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kitty litter forge liner

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I am making another BBQ forge, other one got thrown away during during major cleaup, :angry: and i don't remember the amount of stuuf to put in it I ave kitty litter, sand, cement, and perlite. Is there anything else i need and what is the ratio for the ingredients if there is a link or another post plz let me know. :o THX

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It ain't rocket science, man. All you really need is kitty litter and sand. Mix it up till it'll hold its shape when squeezed into a clump, but not much wetter than that. 50/50 on the sand and kitty litter will work, but you can probably get away with more sand and less litter. Stir in some perlite if you want. I wouldn't bother with cement; it doesn't tolerate heat well. (Well, unless it's a high alumina or other refractory cement, but that'd be overkill and it's probably not what you have.)

Edited by Matt Bower

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Skip the cement in Lionel's recipe. I'm a member over there. We've been scratching our heads about his cement recommendation for a long time, but for whatever reason he won't take it down. Portland cement (which is the binder in the masonry cement he mentions) is an hydraulic cement. It works by chemically bonding with water. When you heat it to about 300 degrees F those chemical bonds start to break down. The cement loses its strength, and the steam that is released can cause it to spall. What's more, the calcium oxide in Portland makes it a powerful flux for silica-based materials, such as the sand and clay in the refractory mix. This is a very poor material to include in a forge or furnace.

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