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Old 04-07-2013, 03:46 PM
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Anyone put a granite counter top on a fire pit?

Customer is looking to put a Granite counter top on the fire pit. Inside diameter of the fire pit is 30inch, outside is 48 inch. Seems like they are leaning towards a 52inch diameter piece of granite.

After shopping around most prices I have are in the $1,800 - $2,000 range for the granite cut to size. For some reason this seems low to me.

Anyone use granite like this before?
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:50 PM
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Customer is looking to put a Granite counter top on the fire pit. Inside diameter of the fire pit is 30inch, outside is 48 inch. Seems like they are leaning towards a 52inch diameter piece of granite.

After shopping around most prices I have are in the $1,800 - $2,000 range for the granite cut to size. For some reason this seems low to me.

Anyone use granite like this before?
I quick search I could find 48" for $2300 (doesn't include shipping).
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:54 PM
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This right here is $1600 with free shipping. It's 54". See attachment.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:55 PM
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That's perfect, do you have a link?
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:09 PM
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I would recommend calling a local granite counter fabricator. I'm willing to bet they can do it for A LOT less than $1,600 if you are not set on a particular color. They hold onto a ton of remnants that they can rarely get rid of. This means that their product cost is essentially zero and it's all labor for them. That's your bargaining chip.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:00 PM
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Here's a question,

Would the granite hold up to heat without cracking?


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Old 04-07-2013, 11:10 PM
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Just did some research.

Looks like solid granite pieces used for the hearth of a fireplace can crack from the heat.

Personally, I wouldn't use a solid piece of anything for the top of a fire pit.

This is why when we do custom ones, we use a hard flagstone, broken up in a mosaic.

This is one we did 4 years ago. The owners have had some raging fires in it and none of the pieces have cracked. And surprisingly, the mortar has still held up great too.





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Old 04-08-2013, 08:21 AM
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Just did some research.

Looks like solid granite pieces used for the hearth of a fireplace can crack from the heat.

Personally, I wouldn't use a solid piece of anything for the top of a fire pit.

This is why when we do custom ones, we use a hard flagstone, broken up in a mosaic.

This is one we did 4 years ago. The owners have had some raging fires in it and none of the pieces have cracked. And surprisingly, the mortar has still held up great too.





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I think it would look alot better if you had some larger pieces on there with a 2" overhang on both sides.
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what stone did you use?
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:51 PM
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I think it would look alot better if you had some larger pieces on there with a 2" overhang on both sides.
When breaking the flagstone to make it small enough to put on top, it basically started shattering on me. I wanted to get some larger pieces, but this is the way it turned out.

Only other thing I could of done was to score to stone first on the backside before breaking it to achieve the larger pieces.

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what stone did you use?
It's been so long, I can't remember the actual product. Just an extremely hard flagstone, I want to say bluestone, but I don't think that's right.

The outer ring was Iowa block, which is a fairly regular natural stone that comes in 3 foot lengths. I ended up cutting each block to get 6 pieces out of it. Then mitered each piece so it would fit the ring. The inside is firebrick.


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