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Old 02-16-2018, 05:28 PM   #21
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Have you tried to make your own out of castcrete?
it actually works out to be more expensive... castable refractory is pretty pricey around here... plus, add in the cost of making forms etc.
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:31 PM   #22
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I'm working from memory, but I recall the older smoke chambers being built with firebrick with a bevel ripped in them rather than parging. I'm surprised that this new method is cost equivalent. Those slabs must be really expensive.

Also, the old ones (I think) were bonded at all four corners. New ones are not. Does that bother you? It wouldn't me, just asking.
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I'm working from memory, but I recall the older smoke chambers being built with firebrick with a bevel ripped in them rather than parging. I'm surprised that this new method is cost equivalent. Those slabs must be really expensive.

Also, the old ones (I think) were bonded at all four corners. New ones are not. Does that bother you? It wouldn't me, just asking.
The 12 x 24 refractory slabs cost us $41 (taxes in)... the equivalent firebrick coverage would be around $33. Add in cutting and more install time and i figure we're at least equivalent if not a bit ahead of the game. From a 'morale' perspective, it's nice to see the smoke chamber install move along more quickly using the slabs.

I'd certainly prefer to see the corners bonded, but it doesn't really bother me that they're not. I find it more bothersome that we aren't able to bond the back corners of the fireboxes for the full height.

As an aside, there are some masons I know of who simply use regular concrete patio slabs to build their smoke chambers although thankfully, local building inspectors have caught on to that trick.
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I'm lucky to have a well heeled clientele to work for, and some imaginative architects and designers as well. I suspect, rather KNOW, there are an great many masons in our area alone who simply don't post any of their work on the internet. A lot of top quality work out there that we simply don't get to see.

Having said that though, I really enjoy spending time on Instagram checking out what masons around the world are doing... some pretty incredible work being done out there...
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Just need a massive 12'6" by 7" thick hearth (which we'll source out once the snow melts...) and this baby will be complete.
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Excellent work! Thatís a true masterpiece


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Bytor, your work is always so impeccable. The corners always look like they were etched with a laser. This one has kind of an aztec/mayan feel to it, really cool stuff
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I agree. Super nice. I really like the red firebox with the granite.

Sawn bed material? What rise heights? I see three.

An idea I've had, feel free to borrow. Use a v joint on this type of work. Accentuate shadow lines with minimal effort if you know what I mean. Never done it myself, just a pending idea in the back of my mind.
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I agree. Super nice. I really like the red firebox with the granite.

Sawn bed material? What rise heights? I see three.

An idea I've had, feel free to borrow. Use a v joint on this type of work. Accentuate shadow lines with minimal effort if you know what I mean. Never done it myself, just a pending idea in the back of my mind.
Sawn bed at 3, 4 7-3/8"... certainly a lot of this type of sawn material making it's way onto the scene in our area.

The v-joint could be a nice touch... will definitely give it a try.
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Another fireplace we're working on on the same job-site... different end of the house so you can't view the two contrasting fireplaces at the same time. This one is definitely a more 'natural' look.
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Thanks for this thread Bytor. It's humbling, to be honest, seeing the attention to detail you bring to your work.

I've got high end clients too but I don't think I could get paid enough to go to the lengths you do should I somehow find the skill to do so.

I frequently do a firebox with herringbone back and running bond on the sides. I like it because unless you are doing a straight back design the bond transition from back to sides shifts as you come forward and can look weird with herringbone all around.

I don't think i could do a straight joint across the back though. I can see that it allows you to lay it with the precision you put into all you do. Me, I just "curve" them around gently, building it high enough so most of the noticeable lips are up and out of sight

I like the second fireplace the best. It's a little more modest, maybe like me I guess
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Beautiful workmanship !
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Thanks for this thread Bytor. It's humbling, to be honest, seeing the attention to detail you bring to your work.

I've got high end clients too but I don't think I could get paid enough to go to the lengths you do should I somehow find the skill to do so.

I frequently do a firebox with herringbone back and running bond on the sides. I like it because unless you are doing a straight back design the bond transition from back to sides shifts as you come forward and can look weird with herringbone all around.

I don't think i could do a straight joint across the back though. I can see that it allows you to lay it with the precision you put into all you do. Me, I just "curve" them around gently, building it high enough so most of the noticeable lips are up and out of sight

I start my taper on the first course, no line.
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A couple of follow up photos of the completed Kitchen fireplace...
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A couple of follow up photos of the completed Kitchen fireplace...


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Darn good work, not your call but a mantle of sum sort would look tits eh?
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What's the floor made outta?
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What's the floor made outta?
What you're seeing is the protective covering while the carpentry is finished up. There's a wide plank Oak flooring under there somewhere...

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