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Looking For Fire Brick

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Hello all,

I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations about where to source firebricks around Chicago (I'm willing to travel). I've been keeping an eye on Craigslist but it seems the offerings right now begin and end with landscaping bricks. Peeking around construction sites is yielding pretty much the same results. If I'm not firing Stoneware would those be fine? Are there types of businesses, services people have had luck contacting to source brick?  

 

Any help / insight / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Refineries have "turn arounds" where they rebuild. They sometimes have used bricks from this.

Recycling places that tear down ships have bricks from ship boilers

Factories that manufacture metals may have discarded furnaces.

 

Just have to know what industries recycle. Rust belt may be picked over.

 

Marcia

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I was able to buy some (I think 3 dozen) soft fire brick from a brick yard

in Waukegan Il. It was the first place I stopped so they can't be too hard

to find. Have you tried the yellow pages, you know 'let your fingers do the

walking?'

 

good luck,

 

graybeard

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Thanks for the notes all. Seems like the best bet is to just call anyone and everyone that might deal with bricks.

 

I was able to buy some (I think 3 dozen) soft fire brick from a brick yard
in Waukegan Il. It was the first place I stopped so they can't be too hard
to find. Have you tried the yellow pages, you know 'let your fingers do the
walking?'

good luck,

graybeard

Good to know. I've got a list of suppliers to call but wanted to see if anyone knew of a better back channel before reaching out.

 

just google refractory bricks chicago

 

example :  http://www.yellowpages.com/chicago-il/refractory-brick-suppliers

I've been up and down Google, I was hoping to supplement those results with some insight from the community.

 

oh. I didn't know you were looking for new bricks. There are lots of refractory distributors in urban areas.
Marcia

Your initial read was correct Marcia, my preference would be to (hopefully) save a little money and re-purpose fire brick rather than buying new.

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