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Looking for fire brick, anyone know where I can find cheap brick?   Not wanting to spend a ton of $$$$ due to the fact I'm still in the testing mode of this new oven and thinking brick may be my answer for more even heat

I hate to sound like a newbie but pizza ovens are new to me, outdoor cookers are not so any help would be great

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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2015, 10:17:14 PM »
I've never seen fire brick at a big box store. Try Craigslist or your local paper. How much is firebrick in your area?
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2015, 10:23:08 PM »
I've never seen fire brick at a big box store. Try Craigslist or your local paper. How much is firebrick in your area?
?? No idea, could I use plain brick?   The pizza stone would sit on t op of them so no worries about cooking on them direct

Just want to spread the heat out and retain as much as I can
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2015, 11:13:57 PM »
You can make your own firebrick if you are interested.  Fire brick is expensive.   Making it is easy, but takes time.  You mix clay and sawdust, mold it in the shape and size you want and put it in a wood stove or fire.  The sawdust burns away and leaves pores in the brick.  My guess is you can find a YouTube demo.

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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2015, 12:01:43 AM »
No local masonry supply store? I picked up a few fire bricks and splits at a local shop. Charged me by the brick.

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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2015, 07:28:09 AM »
No local masonry supply store? I picked up a few fire bricks and splits at a local shop. Charged me by the brick.

+1  - I found some at East Mississippi Lumber Company in Starkville. You just need to call around a bit. You may want to test your stove to see what temperatures you get before you invest in hearth material.

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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2015, 08:42:19 AM »
TMB,

You could just Google firebrick for you area.  This was just one search.  http://www.yellowpages.com/birmingham-al/fire-brick Firebrick really aren't expensive but even the splits are heavy.

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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2015, 10:48:06 AM »
TMB,

You could just Google firebrick for you area.  This was just one search.  http://www.yellowpages.com/birmingham-al/fire-brick Firebrick really aren't expensive but even the splits are heavy.

Norma
I will, just was wondering if anyone bought bricks at large stores and had any luck
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2015, 11:22:09 AM »
Yes.

The HD link says 'unbranded' but the ones I've got in my brick oven floor had a part number that mirrored the Whitacre-Greer brick that I'd previously bought (more expensively) at a local masonry supplier. My floor is great. :)

The regional supplier for a given HD may vary; since shipping is such a large part of the cost, they buy whatever's made nearby. W-G is big in the northeast, so that's mostly what I find here regardless of the vendor.
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2015, 11:28:41 AM »
TMB,

I am curious what you want kind of oven you want to use the firebricks for.  I saw you posted about a rocket stove oven and also using infrared cookers for pizzas.

The reason I asked is because I used split firebricks for the bottom hearth and split firebricks in a steel pan to use as the top of the oven to make pizzas for awhile before the BS was purchased.  Only limited sized pizzas could be made with that mod for the grill though.

In my opinion the BS does work really well for almost any style of pizza.

Norma

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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2015, 11:46:19 AM »
TMB,

I am curious what you want kind of oven you want to use the firebricks for.  I saw you posted about a rocket stove oven and also using infrared cookers for pizzas.

The reason I asked is because I used split firebricks for the bottom hearth and split firebricks in a steel pan to use as the top of the oven to make pizzas for awhile before the BS was purchased.  Only limited sized pizzas could be made with that mod for the grill though.

In my opinion the BS does work really well for almost any style of pizza.

Norma
My idea is this, place the fire brick above the rocket stove 3 in's so the heat will distribute evenly.. Then have a pizza stone sit on the fire brick while I have an 11 gauge disc as the top to retain any heat from above.  The sides will let some heat rise around the brick and make it to the chamber so as not to kill the crust and have the top of the pizza be raw.

If it works the way I'm hoping then I'm in pizza heaven but if not back to the drawing board for ideas.   I think the idea is sound just never used brick for cooking and don't really have a grasp on heat distribution yet but I'm learning and that's half the fun.

I love making my own cooking gear and this is one of my tough ones because of the fire brick and not knowing.

I have found brick here and hope to have it Saturday, will post the build as I go.  The brick is 1.40 per block not bad I think

Thanks for all the info so far   

 
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2015, 07:33:45 PM »
I have purchased fire bricks locally at a landscape supplier of dirt, rocks, stone, brick etc. There are several near me and I do not live in a really big town. Look for landscape supplies.

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Talking with my boss at work and found out he has a whole pallet at his house and wants them gone  ;D

So heading out there this weekend to get them I hope. 

Thanks all for the info
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2015, 10:20:46 AM »
How hot do you plan on baking?
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2015, 10:26:23 AM »
How hot do you plan on baking?
I hope 600 to 700  but have not tested the stove yet for air flow.  This build is a learning curve for me ;D

I'm in the works now building air flow vents so I can keep the temp within that range.

 Do you have another idea??   I'm open for idea's at this point
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2015, 10:40:39 AM »
Here is a crude drawing of the oven, will make a better one when I can.  This gives you  an idea anyway of what I want to do.

ANY ideas welcome ;)  This is a no holds bar build
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Re: Fire brick, where can a person find any? Lowes, Home-Depot, Ect????
« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2015, 10:49:51 AM »
I hope 600 to 700  but have not tested the stove yet for air flow.  This build is a learning curve for me ;D

I'm in the works now building air flow vents so I can keep the temp within that range.

 Do you have another idea??   I'm open for idea's at this point

For regular fire bricks, I don't think you want to go much hotter than that, or they may prove to be too conductive.
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