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What exactly are fireclay sinks and should I get one?
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What exactly are fireclay sinks and should I get one?

What is Fireclay? Fireclay is a mixture of clay and glaze that is fired at extremely high temperatures (1600-2200°F). Because of this process, fireclay is extremely durable. While the material looks very similar to enameled cast iron sinks, fireclay definitely has the edge over cast iron.

It's easy to see the beauty of fireclay when you see one!  Alfi 36" Fireclay Double Bowl Farmhouse Sink

A fireclay sink has a timeless, and appealing appearance that can be a sound option for homeowners that are looking for durability and a vintage theme. 

A fireclay sink is a type of ceramic sink. These sinks are not carved; they are molded at extreme temperatures. The process of molding starts when clay is formed into the desired size and shape of the sink, which then dries under a mild level of heat for up to 2 days.

Once the clay is dry, porcelain enamel is applied and the sink is put inside of a kiln, where it gets heated at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit for close to 24 hours. What happens during this phase of molding is that the extreme temperatures fuse the enamel to the ceramic, while fortifying the strength of the sink as a whole. The sink is finished molding, resulting in a tough, smooth, and beautiful body.

If you've made the decision to invest in a fireclay sink, bravo! While other sink materials, including porcelain and enameled cast iron, are prone to staining, scratching and chipping, a fireclay farmhouse sink is resistant to everyday wear and tear. It's also non-porous and less prone to staining.
Pros: Non-porous and resistant to acid, alkali, and scratches; relatively chip-resistant; durable, especially compared to other sink materials.
Cons: Limited sizes and colors; not “friendly” on dropped dishes; susceptible to stains without proper care; can crack or chip over time; expensive.

How Long Does A Fireclay Sink Last?

Particularly designed to be durable, fireclay sinks can last you a long time. Your sink will remain durable and functional for up to over twenty years as long as it's cared for properly.
Fireclay is one of the most durable materials used in sinks today and can withstand virtually anything you throw at it. Because fireclay is so durable, you'll spend less time worrying about replacing your sink and more time enjoying your kitchen.
Clean the sink on a regular basis with mild cleaners and a soft cloth. Dry your sink with a soft cloth to prevent water spotting. Scrape off heavier gunk with a plastic spatula or scrub it off with a Breeze scrubber. Use baking soda (or even a mild abrasive cleaner) to clean off crusted on gunk.

Sink Installation:

The weight of most fireclay sinks require additional support, so professional installation is recommended. Also, most fireclay sinks necessitate wall- or counter-mounted faucets.  See our faucet collection.


Thanks to Joanna Gaines, the iconic fireclay farmhouse sink has gained added popularity and has become a favorite feature in new home kitchens today.  Don't miss out on this classic yet modern kitchen sink.  Shop the fireclay collection.



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