Sink Material: Fireclay
Distinctive Features: Fireclay is created when clay and glaze fuse together after being fired at very high temperatures (around 1600 degrees, as opposed to the 1200 degrees used to fire enameled cast iron). The result is a very hard and durable ceramic material that looks almost identical to enameled cast iron.
Associated with: Farmhouse or apron-style sinks.
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.
Installation: The weight of the sink requires additional support, so professional installation is recommended. Also, most fireclay sinks necessitate wall- or counter-mounted faucets.
Price range: $300+
Kitchn Reader Reviews:
I also think a high quality white sink can be great. I had lousy fortune with a previous stainless sink that very easily scuffed and never looked clean - white fireclay is a good option. So far not a lot of scrubbing, though we're conscious to rinse the sink to avoid stains - TDs7
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