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  1. Lisa D.
    April 17, 2018 @ 10:47 pm

    Cast iron wears, well… like iron. It lasts forever, and retains heat wonderfully. I have an old house – old by California standards – it was built in 1935. There were originally three cast iron bath tubs, and two were replaced during several re-modellings, regrettably not with cast iron, and the water just doesn’t stay hot enough.

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  2. Diane
    August 22, 2018 @ 2:05 pm

    Hmm … this gave me pause in regards to choosing fireclay or not. I’m in love with the farmhouse, apron front sink, but it comes in few different materials, so it’s really a matter of preference.

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  3. Holly Stava
    September 3, 2018 @ 1:06 pm

    I bought a new house that came with a farmhouse sink. I will agree that a farmhouse sink is lovely. However, in todays world it is not a good idea. Every time I do dishes I feel guilty about the amount of water it takes to do them. Also most of the sinks need to be sealed (more than once) and that is quite expensive to have someone do it. You need to have protectors to protect the sink from heavy pans so that they won’t scratch which is easy to do. I would never build a house with one of these sinks. Please think about it before you install one.

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  4. Kyle
    March 20, 2019 @ 10:50 am

    I’d love to add to the conversation and say your doubts of fireclay are well warranted. I’ve seen so many broken and cracked fireclay sinks. And like you mentioned they could be hard to install with the 2% tolerance.

    Now that being said. There are some important points I would like to add. All the broken fireclay sinks have been by subpar or untrustworthy brands ( if damaged in transit they are replaced). With the growth in popularity, there was a ton of manufactured fireclay sinks with poor practices cutting corners to bring down the price. As you said, they are expensive. (Shaw’s original with a price tag $1,000 + )

    It’s important to understand the brand and the process. It will mitigate the risk of poor quality and pooling from an uneven surface.

    Most quality fireclay comes from England, Turkey or Italy so keep that in mind. Choose a brand with a proven track record and good reviews. To see some more examples of quality fireclay farmhouse sinks you can look here https://www.annieandoak.com/collections/fireclay-farmhouse-sinks

    It is possible to find quality fireclay at a reasonable price. $550 – $750

    But as you well know, the cast iron sink is another great alternative for a white farmhouse sink. Still hard to install because it’s heavy!

    Thanks for letting me share my 2 cents!

    Kyle

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