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daniel5455 10-03-2008 08:04 PM

1311 Refractory motar formula
I am using is 1 part Lime, 1 Part Portland, 1 part fireclay and 3 parts sand.

Is it normal for this not to dry fast. I put up a few courses two days ago and the mortal is still not dry.

any suggestions.

Les 10-03-2008 09:18 PM

Re: 1311 Refractory motar formula
It's the right mix - how wet are you mixing it. I live in an area that has low humidity, by the next day it was pretty much done. I see you live in a humid area so it may take a little while longer to "dry". What exactly is the concern? If you can keep stacking brick - I don't see a problem.


Mojoe 10-04-2008 04:09 AM

Re: 1311 Refractory motar formula
Sounds like you may have used too much water, cooler fall temperatures will also retard set times alittle. I laid up some regular brick and mortar last Saturday and it was hard on Monday.

daniel5455 10-04-2008 07:28 AM

Re: 1311 Refractory motar formula
i just wanted to make sure that it will cure properly. Also for the arch i am using regular motar cause the 1311 was just not working i had to do the arch 3 times. Is using regular mortar for the arch bad?

Dutchoven 10-04-2008 04:03 PM

Re: 1311 Refractory motar formula
If it is the doorway arch as part of the oven dome it is really not a good idea to use a mortar with no fireclay as those bricks will get hot...if it is the outer archway you could do it in regular and by regular I mean type N which is equal parts portland cement and lime to about 6 parts sand...those brick will still get hot so it would still be recommended to use the same fireclay mix...important to keep in mind that the fireclay in the refractory mortar really does not harden until it is fired really hot...

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