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I am renewing the fire bricks to a Baxi Brunell open fire. What compound is used to fill between the new fire brichs and the chimney construction.

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In the UK they sell small tubs of "fire cement" which is a white pre-mixed cement in a tub. I'm sure that will do the trick!

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