burning enlcosure

Old 12-31-12, 02:55 AM
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burning enlcosure

I am still allowed to burn outside (no garbage!) and would like to build a brick enclosure (3 sides) for my burnables. I presently have a 3-walled structure made of cinder blocks but after awhile they begin to break from the heat. Could I use red clay bricks from Home Depot as the inside walls and then some sort of stone or block for the outside? I think the red bricks would last longer.

Old 12-31-12, 08:47 AM
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You'd be better off to use fire bricks for the liner. Not sure if HD carries them, but I know other big box stores do in my area. Your nearest brick supply place should also have them. The inside faces of most "real" fireplaces use them. They are usually an off-white, almost creamy color, and are quite expensive compared to standard building bricks. Special high-temp mortar is also required.

If it were me, I'd fabricate something out of heavy rebar and be done with it. Or even pick up a used, steel 55-gal. barrel and drill some holes in it (closer together near the bottom, for combustion air intake). A layer of fire brick on the bottom would keep it from burning through, although you'd need a way to cut them to match the circular shape.

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