Properties of Soapstone
 
 


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Description
Soapstone \'soEp-,stoEn\ n (ca. 1681) : a soft stone having a soapy feel and composed essentially of talc, chlorite, and often some magnetite talc \'talk\ n [MF talc mica, fr. ML talk, fr. Ar t.alq] :a soft mineral Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 that is a basic magnesium silicate, is usu. whitish, greenish, or grayish with a soapy feel, and occurs in foliated, granular, or fibrous masses (hardness 1, sp. gr. 2.6-2.9)
Soft and easily carved, it is a popular sculpture medium. see blackpearlsoapstone
The chief deposits are in the U.S., Canada, and Norway.
 
Applications of Soapstone
Soapstone can be used in: facades, staircases, pillars, portals, concrete elements, tile flooring, mosaic flooring, windowsills, furnishings, heat walls, interior walls, wet areas, bathroom furnishings, snooker tables, sauna oven stones, ornamentation, reliefs, sculptures, spark screens, stone cylinders, flues, ceramics (pulverised soapstone), barbeque grills, cooking stones, wine coolers, kitchen structures, meat stones, grill surfaces, utensils, laboratory structures, and speaker housings.
 
The Perfect Stove Building Material

If man could create the perfect stove building material, it would have a number of very special properties. It would be able to regulate the stove's action by taking up the heat of the fire and then gently radiating that heat for many hours -- even after the fire cooled.

Such a material would be strong and durable, yet easily shaped. It would be impervious to the corrosive effects of combustion by-products. It would be unaffected by great fluctuations in temperature and little subject to expansion or contraction, so that stove fittings could be made tight.

In addition to all this, the perfect stove building material would be beautiful, making the stove an attractive feature wherever it was placed.

Fortunately for us, such a material already exists. Over the thousands of years in which people have been making stoves, nothing has ever been invented which could improve upon soapstone -- nature's perfect stove material.

The remarkable qualities of soapstone have long been recognized. Because of its beauty and durability, the Egyptians and Assyrians carved sculptures out of it. In 11th and 12th century Norway, entire cathedrals were built from it.

 
The Stone With Magic Properties

Soapstone is really a form of talc called steatite. It has a smooth, dense, non-absorbent surface. It stores massive amounts of heat, and then radiates it slowly and steadily. New Englanders have long appreciated these qualities. Pancakes cooked on soapstone griddles and smothered with maple syrup have been a tradition here since the Nineteenth Century. The unique character of soapstone to absorb heat and slowly radiate it for hours makes it a favorite material for boot warmers, bunwarmers, and even bedwarmers for cold winter nights.

We also supply: Soapstone Slabs, Countertops & Sinks, and Soapstone For Carving .

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