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The ring won't move, really. The bricks would be more for aesthetics than anything. I wouldn't use mortar. It will be outside and constantly subject to warming and cooling cycles...not to mention water. Instead go with a dry stack brick (or, what I did, retaining wall blocks...they're a bit more substantial and stay in place). As for ash removal, there's no ...


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The long and the short: Lava rock vs. gravel isn't important except aesthetically. Use mortar not concrete for binding (in general). All mortar is heat resistant, but you can look for mortar which includes fire clay or get information about mixing your own here (experience suggests that this step is strictly optional, but I will be doing that anyway). It ...


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Yes, you can paint it. Personally, I always use oil-based paints because they last longer, but you can use whatever paint you want (water colors?) Concrete is porous so you might want to use a grain filler or sealer of some kind before painting. There are thick paints specifically designed for painting concrete, but they tend to look pretty industrial.



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