Where to buy a Soapstone slab hearth pad

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J Bone

New Member
Jan 21, 2018
17
Washington
Hi all,

I apologize for being a noob and posting something that may have been posted before, but my search of this forum didn't turn up anything. I also apologize if this is not the right sub-forum for asking about hearth pad info - please feel free to move this post. Thanks.

Anyway, I would appreciate any help/advise on trying to find a solid stone slab, preferably Soapstone (but other stone would be okay) for my new hearth pad for a Quad Mt Vernon AE pellet stove.

I know that Woodland Direct has these (that's where I got the idea), but they don't have any larger than 54"x 54", and they don't have any in the corner shape, for some reason.

I was just hoping someone would have a source from something like that that I can contact or order online that's not a custom-made piece. I realize that custom-made might be my only solution, but I'm hoping to avoid the cost of that if possible.

Thanks again.
 

esscontracting

New Member
Nov 20, 2017
16
Washington
Hi all,

I apologize for being a noob and posting something that may have been posted before, but my search of this forum didn't turn up anything. I also apologize if this is not the right sub-forum for asking about hearth pad info - please feel free to move this post. Thanks.

Anyway, I would appreciate any help/advise on trying to find a solid stone slab, preferably Soapstone (but other stone would be okay) for my new hearth pad for a Quad Mt Vernon AE pellet stove.

I know that Woodland Direct has these (that's where I got the idea), but they don't have any larger than 54"x 54", and they don't have any in the corner shape, for some reason.

I was just hoping someone would have a source from something like that that I can contact or order online that's not a custom-made piece. I realize that custom-made might be my only solution, but I'm hoping to avoid the cost of that if possible.

Thanks again.
Go to a local granite or stone countertop fabricator... They can order stuff thicker than the standard 1.25 inches

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weatherguy

Minister of Fire
Feb 20, 2009
5,906
Central Mass
See if a local granite place has some leftover pieces, they should sell it fairly reasonable. Around here you can' drive 5 miles without passing a granite place, they're everywhere and the prices have come way down as a result.
 
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J Bone

New Member
Jan 21, 2018
17
Washington
See if a local granite place has some leftover pieces, they should sell it fairly reasonable. Around here you can' drive 5 miles without passing a granite place, they're everywhere and the prices have come way down as a result.
Go to a local granite or stone countertop fabricator... They can order stuff thicker than the standard 1.25 inches

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Thanks for the help. I was hoping that someone had a line on a standard 60" x 60" corner hearth pad made out of a slab. But I guess I knew it was a long-shot. Custom work is going to cost more, and the nearest place that would do anything like that around here is at least 100 miles away. Oh well, thanks anyway.
 

esscontracting

New Member
Nov 20, 2017
16
Washington
Thanks for the help. I was hoping that someone had a line on a standard 60" x 60" corner hearth pad made out of a slab. But I guess I knew it was a long-shot. Custom work is going to cost more, and the nearest place that would do anything like that around here is at least 100 miles away. Oh well, thanks anyway.
I worked in the stone industry for 10 years... You might be able to get something in my area for 35-50 dollars a square foot... Cheaper than having to pay Mark up 2xs plus shipping...

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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
30,344
central pa
The shipping from an online place would kill you. A local countetop place will end up costing less.
 
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drz1050

Minister of Fire
Sep 11, 2014
791
Ballston Lake, NY
Also do a search for quarries or landscape stone yards near you. They won't have polished granite or soapstone, but you don't necessarily need/ want that for a hearth anyways. If you're ok with slate/ bluestone/ etc, that have rough surfaces, check them out.

If you can't find one, call a masonry shop- they'll know where they are.
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
96,535
South Puget Sound, WA
Finding it in one piece might be a big challenge and expense. Check with companies in the area that do stone countertops. They may have pieces or a suggestion of where to look.
 
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coutufr

Feeling the Heat
Sep 16, 2017
253
Montréal
Try a granite slab with beveled edged to prevent tripping. Too thick not necessarily better at preventing tripping either . I have a dark colored granite slab that was dropped on the hardwood floor and the stove is on top. You could request a specific finish on the slab so it is not polished finished. The color will look a lot like soapstone in the end but will be much less fragile. Whatever you choose or do in the end it will look good!
 
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Nick Mystic

Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2013
1,130
Western North Carolina
I have a Woodstock Classic stove in the lower level of my house and that has been my first experience with soapstone. It seems to be a fairly soft stone and I don't think I would want to use it for a hearth. I know some counter tops are made of soapstone, but it seems to me you would have to be really careful not to ding it up. I keep my poker (not the one some of you dirty minded members are thinking of) stored half under my stove (I load from the side door, so it's out of the way). I can picture all sorts of scrapes and dents in a soapstone hearth if I did the same thing with it.
 

esscontracting

New Member
Nov 20, 2017
16
Washington
I have a Woodstock Classic stove in the lower level of my house and that has been my first experience with soapstone. It seems to be a fairly soft stone and I don't think I would want to use it for a hearth. I know some counter tops are made of soapstone, but it seems to me you would have to be really careful not to ding it up. I keep my poker (not the one some of you dirty minded members are thinking of) stored half under my stove (I load from the side door, so it's out of the way). I can picture all sorts of scrapes and dents in a soapstone hearth if I did the same thing with it.
With soap stone you expect that it scratches and dings easily adding to the character.... It's literally almost as soft as soap

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drz1050

Minister of Fire
Sep 11, 2014
791
Ballston Lake, NY
With soap stone you expect that it scratches and dings easily adding to the character.... It's literally almost as soft as soap

Yes you expect that it dings/ scratches over time, the scratches can be buffed out with steel wool if you don't like them.
Almost as soft as soap though? No way sir. Most soapstone can't be scratched with your fingernail, and lands in the MOH 3-5 range.
 

RandyBoBandy

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2015
1,355
Whitmore lake, MI
Seeing as how bluestone is mined in Pennsylvania and New York are you west coast guys even seeing much of it out there? I have my barn stove sitting on a 7” thick piece of bluestone left over from a step job. This stuff is very heavy so getting it in your house will require engineering skills of pyramid building caliber. I installed a patio a few years back with Idaho quartzite which is closer to the op than me. This stuff is even harder and heavier than bluestone. Contact your local landscaper or hardscape installer and see what they are using for natural staircases. Even if your hearth pad is made of a thinner product the stove itself can still sit on a more manageable slab of stone.