broken bricks

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Burning Hunk
Aug 26, 2018
beauharnois ,quebec
could the wood expand enough to crack side bricks.i'm not the most gentle putting wood in stove but when i put on side use moon shaped splits and put them slowly .only place with cracked bricks.oooh i'm a burning hunk
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Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
Long Island NY
No, it's your actions that cracked the brick. Lay the splits down gently.


Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
central pa
And bricks do just crack. Especially the hard more dense brick. The pumice ones don't crack as easily but they do wear down


Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
Long Island NY
Hotter fire directly on the bricks could result in clinkers being fused to the brick. I've had that (after I emptied out too many ashes to be able to fill the stove to the brim when we had a polar vortex event, and I was thus running the stove hard).

At old age, bricks can of course crack as they do slowly deteriorate. But most often it's just users being too rough with them (when putting firewood in).
That's my $0.02 and I'm sticking to it.
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