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Old 12-16-2014, 01:13 PM   #21
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Dave, I think you're dead on. When our HVAC went out at the coldest part of winter a few years ago (nighttime high 30s), I used natural gas and fake logs in the fireplace for a couple days straight. I guess that's what caused the damage. I didn't think natural gas would get as hot as an oak fire. Still, I thought the firebox should be able to handle it. And you are right about the construction, this is a development built in 77-80. Production mode was obviously the rule of the day back then.
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Those bricks were used widely in San Diego county maybe 40 years ago. As far as I know they are not produced anymore.

Rather than a place like Thompsons, your best bet at finding any would be at a "mom and pop" type brickyard who just might still have some, you'd need to call around.

The thing is though that those bricks were used in some real rushed construction back in the 70's. Bricklayers around here still sometimes brag about building a fireplace in one day! Believe me - nothing to brag about. They were very small, firebrick sometimes stack bond, with "form damper" a steel damper designed basically for bricklayers who don't know how to build a proper smoke chamber.

Many of these fireplaces did not draw well as they also had very small flues as I can see yours does, and the shape of the base reveals what I'm saying about a small firebox with no smoke chamber.

So I would recommend you first look into why the bricks overheated and fell apart before covering the damage up with stucco or veneer. Best of luck

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Dave, I think you're dead on. When our HVAC went out at the coldest part of winter a few years ago (nighttime high 30s), I used natural gas and fake logs in the fireplace for a couple days straight. I guess that's what caused the damage. I didn't think natural gas would get as hot as an oak fire. Still, I thought the firebox should be able to handle it. And you are right about the construction, this is a development built in 77-80. Production mode was obviously the rule of the day back then.
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yuor bricks are in the san diego craigslist
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they have some awesome stone in cali. very rugged place. think yosemite
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Imeier,
Did you ever find this brick?
I recalled reading this thread last December and just submitted a bid for removing a chimney/fireplace with the same vertical (combed) scored brick you indicated. I did not measure the brick, but appears very close in size and color. House was built '78.

If I get the job, you can have the brick.

Location is Rancho Cucamonga. Let me know.
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i know this is an old thread but here is a brick from Kansas Brick and Tile.
Looks very simular.
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