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What Is Soapstone?
June 29, 2018
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Soapstone is a type of metamorphic rock. This stone has a composition of mineral talc and is also high in magnesium. It is produced in the zone where the tectonic plates move under one another. This process applies both heat and pressure to the rocks and changes their construction. It is a dense, soft, heat-resistant rock that withstands extreme temperatures. Soapstone has been used for many years throughout history, and it can be found in many historical buildings and equipment.

Most radiators look the same externally but don’t be fooled. The core of the radiator dictates the efficiency, the length of the manufacturer’s warranty and how heat is utilised. Always check what is in the core.

Understanding Soapstone

Soapstone has a high talc content due to the way it is formed, this means it is a soft stone. Softer grades of talc make soap, hence the name soapstone. Due to the fluctuation in the amount of talc in each stone, soapstone is never registered with a set hardness. Soapstone is currently used as an insulator for housing and electrical components. It is durable and its soft structure means it can be moulded into different shapes before it is fired.

Throughout history, humans have used soapstone in both heating and cooking. If you have coasters, countertops or sinks with decorative inlays it is possible this is soapstone.

The History Of Soapstone

One of the first tribes to use soapstone was the Inuit tribes. They used this material in several of their traditional carvings. Native American artefacts have been discovered such as bowls and cooking slabs made of soapstone too. It is believed that the Vikings used to take soapstone straight from the stone face and create cooking equipment which they later sold both at home and abroad. Historical cooking pots have been found in a variety of countries made of soapstone. In the 19th Century, simple slot and tab tombs were constructed by grave markers from soapstone.

Absorbing & Holding Heat

Soapstone has a natural ability to both absorb and hold heat. It can then radiate this heat without burning. It is these properties which make it an obvious choice for many products. Wood burning stoves and fire surrounds can make use of both its fire-resistant and thermal properties. It is also the major material used in woodburning masonry heaters for these reasons.

It is this steep history and its conductive properties which make soapstone such an excellent conductor for radiators. Trust radiators have taken this versatile stone and compressed it to a width of 2cm – it is then forced within our radiators. Through the conductive qualities of soapstone, the radiators stay warmer for longer. This results in prolonged heat and cheaper fuel costs, all of which are huge advantages for the environment. Trust radiators are set to heat any room through convection. As the air about the radiator becomes warmer the heat will rise. The cool air is then recycled below and pulled back up into the radiator. The heaters run for five to six-minute cycles and can produce heat for 30 minutes without high energy consumption.

Our soapstone is pressed and fired under pressures of 200 tonnes from 16cm to 2cm. This gives the soapstone an enormous density which helps the material retain heat long after the radiator has been switched off.

Choose Trust Electric Radiators

The natural robust nature of the soapstone means that Trust Electric radiators have a much longer lifespan than other competitive radiator brands. This has great advantages for the environment and to the consumer’s budget.

We offer a 25 year guarantee as well as a 100 day warmth trial – contact us today on 0800 5999 109 or email info@trustelectricheating.co.uk for more information.

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