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i desperately tried to get the right advice for the soapstone. I ended up putting them under the fire brick and then put splits on top of the fire brick. I
When I read this I died a little inside...
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Thanks Chris, that is my fear. I guess I will reserve it just for the floor of the oven. Thanks for the reply.
I would give my right...well lets just say I would love to get a bunch of soapstone bricks to build a dome or vault someday.

What Chris says is true, soapstone is non-porous but it is still absorbent. You can absolutely build a dome or vault with soapstone bricks. You could rough up the contact points to help the mechanical bond of the mortar too.

When I lived in CT, my next door neighbor happened to be one of the foremost builders of masonry heaters in the US, and he primarily used soapstone..I wish I could just post a link. Hint - I lived in Goshen,CT. It is a very versatile stone....I hope you go for it...the inside would look stunning!
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