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Anyone put a granite counter top on a fire pit?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by MJK, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 356

    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?
  2. shawnlc

    shawnlc LawnSite Member
    from na
    Posts: 20

    I quick search I could find 48" for $2300 (doesn't include shipping).
  3. shawnlc

    shawnlc LawnSite Member
    from na
    Posts: 20

    This right here is $1600 with free shipping. It's 54". See attachment.

  4. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 356

    That's perfect, do you have a link?
  5. Murphy's Law

    Murphy's Law LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 174

    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.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Here's a question,

    Would the granite hold up to heat without cracking?

  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    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.


  8. Birchwood

    Birchwood LawnSite Member
    Posts: 218

    I think it would look alot better if you had some larger pieces on there with a 2" overhang on both sides.
  9. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,555

    what stone did you use?
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    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.

    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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