down to the individual but I am happy to help as far as I can.

The bricks weighed over 4 tonne so cost me quite a lot of money to transport. I would be looking at 80p-£1 each to cover my costs (accounting for transport and damaged bricks). If anyone wants any, then please PM me. The cheapest I could find them for was £1.60 + VAT + £35 shipping.

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Old 04-18-2008, 02:04 PM
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Thanks Martin,

I want to note that Martin went out on a limb and bought these, so let's keep this thread alive until he's sold them all -- and he can clean out his side garden!

I think we have all the details listed here, but to reiterated. We have about 600-650 good quality, new firebricks (enough for about 4 more ovens) available in Salisbury for pickup (or delivery if you can work it out) for 80p-£1/each. This is a very good price, and it just covers Martin's cost (not to mention his time and energy).

Sounds like four ovens just waiting to be built.

James
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:02 PM
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James,

Many thanks for your support.

1/2 the bricks are in Doncaster and 1/2 in Salisbury which I positioned intentionally to assist my fellow oven builders in the North of England. I have 4 weeks to get rid of them in Doncaster, otherwise my sister will disown me. I will post photos soon, after I have pressure washed them to get them all sparkly.

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