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dbhansen 10-14-2008 08:56 AM

What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
Any thoughts on what to do with the piles of chopped-up firebrick I have left over from my oven build? And the fireclay? I hate to throw it all in the landfill, but I can't imagine what else can be done with it. It's mostly small triangle- or wedge-shaped bits, and a few buckets of brick powder from the cutting process, all taking up room in my garage....

jengineer 10-14-2008 12:14 PM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
Yep you posted in the right area. Put a call out to other builders in the area. Oh, I think you are the only one. Got any plans for other projects? If you are pouring concrete anywhere else you can use the stuff as filler. When my dad needed ot make some steps to an addition of the house he put in all sorts of stuff so that less concrete would be needed. I think he called it disparative binders.

In my hood we have 3 cans one for green waste one for grey waste and one for recycling. The haulers had about 10 community meetings last year to define what recycling is. Paper, wood, building material. OHH AHH BABY. Jackpot!

Les 10-14-2008 12:44 PM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dbhansen (Post 42727)
I hate to throw it all in the landfill.

Toss it who knows what it might morph into after a few million years, under pressure, mixed with egg shells and potato peels.

Ken524 10-14-2008 12:56 PM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Les (Post 42738)
Toss it who knows what it might morph into after a few million years, under pressure, mixed with egg shells and potato peels.

Compost! (but be REALLY patient) ;)

I dumped my fireclay in the woods and pitched the scrap bricks in the garbage (a little each week so it wouldn't break the poor garbage man's back).

I couldn't think of anything to do with them.

dbhansen 10-14-2008 01:43 PM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ken524 (Post 42740)
(a little each week so it wouldn't break the poor garbage man's back)

That's what I was thinking! This could take a while....

brokencookie 10-14-2008 04:36 PM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
Maybe someone on the forum can take it off your hands. I was the happy inheiritor of George's leftovers.

Modthyrth 10-14-2008 07:35 PM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
I'm going to use mine to cobble together my daughter's miniature pizza oven. She'll only bake mud pizzas in it, but she still wants it to look as much like mine as possible.

Frances 10-16-2008 01:51 AM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
A bit off topic here, but your comment reminded me, Nikki: my kids currently build pizza ovens out of whatever they have to hand.

Building blocks, play dough, stones, lego, an upturned bowl in the dolls house... no game is ever complete without a pizza oven. :cool:

I can't think of anything you could do with your leftovers either, although it seems a pity to throw them out.

mfiore 10-16-2008 05:54 AM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dbhansen (Post 42742)
Originally Posted by Ken524
(a little each week so it wouldn't break the poor garbage man's back)

That's what I was thinking! This could take a while....

Sort of like the Shawshank Redemption. Just a little at a time (I guess you had to have seen the movie!)

dbhansen 10-16-2008 08:54 AM

Re: What to do with leftover bits of brick?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mfiore (Post 42887)
Sort of like the Shawshank Redemption. Just a little at a time (I guess you had to have seen the movie!)

I did - great analogy! :D


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