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    Default Cracked Fire Brick

    I know it's not brick. I just don't know what it is supposed to be called. I see this pretty often. Do you folks call out for it to be replaced?

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    Default Re: Cracked Fire Brick

    I call them refractory brick panels and rarely see a fireplace that has them where at least 1 of the panels is not broken.

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    Default Re: Cracked Fire Brick

    No replacement unless it is not staying in place.
    Wider cracks or chunks missing or falling of, yes, replace it.

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    Default Re: Cracked Fire Brick

    I do not call for replacement with cracks like that. In fact, some manufacturer's instructions even state that small cracks are typical and not a problem (my wording, not theirs).


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    Default Re: Cracked Fire Brick

    High temp fireplace sealant.

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    Default Re: Cracked Fire Brick

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Robinson View Post
    I know it's not brick. I just don't know what it is supposed to be called. I see this pretty often. Do you folks call out for it to be replaced?
    Firebox liners are what most Mfg call them. Patching the crack can be done but likely will fall out in a season or two and won't match the color. Also for the inspectors, most of the non Mfg replacement panels are only 1" thick vs 1 1/2" or 2" for some fireplaces.


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