What to do with bricks

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  1. perennial

    perennial Well-Known Member

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    After having our house built we are left with about 1,000 bricks in
    the front yard leftover from our chimney. The builder refuses to pick them up so we've decided to look at it as a good thing. :grump:

    We are thinking of building a firepit out of them and then a brick surround so
    when we pull up our chairs (family style), we'll have a place to put our chairs on without bugs and keep sparks, etc. contained.

    I definitely don't want a brick walkway as we live on a hill, you always end up
    with weeds between and hubby's back has problems.


    Are there any other fantasic or more worthwhile projects we should consider doing with them? An outside bread oven was a thought, but we weren't sure
    how much i would really use that like a firepit.
     
  2. ChickenTracy

    ChickenTracy Well-Known Member

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    Several years ago I dug a small trench around my flowerbeds & used brick at an angle to place around them as a border. Turned out well & they've stayed put for about 5 years.
     

  3. mammabooh

    mammabooh Metal melter Supporter

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    Pillars at the end of your driveway (if you're the fancy type)
    Raised garden beds (probably only 3 or 4 bricks high unless you want to mortar them)
    Donation to Mammabooh (free delivery, of course)
     
  4. Ed in S. AL

    Ed in S. AL Well-Known Member

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    Make yerself a nice BBQ pit or some sort of outdoor oven.
     
  5. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    Raised beds for the garden

    a patio or walkway
     
  6. beorning

    beorning Well-Known Member

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    I'm a bit of a crackpot with some of my ideas sometimes, but I've always wanted to build a big brick, european style wood stove. Had one in an apartment I had there. It had a tiny little fire box and the smoke traveled through a vertical maze of masonry before it exited out the chimney. You could build a really small fire and let it go out, and the brick would act like a heat sink and stay warm for a day or two. I'm guessing that bricking around a conventional stove would serve as an adequate, albeit less efficient, heat sink.

    The Bar-B-Que pit sounds like a great idea.
     
  7. Shadow

    Shadow Well-Known Member

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    After time most regular brick will begin to break up if exposed to direct heat from a fire, need to line the fire area with fire brick. When laying brick in a walk instead of just putting sand between the brick mix morter with the sand sweep between the brick and then wet down with a spray from your garden hose. When they dry you have a weed free walk.
     
  8. susieM

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    A fishpond surround? A miniature house for the kids? A herb garden? A shower wall? A fountain?

    Save some fot heating up the bed, during the winter (wrap them in a towel).
     
  9. Freeholder

    Freeholder Well-Known Member

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    The masonry stove is what I was going to suggest -- sure wish I had a thousand leftover bricks laying around, LOL! The masonry stoves are MUCH more efficient than regular stoves, and use a fraction of the firewood. They are also a lot safer, as the exterior of the masonry mass never heats up enough to be dangerous.

    Kathleen
     
  10. coalroadcabin

    coalroadcabin Well-Known Member

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    You may want to store some of them somewhere on your property in case you ever do an addition on your house and want a second chimney or in case you ever need to do a repair on your current chimney (sometimes matching brick can be impossible)
     
  11. fordy

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    ..............All those brick are actually an Asset ! Try ordering a thousand brick and see what they would cost delivered to your home :Bawling: . fordy... :)
     
  12. Ravenlost

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    We had leftover brick after building our house and were just tickled pink about it! We've built a brick walkway from the drive to the porch. It's easy to keep weeds from growing between the bricks...just pour boiling water on them and they wither and die. We keep meaning to put Quickrete in the cracks but haven't done so yet. We also used broken bricks to make a flower bed border. We just put the broken ends into the ground and have a cool looking border now. We had thought about using bricks to make a mailbox and we plan to make a brick patio area off the back porch.

    In TX I used the leftover bricks stacked on the patio to build my tiny suburban garden. Here's how it turned out:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    YOU really can't use them much...


    I will help you out and take them off your hands.
     
  14. bostonlesley

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    If I were in your situation, I'd be out there happily building a lovely brick-enclosed smokehouse..oh yes..I can smell that sausage right now..
     
  15. perennial

    perennial Well-Known Member

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    thanks for all the inspiration. So far a brick oven or firepit, etc. seems to bring ideas to mind. Thanks so much for your input. We already put some away for the chimney so i think i will get some ideas together/pics and see
    what interests hubby as well.

    thanks again, perennial
     
  16. jerneeon

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    How about a gazebo?
     
  17. fellini123

    fellini123 Well-Known Member

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    Hey I'm in Virginia, and your in Virginia, and I really need a bunch of bricks to finish off our walkway.............sounds like a plan.
    I love the idea of the outside oven.
    And to brick in the walkway to our gazabo....that would be nice.
    Alice in Virginia
     
  18. WildernesFamily

    WildernesFamily Milk Maid

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    well if you dont want to use them for some project a good thing for them is to use them as breaker run rock for a base thats underneath the road rock gravel for your driveway.....perhaps you need to expand your driveway.......theres alot of them underneath my driveway...
     
  20. Silvercreek Farmer

    Silvercreek Farmer Living the dream. Supporter

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    Oooo, Bostonlesly, a brick smokehouse, now you are talking!