Omaha Red Sox wrote: Metroid wrote:
I'm a Bricklayer! Wow I never thought my line of work would actually be useful here in the Cafe.
Well its gona be tough to tell you how to lay brick using a messege board, I'll say its easy but not as easy as it looks. Both square and round have difficult aspects to them. If you build it square and get it at all out of plumb or level it will look deformed. Pretty much the same goes for a round one but they're harder to plumb. I guess it all depends how good you want it to look and if your at all artistic and somewhat of a craftsman.
Have you ever layed brick before?
I've done a lot of woodworking and I consider myself creative if that matters. I have never laid brick and when I lay concrete this weekend, it will be the first time for that as well. I would like it to look nice (picky wife
), but it doesn't have to look commercial or even professional. Basically, what kind of concrete, tools, etc. am I going to need and what kind of steps should I take to getting it right. Which do you think looks better, square or circle, and which one is easier?
Nice one knapp.
OK first off I would probably use type S mortor but you may need to use a different type depending on the climate where you are, there should be a masonry supply store near you tell them what your doing and ask them what type of mortor to use(dont say concrete or they'll laugh at you.
) Also regular red brick and morter wont hold up very long agianst fire it will crack. Your gonna need to get firebrick and fireclay to line the inside.
line block(you could get by without these too)
2 foot and 4 foot level(if you dont have a 4 you can get by with a 2)
joint tools(these will vary depending on the look you want, but I would recoment a round joint rather than a raked joint-much eaiser)
hoe & wheelbarro
As far as what looks better I like both, the one in the pic is pretty cool(notice the natural gas pipe comming out of it)I like that. I guess if I had to pick one thats going to be eaiser I would say square.
I type slow so heres something to read while I type up some steps.