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Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« on: August 11, 2013, 04:20:46 PM »
Howdy All,

Soapstone is a wonderful material to absorb heat and later radiate the same. This company, Tulikivi (Finland) , interested me years ago. It may be worth your time to investigate for yourself.

http://www.tulikivi.com/en/fireplaces/Bakeovens_and_cookstoves_soapstone_bakeovens_and_cookstoves

The link above goes straight to the ovens and stoves, but they also have firepalces. I see they now have ceramic units, in addition to, the soapstone units. Years ago the one unit that caught my eye was about 3000 lbs kgs of soapstone and about $10,000.

The one feature of these massive mass units is that a small fire or electric element can heat a home for days. The one test had useful heat radiating 36 hours after the fire went out. 12 to 15 cords of wood would probably last a decade.

Not sure if these are related to the rocket stoves or not.

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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 11:11:44 PM »
I forgot to mention, these soapstone stoves are also very appealing to the eye. Pieces of art - usable art, you might say.

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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013, 02:02:03 PM »
Yeah checked out the site. Wow nice...a little pricey though but you would probably recoup the cost in time labour and energy in just a couple of years.
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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2013, 10:31:37 PM »
Nobs,

No arguement here, they are a little $$. But they are operational. I am sure if someone was to find a source quarry of soapstone, the concept could be mimicked. But for those in the McMansions, maybe a soapstone oven/stove combo could be a stately prep item to have incase of power failures or broken gaslines.

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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2013, 10:53:39 PM »
For sure, I'll put it next to the marble beday...LOL
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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2013, 07:52:09 PM »
Hahahahahaha!!!

If I was JustABear, I would have spewed my hot beverage all over the computer screen. ;)
Fortunately, I was not consuming ANY liquids when I read your post.

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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 12:25:10 PM »
I'll make an online search today for those quarrys and post if I find anything...You may not want to be drinking anything hot when you read my posts, I'm a bit of a smartass...LOL
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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2013, 10:27:48 PM »
NoBS,

Sounds good.

Imagine a rocket mass heater built from 3000 kg's of carved and fitted soapstone......

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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 04:37:18 PM »
Found a quarry here in God's country, Alberta definately not Ontario...LOL. Right in Canmore. (not Mike from Canmore)

http://www.chrisrocks.ca/order.htm
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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2013, 04:40:57 PM »
Here's a source list for soapstone


http://www.soapstonesculpture.com/sources.html
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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2013, 11:01:41 PM »
NoBS,

Thanks. That is an awesome source list!!!

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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2014, 10:35:48 AM »
I've been able to track down a list of soapstone deposits (pdf), here in Ontario. There's maps too, because I like the sorts of books that come with pictures.
Notably for me, Hastings and Madoc area are listed as sources.
 
I love the look of those stoves, the seem to blend away from the eye.
Does anyone know if the soapstone is treated in anyway, or is naturally ready for use as a hearth?
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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2014, 12:26:35 PM »
Soap Stone is not treated in any way, just milled flat on both sides.


Indeed any stone that can be made flat on the one side will do the trick. (The flat side
should be the side which contacts the stove for good heat transfer.)


Soap stone is chosen because it is easy to work, and has a pleasant appearance
finished, and rubbed with a tiny bit of mineral oil, to show the beauty of the stone.


Much cheaper would be second grade marble or granite, bought from a mortuary supply.

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Re: Soapstone Stoves and Bakeovens
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2014, 05:59:21 PM »
I ask because I've seen some granite explode under extreme heat, especially ones that contain a high level of quartz. I suppose that's quartzite...
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