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  • Using Limestone for oven floor

    My friend has a granite shop and has a piece of Grayish Limestone he had left over from a countertop 1 1/4" thickness and 4ftx4ft. I can have him cut to specs, but want to know if using this as the surface and using insulating firebricks underneath would be good enough without issues. Do I need to treat the limestone in any way?

    thanks in adance

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    Re: Using Limestone for oven floor

    You need to not use it for the floor of your oven.

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    • #3
      Re: Using Limestone for oven floor

      The crystal structure of limestone isn't stable under the heat that WFOs get into. You'll be fighting it falling apart in short order.

      Sorry.

      Chris

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      • #4
        Re: Using Limestone for oven floor

        Originally posted by wotavidone
        On the other hand, supply it with a nice solid supporting frame, perhaps seal it with something, and I imagine it would be a lovely prep surface.
        Oh yeh!

        Chris

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        • #5
          Re: Using Limestone for oven floor

          what about soapstone I can get that too in 1 1/4" thickness. Will that work well as a cooking surface ontop of my insulating bricks

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          • #6
            Re: Using Limestone for oven floor

            Limestone, wherever you incoorporate it, is going to wear easily and produce a powdery surface with use....unless it has turned to dolomitic limestone, which is a bit harder.
            Last edited by Lburou; 04-29-2012, 06:33 AM.
            Lee B.
            DFW area, Texas, USA

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            • #7
              Re: Using Limestone for oven floor

              What about Soap stone I can ge that too

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              • #8
                Re: Using Limestone for oven floor

                Originally posted by jeemann99 View Post
                What about Soap stone I can ge that too
                While soapstone does absorb and hold heat well, the reviews are mixed on soapstone on the oven floor. Here is a good informational link on the subject. Keep searching, your friend will have something you need
                Lee B.
                DFW area, Texas, USA

                If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is Here.
                Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is here.
                An album showing our Thermal Breaks is Here.

                I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.

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                • #9
                  Re: Using Limestone for oven floor

                  Yes, you can give any shape to limestone tiles because these are flexible. You can use limestone tiles on flooring, countertops and walls.

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