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Unread 08-12-2010, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Solid Red Clay as good as Firebrick

Hello all,

I am new to this forum but not new to good old Carolina BBQ! I am planning on building a brick smoker and am having trouble determining what I should line my firebox with. I am building one similar to the one here at this website http://www.instructables.com/id/Bric...-a-steel-drum/ I am sure many of you have seen this already.

On the one hand, firebrick makes sense, but it is really expensive. On the other hand I have seen and read that solid red clay brick will work in a firebox without cracking since solid clay is heated by a kiln anyway. Since I very little masonry background I was hoping someone on here could weigh in on this. To be honest I am hoping the solid red clay brick will work since it will save me a ton of cash! What do you all think!? Thanks

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Probably depends on how high the clay was fired. Its got to take real high heat. Try it. All you have to lose is...........
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Hmmmmm, well its the solid red brick from Lowes, I don't think it gives me the temp it was heated to. BTW, I love Lincoln, NE!! I did the AP readings at the college during the summer and had a blast there!
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I would buy a few of these red clay bricks and "torture" them. I use a clay saucer as a diffuser in one of my bubba kegs. So far so good...
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If you are going to all the trouble and work to build something, why not just do it right? Better than doin it twice. Just my .02
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If you are going to all the trouble and work to build something, why not just do it right? Better than doin it twice. Just my .02
that being said.... how'd the natives build "ovens" before firebrick??? hmmm that also being said, i dont think the stuff they sell at homedepot is the same clay that was used to build those..
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look up a brick yard in your area or phone booth and see if they have seconds in firebrick
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Excellent. I found a place that only sells firebrick for .30 more than the red stuff, so that makes it more manageable! All the other quotes I was getting as about $1-1.50 more than the red stuff. Enough my yapping, I gotta start getting things ready! Thanks a ton!
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that being said.... how'd the natives build "ovens" before firebrick??? hmmm that also being said, i dont think the stuff they sell at homedepot is the same clay that was used to build those..
I googled "adobe oven" and this was the first hit. Very cool!
http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyar...0400000012056/
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Hmmmm...that is quite interesting. I liked one of the comments about how they essentially used topsoil instead of clay to make their oven, it collapsed. I saw one of those when I was in Napa Valley for a wedding though, it made the best pizza I've ever had!
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You got me thinking about putting a layer of potter's clay on the bottom of my Bandera's firebox. What's the worst that can happen? It cracks. BFD.
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True, it could crack, but at the same time, I wonder what it would take to make it explode. I feel an experiment coming on!
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that being said.... how'd the natives build "ovens" before firebrick??? hmmm
See, now he is going to do it right!
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I wouldn't think it would exploed but it could crack , but if it did you have't lost a lot.
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BTW you can buy stuff that is castable ,it pours like cement .
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