wood-stove brick backstop

Old 12-20-07, 03:19 PM
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wood-stove brick backstop

My wood-stove has a 4' wide, floor to ceiling (8'), red brick wall behind it. Some of these bricks are partially covered with whitewash or something in order to give them a used look and add "character" (the house was built in 1971).
At first I thought it was efflorescence but it was there when I bought the house 3 years ago, hasn't changed, the grout (mortar) is not affected and there are no water issues with the wall.

Anybody know how I can clean this junk off without damaging the brick?

Old 12-20-07, 03:49 PM
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The white could have been applied post-kiln, in which case it could be removed. The chances of that being the case are slim to none, however. It is generally applied prior to burning and is a physical part of the brick.

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