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Old 07-21-2009, 02:13 PM  
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Hi all,

I recently started work building a brick barbecue. The concrete base turned out perfect, but I didn't get much further than that. I'm having a lot of trouble mixing good, easily workable mortar. The mix I tried is 6:2:1 (sand:lime:cement). Since I'm just getting started in laying bricks, I need to take my time adjusting the bricks into place. This seems impossible with the mortar I made. No matter how much water I put in it, the mortar dries fast and doesn't stick to the bricks (bricks that have been layed 24hrs ago can easily be removed by hand). What am I doing wrong?

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Old 08-15-2009, 02:31 PM  
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Welcome Eddief:
You need to use brick mortar rathere than the lime/cement mix. Brick mortar has glycerin in it to allow adjustment of the bricks and it will bond well to the bricks. For a small project you can even buy premixed mortar (just add water) from a Sackreet or Quickreet dealer.
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