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Can I just use refractory cement and sand?

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  • Can I just use refractory cement and sand?

    Hi folks,

    I'm in a bit of a quandary. I'm looking at building my own wood fired oven.

    I live in France and it doesn't seem to be that easy to buy clay here and I don't fancy digging up my garden! If I could buy clay I would, but for the life of my, I just can't seem to find any. Translation is a problem also... they seem to use different words for it... Terre crue, argile.

    So I'm wondering, is it necessary to use clay? Could I just use refractory cement and sand instead?

    Many of the designs I've seen use a mainly brick structure held together with refractory cement and then a layer over the top to give a smooth effect.

    Is it just that clay is cheaper, or is it better to use clay for other reasons.

    And, by the way, on the off chance someone knows how I might find clay to buy here in France, I would be grateful for assistance!
    My oven on a pallet build thread