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Old 03-13-2013, 09:37 PM
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Default Mortar not sticky

I made home brew with fire clay from my cuttings. It did not stick to the bricks at all. If I buy fire clay will it be stickier.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:07 PM
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I had problems with the home brew not sticking well until I got it real wet, then it seemed to work a lot better. I'm sure the pros on the forum will be able to go into more detail. I encourage you to mix up a small batch and give it plenty of water to see if you still have the same problem.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:10 AM
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"Clay" from your cuttings is not "clay". Rather, it is just very small pieces of fired refractry which has already been vitrified. (i.e. changed on a molecular level...I think).

In any event...it's no longer clay, and I'm sure has different binding properties than clay. I found homebrew mortar to be extremely sticky. To the point that I could place a motared brick against another at relatively close to vertical...hold it in place for a few seconds...and it would hold.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:08 AM
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To the point that I could place a motared brick against another
I was half expecting you to say attract it magnet like.....
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