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Fire Clay in Canada

 
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Has anyone on the east side of Canada, Ontario or Quebec have a source for fire clay. Or is it called something else here because I can't find it anywhere. The best I can do is a pottery place that is high quality clay and very $$$$. I just want a bag of regular fire clay like the kind i see everyone use in the U.S. and widely availability at their big box stores. Why can't I find any here. Canadians please help me.
 
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Hi Anomika;  
While I don't have any direct information for you I do have some suggestions.

The best place to locate fire clay is at a masonry supply house. The kind that real masons use , not the fancy showroom that can order stuff. They should sell bricks , sand , fire bricks , fire clay, refractory cement.    Any large city should have one.
Next is small rural hardware stores will often keep a few sacks on hand for fireplace builders or repairs.

Locate a mason in your area. Look online or in a phone book for the masons union.  
Fireplace builders are another place to check. Call them up and ask where they get theirs... or maybe if they have an extra sack or two they might sell.

Big box stores in the US may carry or can order some in but it costs more.

Lincoln 60 is the brand most common out west. I pay from $7 - $24 for a 50# sack   $10 is most common.
Hawthorn fire clay is the another well known brand.
There may be more.

 
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try these guys. if its not on the website call them they will point you in the right place. I bought ceramic blanket and castable refractory cement from them...
https://canadianforge.com/collections/refractory-supplies
 
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Thanks David. Even if they don't have it. I found something else I want. KAST-O-LITE 30 LI PLUS - INSULATING CASTABLE REFRACTORY!!... OOOOOOHH AHHHHHHH.
 
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Still no fire clay anywhere. Local company who only deals b2b apparently has it for sale but they are rude and plus they don't sell to individuals. I really don't have the space or time to screen my own clay if I was able to find it. Is this crazy that I think i need to ship a heavy bag of material that is abundantly all around us??? It must be for sale somewhere. I can buy potters clay but it's very pricey. Might be cheaper then shipping heavy bags of fire clay. IDK.
 
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Hi Anomika,   I know its often harder to find certain things in Canada that are easily available in stores across the USA. It really sucks! But don't give up!
I know you said you don't have the time or space but you may be surprised on both accounts how to get whatever amount of local free clay you will ever need....bucket by bucket if you have to. Snoop around construction or excavation sites, road cuts where the bank is exposed and talk to people who know the area. Strange as it sounds, its actually kind of fun to go on a clay hunt!
I remember thinking I would never find some myself in an area that seemed to only have silt, gravel and rock. When I finally found some, I almost crapped my pants and was embarrassed how I had driven by this road cut thousands of times and never knew! Anyways, good luck on your quest and hope you find some soon.

 
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I haven't stopped looking. I thought I had hit the jackpot and spent several days lugging buckets of the stuff home. Washed it, screened it only to find out it was slite. (i think that is the name) basically very small sand. It looks and feels like clay but lacks the properties of actually clay and didn't work. Then I had to get rid of the stuff. And without having a large property to just toss it. dumping it became almost as hard as getting it here. Live and learn. Next time I will test a small amount before I got bringing backbreaking buckets of it home.
 
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