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Refractory bricks, an adjective, "refractory", which is usually not a good business card when placed next to a person, but if we are talking about bricks, it is a completely different sound. This abundance of "r" in the case of Refractory bricks it means that they resist more than others, to high temperatures, and more.
Refractory bricks: what it is
THE refractory bricks they are those that boast the ability to withstand very high temperatures, and by very high I also mean a thousand degrees centigrade. It is not over: the great usefulness of these building elements is also based on the fact that they are capable of withstand high thermal shocks and they do not show any failure, they do not allow themselves to be deformed or even to crack.
Made using clay with a high percentage of silica and alumina, i Refractory bricks in addition to being thermally resistant, they are also resistant from a mechanical point of view and they owe it to the fact that the materials that compose them have a compact and thin grain.
Refractory bricks for wood oven
One of the most frequent applications of Refractory bricks, and of the tastiest for what is produced in what is produced with them, and that of wood-burning ovens. Due to their special and exemplary existence at high temperatures, these bricks are perfect for building or lining the interiors of fireplaces, ovens, barbecues, stoves, flues and boilers.
Why not a wood-burning oven for pizza? To bake bread and focaccia? These bricks they are perfect in this case both for windowsills and for the fire bed, in the case of the wood oven, but nothing prevents them from then extending their application to all surfaces that we think can be directly exposed to fire and at high temperatures.
Refractory bricks: manufacturers
There are numerous manufacturers of Refractory bricks and just take a look online to get an idea of the great choice we have. There are very interesting sites rich not only in accurate product descriptions but also in "side" information for DIY enthusiasts who meet Refractory bricks in their process and want to use them to the fullest. Even beginners will find theABC wood ovens or covering with Refractory bricks.
Furthermore, depending on the manufacturer, the cooking method and the composition of the bricks, so I advise you not to stop at the first site that seems nice and well done. The types of refractory products are so different that it is better to sift through different sizes, shapes, resistances and colors before choosing which ones to buy.
Refractory bricks: dimensions
Both the size as well as the colors, they depend on the producers, but then we choose them, partly based on our aesthetic taste, partly by evaluating the work we are carrying out and the surrounding conditions. The environment in which we will have to insert them must be studied and from it, understand the optimal dimensions. But let's not forget the shapes: there is not only the classic parallelepiped but the options are embarrassing. There is the wedge one, or there are i Refractory bricks with strips and even others in a “vintage” version, also called antiqued.
White refractory bricks
The brick color of these bricks, called refractory, it is not necessarily what should appear, because there are also white ones, excellent for being visible, for example, leaving a bright and "clean" environment. The laying of these resistant bricks does not differ much from that of the classic counterparts, one of the few precautions to be taken into account is the choice of binder that also acts as plaster.
To "do things well" as well as "do it yourself", a binder must be chosen that is of refractory material just consistent with the bricks we have chosen, this means that it must be composed of elements such as aluminum oxide and silicon oxide and have a very low content of iron oxide.
Refractory bricks: price
With all the properties and choices heralded so far, one can imagine who knows what price for these Refractory bricks, and instead it is rather contained. Also on the economic side these bricks surprise us positively because they cost less than one euro each, on average, this if we buy them for example in a normal shop that deals with building materials but also if we prefer to knock on the door of those who are indicated as specific resellers for flue products.
To calculate the total, considering dimensions of refractory bricks, about 20 bricks per square meter should be considered. Other places to search Refractory bricks they are specialized DIY stores, building warehouses or retailers of items for fireplaces and stoves. If you want, but I cannot guarantee a positive outcome, you can try it in hardware stores, in any case it is worthwhile once found the refractory bricks, also buy the refractory binder.
Refractory bricks: mastic for maintenance
Made the purchase, "investment", in Refractory bricks, it is advisable to put ourselves in a position to achieve what we want and to keep it in the best possible way so that it lasts as long as possible. Sure, i Refractory bricks they are resistant almost by definition, but better get a mastic for maintenance.
This is not an investment either, because with less than 10 euros online you can get it a pack of this product of 310 ML with excellent adhesion to cast iron, concrete and refractory bricks, and a resistance to temperatures of up to 1500 ° C. Moreover it is recommended for seal flues.
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