Product Watch: Fireplace Mortar
QUIKRETE Fireplace Mortar is a silicate-based refractory cement caulk ideal for tuck-pointing damaged fireplace mortar joints, chips, cracks and spalls commonly found in fireplaces and wood burning stoves. Once cured, the mortar provides superior adhesion for a durable repair, while withstanding heats up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Using a caulk gun, the mortar is applied in strips no greater than 1/8-inch, with multiple 1/8-inch layers for larger joints as needed. Once dry, stoke a low fire, up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, for one to four hours to assure adequate drying and set time. Once the product is dry, stoke the firebox temperature to 500 degrees Fahrenheit for an additional one to four hours before routine usage.
QUIKRETE Fireplace Mortar, sold in 10-ounce tubes, retails for about $5. For more information, visit www.quikrete.com.
Originally published in Masonry magazine.
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