By Mark from West Hartford, CT on January 20, 2013
Where can I purchase this product in CT?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 21, 2013
Answer:We are an online-only retailer with no brick-and-mortar locations. We recommend contacting Rutland directly to find a local dealer.
By Jim from Connecticut on October 9, 2012
Can I use this product to patch the refractory panels in my fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 9, 2012
While this product could be used, ideally you would use a product such as the Rutland Masonry Fireplace Patch
, as it is formulated to adhere to irregular holes and cracks. The fireplace cement is better designed to skim coat an existing layer of firebrick.
By Ollie from Mission Viejo, CA on March 26, 2015
I burn approximately 3 cords of wood per winter and I have several cracks in my fireplace. Can I use this refractory mortar mix to fill in the cracks and float the entire lower firebox? Also, how thick can I float the material?
By eFireplaceStore on March 26, 2015
Answer:This product can indeed be troweled over existing firebrick to level or repair it. The thickness should be kept to 3/8 of an inch or less to ensure it will fully cure.
By David from Charlotte, NC on March 19, 2013
I have a fire box that is gas logs only. However, the front cover was removed and stone work was done above and on both sides of the dry wall. The cover was then placed over the stone work. The gap between the stone and firebox was "finished off" with dry wall. The concern is a combustible material (dry wall) that varies from an inch to three inches (exposure - variations due to curvature of rocks). I'm thinking of using this product to go over the dry wall to "fire proof" it. Will this work?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 20, 2013
Answer:I do not recommend using this material to skim over the existing drywall. This mortar can only be applied effectively to masonry or stone and will not provide an effective heat barrier for the drywall. In fact, the material can absorb heat and possible cause the drywall to reach temperatures that are too high. Ideally, the gap between the stone and the unit would have been finished with cement board or a product such as Micore, which is a type of heat resistant fiber board. Because of its close proximity to the fireplace, the drywall may become too dry over time and possibly ignite.
By Blake from Salvo, NC on May 24, 2013
I need to repair the floor of my outdoor fireplace/ grill. I'm planning to chip out the badly cracked cement and then skim the area with this product. What is the approximate coverage? The floor of the fireplace is about two feet by two feet and I believe that I'll need no more than an inch depth of refractory cement on top. Will a gallon cover this, or will I need more?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 28, 2013
Answer:Per your dimensions, the gallon quantity of this product would be sufficient to skim coat your fireplace floor. Approximately 1/2 gallon would be needed to skim the floor at a thickness of 5/8", which is the recommended thickness for this application. A second coat can be applied after the first has set, if you wish.
By Stacy from Odessa, TX on April 30, 2013
Can this be used to adhere fire brick in a outdoor fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 1, 2013
By Matt from MD on March 24, 2013
I have a Rumford-style masonry fireplace with cream-colored firebrick on sides and rear of the firebox. I would like to skim coat the rear and sides to make a smooth surface and then whitewash to match historic 18th century fireplace treatment. Can this product be used for this? What tips can you offer?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 25, 2013
This product can indeed be used to skim the existing firebrick for a smooth look. Another similar product is the Rutland Dry Refractory Mortar Mix - 10 Pound Tub
. However, both products will dry to a buff and light brown color respectively. Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a mortar that dries to a white coloration, although it is possible to acid wash either of the mortar products to lighten their color. Either product is best applied after thoroughly acid washing or scrubbing the interior firebrick. Any loose mortar should also be removed prior to the application.
By Andrew from Princeton, NJ on May 3, 2013
The mason that built my outdoor fireplace used regular cement with the firebrick instead of refractory and it is now cracking. Can I skim coat the entire inside with refractory cement? Or do I have to remove any loose chunks and plug it with refractory?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 6, 2013
Answer:Skim coating the interior surface will indeed take care of the issue. Before skimming the surface, I recommend using a hammer and cold chisel to remove as much of the existing mortar as possible. Even if it has not appeared to crack or separate yet, this will help to ensure that further separation will not occur later on and cause cracking of the refractory mortar surface.
By Louise from Washington, DC on May 17, 2015
The firebrick in my ordinary, wood burning fireplace was painted with a non heat resistant latex paint for a number of years when the fireplace was out of use. Now we want to begin using the fireplace again. What should we do about the firebrick that now has 2 coats of latex paint? We don't want to release chemicals into the house. Is it necessary to cover the bricks and mortar with something like this Rutland Pre-Mixed refractory fireplace cement? Or can it be wire brushed and then repainted with a heat-resistant paint? If so, what paint would you recommend?
By Brennan W. on May 18, 2015
Answer:You will indeed want to use a brush to remove the latex paint from the bricks. As for a high temperature paint, I would suggest our Stove Bright brand of spray paint.