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How do you mix vermiculite in a fireplace?

Last Updated: 30th April, 2021

Vermiculite is a dry mix. You need to mix it with cement and water (like aggregate) to form a lightweight concrete. When mixed 5:1 with cement it forms a lightweight concrete perfect for forming the slope behind a fireback.

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Herein, what does vermiculite do in a fireplace?

Vermiculite insulation is high temperature insulation, suitable for wood burning stoves, gas fires and other boilers to insulate your system, extend it's life, increase it's efficiency and reduce the amount of heat lost through your chimney.

do I have to use vermiculite in my chimney? There is NO Building Regulation that says you must insulate around a flexible flue liner, within a chimney stack. By keeping out the cold and maintaining the heat within the flue, Vermiculite Granules and FlexWrap or Rockwool Insulated Tubes will keep the hot gases rising for an efficient draw on your stove.

Considering this, how do you mix vermiculite?

1 part by volume) • 23 litres (5 gallons) of water. Pour vermiculite from the bag into mixer, add the correct proportion of Portland cement, mix together and add the water - do not make or use a sloppy mix. The vermiculite concrete can then be placed and lightly tamped into position. Do not compact heavily.

Is vermiculite waterproof?

expand vermiculite can not use for Waterproof product. But because the water-absorbing of the vermiculite make it can not be a waterproof thermal insulation product.

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