The easy road, again…

There seem to be several options when it comes to finishing the firebox. Top loading fire-boxes seem popular in Australia, while the examples I found from the UK were mostly side-loading, capped with a half arch.  There are good reasons for each and ultimately I chose what worked best for me (which seems to be favouring the easy road…).

I used four huge tiles (18″x12″) to span the top of the firebox. Since the tiles were 21/2″ thick, and I’ve been using 3″ series bricks, I had to fill the 1/2 ” gap with castable (see photo below). This solution proved to be a good one later on when I decided to create some primary air openings on the top of the firebox, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

BTW, the mysterious yellow liquid is veggie oil used as a resist in the casting of the skewbacks (see next post).

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About marcelina salazar

Marcelina just finished building a new studio and wood-kiln where she makes soda-fired porcelain. She makes functional work that will likely be a perfect compliment to the activities in your home. The studio is open year round by chance or appointment.

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