Kitchen Cabinets: Fireclay Brims With Heavy-Duty Character

Maybe whoever coined the phrase “Everything but the kitchen sink” was referring to some sink made out of fireclay. The heavy-duty material, created when clay is heated and treated at upward of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, is so thick, in fact, that oftentimes an expert installer must alter the surrounding counter and cupboards to encourage its huge weight.

This usually means that the nonporous material, in addition to being readily cleanable, is almost impossible to scratch, dent or crack, making it good for sinks that see a lot of rough action. So feel free to load it up with metal baskets, aluminum pans, thick glasses, metal jars — basically everything but the … well, you get the idea.

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The basics: Fireclay is a clay-based material that is coated with a heavy glaze; together they are fired in a kiln at a superhigh temperature (upward of 1,800 levels) to create a durable and nonporous material that is excellent for sinks.

Price: For kitchens fireclay sinks often arrive in a farmhouse style. The cost range is $450 to $1,000 on average.

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Advantages: in regards to durability and attractiveness, a fireclay sink certainly fits the bill. Resistant to acids, alkalies, chips and scratches, the harder-than-rock substance is very resilient and can endure the test of time.

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Cons: Fireclay sinks are extremely heavy, so professional installation is suggested. The encouraging counter and foundation cabinetry might have to be modified to support their own weight. An installer should also consider that most fireclay sinks require wall- or – counter-mounted taps.

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Sustainability: Shaws, a British manufacturer of fireclay sinks because 1897, is dedicated to crafting sinks with environmentally friendly substances that are totally lead free and recyclable. Many fireclay makers have followed suit.

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Maintenance: Nonporous fireclay makes for a stain-resistant and easy-to-clean surface. A rinsing and wipe-down are recommended after each use to avoid water spotting.

To maintain the sink smooth, consider applying a thin layer of liquid wax to the basin about once per month. Apply the wax once the sink is drained and permit the sink to wash before using it.

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