Ok, first of all, I am forced to burn wood.
The house we have purchased has an insert that has panels that are cracked. Only the back is bad (as usual) but getting it out will probably entail ruining the bottom and at least one side. I have been looking at premade panels and such. They are real pricey. I know you guys cast your own firepots for the Glenwoods and other old burners. So can I cast my own panels? If I make the forms, with raised areas to look like brick, can I pour or lay or pound a refractory into them and get results that will survive installation?
Casting refractory is as easy as pie... a few key notes: use oil (any oil) on the surfaces of your mold, make the refractory just thick enough to "set up" to the mold you need, try to make the mold as smooth as you can (cdx plywood can be sanded nice prior to making the form), after you take out your brick from the mold make sure you throw it in your oven at 200 couple hours, then 300 couple hours, then 400 couple hours.
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