There was a time when a fireplace was a necessity in many regions of our country. The advent of electricity and electric fireplaces rendered traditional fireplaces unnecessary, redundant and impractical. However, a wood-stoked fireplace is to date, as sign of luxury and comfort. There is something very heartwarming and homely about being able to warm your frozen toes before a crackling log fire in the comfort of your home. However, maintaining one is no mean feat. Any area that is in direct contact with fire or heat is bound to develop cracks and deteriorate very fast. |
The same is the case with outdoor ovens and furnaces. All these structures need to be constructed using special heat-resistant materials. Using fire bricks, fire cement, fire mortar and vermiculite board is a sure-shot way of ensuring the longevity of that fireplace or oven that you very lovingly built. All these materials are available very easily today in a ready-to-use form. Vermiculite board is a porous board that is made from the mineral vermiculite. It is light, heat-resistant, hardy and has many uses. It can be used as shelves or bricks dependant on where it has been installed.
It has acoustic and insulation properties too. The fact that it can withstand temperatures of upto 1,200 degrees Celsius (2,200 degrees Fahrenheit) makes it an ideal product for the aluminum and steel industries. In your home, it provides you with a trouble and maintenance-free cladding for your oven and fireplace walls. There are several companies that manufacture outdoor stoves that can be assembled on site and are made entirely out of these fire-resistant materials. Heat resistant silicone is another revolutionary product that is as strong as it is versatile.
This specially formulated RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) silicone is used in areas that are prone to high temperatures. It has various sealing and industrial bonding applications. It can be used as an adhesive for building materials such as wood, most plastics, ceramics, enamels, glazed and glass surfaces. The application method is very easy, it forms a flexible and durable joint that is unaffected by ozone, snow and sunlight and stays heat-resistant for several years. It is fast healing and creates a very strong bond. There are several areas in your home in which this heat resistant silicone can be put to use.
The stoves, fireplaces, ventilation and smoke ducts that are made out of vermiculite board can be bonded with this sealant. Even equipment such as pumps, motors, kitchen appliances, power units and coolers can be sealed or bonded with the use of this material. It is heat-resistant upto 572 degree Fahrenheit (300 ºC). If the temperature in the area that needs to be treated exceeds this, you can use black fire cement or heat-resistant sealant. Ensuring that the heat-prone areas in your house are built with these materials ensures that they will last long and that the leisurely moments you spend in front of your fireplace are not spent scrutinizing its walls for fractures and cracks.
When you build a fireplace or an outdoor oven in your home use Vitcas Vermiculite Board its construction. Keep Heat Resistant Silicone handy to treat those tiny fissures or cracks that may appear on the surface.
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