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Old 03-27-2010, 12:26 PM
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I used normal off the shelf mortar (albeit the "high strength" variety), and mixed in 20% fireclay. It worked perfectly. Basically I was assuming that the bag mortar represented the other ingredients in the recipe and I added the fireclay in the appropriate amount. As far as I can tell from the way the mortar worked, its strength, and fire durability, that assumption was true.

It might be a tiny bit more expensive, but far more convenient.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:35 PM
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Scott, have you found the high strength mortar (e.g., type S) mixed with 20% fireclay to still be a good solution? Has it held up? I was reading a thread on this and people suggested against this due to the sand size in the mix being too large.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:33 AM
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Any suggestions on where to get angle iron in the Portland area (preferably westside)? I haven't found 6' lengths of 2"x2"x3/8", as specified in the Block Stand instructions, at Home Depot or the local hardware store.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:27 PM
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Mutual materials will have angle iron, but it is 3"x4" cut to whatever length you need. I know the Depot in Sherwood has the 2" angle iron, I just looked at it a couple hours ago (shook my head at how much money they want for it) and I have seen 2" angle at the depot in Tigard also.

I use a 25% mix of fire clay mixed with type S mortar. It does take more skill and proficiency to work with than pre-mixed but it will last.
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:52 AM
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Bed rails are a good source of angle iron. Look on craigslist for one of those mattress stands. Another option is to use a little more rebar in the front of your support slab, and forgo that useless row of blocks entirely. You'll have more access to your wood storage that way.
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:48 AM
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Bed rails!!! Why didn't I think of that!! That is a great idea and it would have helped clean out my shed!

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Old 09-16-2010, 09:58 AM
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"Bed rails are a good source of angle iron."

Check your local landfill/dump. Recycle, reuse ! (and it's free).

"Another option is to use a little more rebar in the front of your support slab, and forgo that useless row of blocks entirely. "

I agree with dmun. Throw in a couple of extra 1/2 inch rebar in the front edge of your suspended slab . Make sure the ends of these rebar are angled back or down 12 inches or so to provide anchorage.

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Old 09-21-2010, 07:47 AM
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Thanks for the great suggestions! I think I"ll go with dmun's idea and skip that row of blocks and get a larger opening.
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