In an effort to fix the floor as much as possible I am removing the center tiles from the floor then I will put some iron wire spaced out horizontally over the tiles and middle gap then slide in a piece of hardiboard over all of that. perhaps that will fix my tile on the floor issue
On the blanket .. I do not think it will be long enough to do any more than the pipe through the wall. I think it is 12x24. I can always order more because i am very interested in the 5-minute riser. Is there a link to it?
I am so glad the matt walker style riser and core have held up for you. It is a more affordable option for me at this time. The ceramic fiber board is sooo expensive but I know it is worth the money. Hopefully, I can rebuild this next season and use it then. As for firebrick. I do have some that I could split to line the bottom and sides of the firebox side. I have read some issues with the brick taking a long time to heat up and causing a backdraft? Is this an issue or can I do that with success and cast that fireclay and perlite core with the split fb in place? or maybe just line the bottom of the core with the brick?
I am so excited to see your rebuild and get an update on how well that works..
Your excellent advice has made my project so much more fun to do. Now if only I could recruit some help from my kiddos it would be complete