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Repair of Fireplace Brick

Posted by Repete on October 23rd, 2002 09:12 AM

I have a 1934 home with a real wood burning fireplace. I noticed a head and bed joint in the mortar of the back wall were loose. I began to remove the loose mortar and the entire back wall basically crumbled. The existing fire bricks are in good condiditon and need to be re-mortared. There in no air space between the fire brick and the back of the exterior brick. The exisitng bricks have carbon build up on them. Do I need to wire brush the bricks to be clean to remortar? Should I purchase new fire bricks to rebuild the fire box? Is there a material I can use to insulate the cold exterior brick from the hot fire bricks at the back wall? I basically have a 1/4" between inside and outside brick.

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