John G Stein & Co Ltd – Brands 1960

  • Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire.
  • Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire.
  • Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire.
  • Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.


John G Stein & Co Ltd – Brands 1960


Nettle – 42 % alumina

Thistle –  33 – 35 % alumina

High Alumina Bricks

Stein 50

Stein 63 

Stein 70

Stein 73

( Stein 80 – see 1938 advert below )

Stein Sillimanite

Stein Mullite

Basic Bricks

Stein Magnesite

Stein Mag

C Stein Dimag

Stein KM

Stein Dikro

Stein Chrome

Refractory cements & concretes, Fireclays & Ganister

Stein advert 1960

Avert below 1938

Stein refractory advert

Advert below 1940

Stein refractory advert 1


and further but date unknown

High alumina bricks – in the last few years high alumina bricks – especially those above 60% alumina and over – have definitely established themselves in positions where combined resistance to load, corrosion and spalling is required. Bricks of this group are represented by

Stein Sillimanite 63% alumina

Stein 63 – 63% alumina

Stein 80 – 80% alumina

Their principal features are –

  1. High refractoriness
  2. Excellent resistance to basic slags
  3. Excellent load bearing properties at high temperatures
  4. Constancy of volume

Insulating Refractories

A special development in furnace constructional materials has been the production of refractories which have low heat flow, small heat capacity and lightness in weight. “Stein H.T.I” combines the properties of an effective insulator with those of a firebrick. It is highly refractory, possesses good mechanical strength and can be used in positions directly exposed to the heat up to 1450c where slagging and abrasion are absent or unimportant.

Because of its low thermal conductivity and heat capacity (both approx 1/4 of ordinary firebricks) the use of “Stein H.T.I” cuts down the size and weight of a furnace and reduces considerably the heat locked up in the structure. In intermittently working furnaces that is particularly important and means considerable saving in the time required for heating up and in fuel.

Silica Bricks

96% silica refractories represented by our Bluebell and Myrtle brands, are the important materials of construction in many metallurgical and carbonising furnaces. The use of high silica material is due to its retention of strength and rigidity right up to a very high temperature eg 1600 – 1650C.

In comparison, fireclay refractories show definite plastic deformation at relatively low temperatures, ranging from 1200c to 1450c, depending on quality.

It follows, therefore that teh use of 96% silica with its high load bearing characteristics has proved of enormous importance in furnace construction and economy.

In order to exhibit their high resistance to load, silica bricks have to be burned for a long time at a high temperature. This results in the complete conversion of the original quartz wither to cristobalite or to a mixture of cristobalite plus tridymite or to Tridymite alone.

Cristobalite and Tridymite have excellent high temperature properties, but at low temperatures – 200 – 300c – they have a marked reversible volume change. Heating or cooling through this temperature range, therefore, must be done slowly and carefully, otherwise teh bricks are easily cracked and disrupted.

The important uses of 96% silica bricks for the iron and steel industry are:-

Open hearth furnace – Crown and Linings

Regenerator – Linings and Fillings

Bessemer Converters

Electric Furnaces

Coke Ovens


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