bricks for banking charcoal

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bena09, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. bena09

    bena09 Newbie

    i bought some regular paving bricks today to use to bank my charcoal to one side. Are these bricks okay to use?
  2. smokerjim

    smokerjim Meat Mopper

    I would be careful with the paving brick,I'm not sure if they are fired in kilns like regular bricks they might be sensitive to heat,they will more than likely crack or pop if they get to hot.not sure what type you have.
  3. bena09

    bena09 Newbie

    after reading about them i realized that they are formed concrete. so i know they will not last. But i already started cooking with them today.
  4. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Yeah , regular pavers will crack when they get real hot. Probably won't do any real harm , but a fragment might end up in your food.....I would wrap them in foil for now and maybe look for some firebrick like they use to line furnaces n fireplaces. Home Depot might even sell firebrick , I'm not sure. I don't think they are real expensive.
  5. bena09

    bena09 Newbie

    I did wrap them in foil. yeah i was looking for fire bricks but i went to lowes 

    and couldnt find them. 
  6. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I bet if you asked a heating contractor they could steer you to a place that sells them. They might even give you a few if ya shmooze em a bit.
  7. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Not pushing their products but I found some Weber charcoal gizmos that allow you to bank & contain the coals. About 3-4 inches deep and maybe 3 inches wide, metal. made to fit in their kettles, of course, but will fit in most other units. 2 in a pack...believe about 15 pretty good IMO

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