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RodHill 04-05-2012 01:38 PM

Granite for oven surface?
Hi, I'm new and investigating options for building an oven. Is it possible to use 30mm thick granite for the oven surface. I know granite can be heated up to significantly high temperatures and so was wondering if this would be a good long term solution rather than using fire bricks.


C5dad 04-07-2012 07:56 AM

Re: Granite for oven surface?
First off Rod - Welcome to the group! You are starting down the love hate road of construction and materials and....

In reading this, I take that you are wanting to use granite for the floor of the oven.

The simple answer is (drum roll please) NO

To explain, though granite is beautiful and take some temp, it cannot handle the temperatures you will be subjecting it to due to the pesky Thermodynamics and expansion coefficient for it. If you are set upon using stone for the floor, there are those who have used soapstone with great success. Plus. soapstone is easier to work with and cheaper to purchase (a good thing in my book.) Downside - not as pretty.

Hope this helps!


waikato pizza 10-10-2012 01:54 AM

Re: Granite for oven surface?
I understand the thermo bit, but if it is in smaller tight nit pattern, will it work or do the stones crumble and so on? Sorry for a possibly dumb question but I am a novice

Tscarborough 10-10-2012 09:53 AM

Re: Granite for oven surface?
It will not crumble it will spall explosively.

waikato pizza 10-10-2012 11:29 AM

Re: Granite for oven surface?
Tscarborough, thank you. I was wondering why it was rarely mentioned apart from decorative work. I wondered if it were a cost thing. I will obviously be steering clear in that case!:eek:

UtahBeehiver 10-10-2012 01:20 PM

Re: Granite for oven surface?
Welcome Kiwi,

Hope that is not a derogatory name, although granite will not work, some builds have used soapstone for their floors, IE, GianniFocaccia or heater tiles - Bookemdano. With the high cost of firebrick in AU and NZ can't blame you for looking for an alternative floor option.

waikato pizza 10-10-2012 08:29 PM

Re: Granite for oven surface?
Thanks Utah. Got any other cost saving ideas?

mrchipster 10-10-2012 08:37 PM

Re: Granite for oven surface?

Originally Posted by waikato pizza (Post 140042)
Thanks Utah. Got any other cost saving ideas?

use home brew for your refractory mortar.

Build a house around your oven and insulate first with Ceramic fiber board for floor and blanket for dome, suplement with verimicrete for floor and pour perlite or vermicrete into house over dome.

Lowers operating cost of oven by lowering your wood usage and improving cooking capibilities due to heat retention.

Search craigslist for building materials, make a well fitting well insulated door for heat retention.


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