Need advice on how to build a patio around my soon to be completed watergarden. The bricks I am using are firebrick from an old glass production furnace. They are heavy and not uniform in shape Any help or ideas appreciated.
My first advice is to get a different brick most firebrick are made to withstand a high temperature but break down quickly when exposed to moisture. They will wick ground water and begin dusting and crumbling within just a few years. If you go ahead and use the firebrick lay them in a bed of sand rather then on concrete to make leveling easier. Sweep the joints full of sand water them to settle the sand and repeat until the joints stay full.
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