Akona Medium Duty Refractory Mortar vs. Homemade High Temperature Mortar


I am having trouble finding fire clay in the Cincinnati area.
I was wondering if the Akona® Medium-Duty Refractory Mortar - 50lb could be used as a sub for this in the high temp mixture?




If you are lucky enough to be able to get your hands on Akona Medium Duty Refractory Mortar, that is an EXCELLENT substitute for our homemade refractory mortar blend (fine grain sand, hydrated lime, portland cement and fire clay).

7 Bags - Mattone Barile Grande
6 Bags - Mattone Barile
Keep your receipt - you may have a bag leftover…

Now - at $55 a bag, you’re going to have about $300 - $350 in mortar costs, whereas the homemade refractory mortar runs about $120 to make. And it is just as good as any bagged / factory mortar (for the purpose of pizza oven building).

MENARDS - Menards is the main distributor of Akona Refractory Mortar. If your local Menards doesn’t stock Akona Refractory Mortar don’t fret! Menards offers Ship-To-Store for FREE! So they will locate and ship your mortar to your local Menards for pickup. This a terrific service… especially on something as heavy as mortar!

Menards are located in the following states:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

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