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cass 06-11-2007 11:30 PM

Just starting out
Hi All,
Just preparing to build the oven, I am having trouble finding the supplies.
Does anyone know any suppliers and trade product names for the vermicululite and refractory cement, and clay bricks.
also what can use for the hearth stone?.
I am in the uk
Many thanks Cass :confused:

dmun 06-12-2007 10:00 AM

Re: Just starting out
Vermiculite (or perlite) are agricultural products. They are the fluffy stuff in potting soil. You buy it at a garden center. The stuff they sell for insulation is treated with silicone, and doesn't mix with the Portland Cement well.

There are various refractory mortars. I don't know the UK brand names, but the brickyard where you buy your firebricks will recommend something You want a dry mix, not wet stuff in tubs.

You use low duty firebricks for both the floor and the dome of the oven. They are available from any brickyard or building materials supplier. They are said to be expensive in the UK, it may pay to shop around.

Best of luck, maybe someone will chime in with UK specific info.

cass 06-12-2007 10:55 AM

Re: Just starting out
Thanks for your help
Couls do with some UK input as well
Can,t do much at moment as we are having a traditional English summer (whistling down!! with rain)

james 06-13-2007 09:42 AM

Re: Just starting out
Hey Cass,

Let us know what you learn. We are finding that it is good having pockets on knowledge on where to find things and how much they cost. It works in various parts of the states, Australian, NZ, etc.

Also, use the Forum search button to look for postings that contain England and UK. There are some postings from other Brit builders on what they found, where they found it, etc.

Good luck with English summer. BBQ'ing in the rain. :-)

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