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The Most Affordable Wood-burning Soapstone Stove: The Cove 2

By M Teixeira News, Soapstone Wood Stove

M. Teixeira Soapstone, the nation’s soapstone distributor offering the widest variety, is pleased to introduce its newest wood-burning stove, the Cove 2.

With the prices of gas and oil constantly rising, wood-burning stoves are becoming more popular than ever as an efficient heating method.


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M. Teixeira Soapstone has expanded its product line to include the Cove 2, a cast iron and soapstone wood-burning stove. This contemporary wood-burning stove burns up to 8 hours, heats up to 1,500 square feet, and is available with or without soapstone.

As the cold weather approaches consumers are looking to cut heating costs wherever possible. This season, enjoy the radiant warmth, practicality, and stunning beauty of an M. Teixeira Soapstone wood-burning stove.

The Cove 2 is available with soapstone for $3,900, and without soapstone (just cast iron) for $2,900.

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Two-Sided Soapstone Griddle

By New Soapstone Products

griddleThis natural, very durable, versatile and energy efficient product works the same way a cast iron product would, but better. Because of soapstone’s thermal qualities, once the griddle has reached it’s peak temperature of 800 + degrees, it will remain hot for a long time after the fire is off, allowing it to be removed from the stove top or grill, and continue cooking for up 30+ minutes before it starts cooling off.

Our soapstone griddle has two sides, one is flat that can be used to cook eggs, pancakes, etc and the griddle/grooved side for steaks, chicken, shrimp,etc.

It can also be used as a nice cheese or sushi tray. Put it in the freezer or refrigerator 3 hours prior to use, and it can be used as a cold cuts serving tray.

Needs to be cured prior to first use. Just oil both surfaces with olive oil, wipe off excess oil and bake it in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Wait until it is back to room temperature and the soapstone is ready to go on the stove top or grill.

Soapstone is naturally non porous, odorless and tasteless. Due to these qualities, soapstone will never alter the taste of your food. Soapstone is inert to acids, chemicals and obviously, heat.

Easy to clean, any common household cleaner can be used. The green side of the sponge and detergent is all it takes to clean your soapstone griddle.

We hand make this product in Hackensack, New Jersey, from excess factory countertop material, reducing waste.

Size: 16″ x 10″
Weight: 19.5 LBS

Soapstone Threshold Shelf

By Decorating, M Teixeira News

A soapstone threshold is just the right size for a bathroom shelf. Simply install the shelf with two brackets and you have a convenient and unique space to store all your necessities.

M. Teixeira Soapstone now carries a variety of Soapstone Thresholds. Our Soapstone Thresholds are made out of natural soapstone with each one being totally unique. They come 36’ long and in widths of four, five and six inches. With the proper saw blade they can be shortened to the desired length. Our Soapstone Thresholds can be purchased online.

The Truth About Soapstone Varieties and Quarries

By Soapstone, Soapstone 101

There have been some rumors out there about companies who own quarries, who mine different varieties of soapstone, etc. As a native of the soapstone region of Brazil and a current part-time resident of the area, I would like to clarify a few issues that are causing “confusion” in the market.

First of all, I can assure you that the soapstone importers/distributors in this country (including ourselves) do not own any quarries in Brazil. Although you may hear false claims like ” we are the quarry,” or “we are the only company that quarries and imports from its own quarries,” this is simply not true. I personally know most of the quarry owners (not brokers) in Brazil and know for fact that none of the quarries there are owned by any US-based company. The most serious soapstone producers in Brazil (such as OPPS, QTZ, and Rinoldi Soapstone) simply supply slabs to their clients (including us) in the USA. Now, if being a US representative of a certain quarrier in Brazil entitles you to ownership, then we own many quarries there.

I myself was a partner at a soapstone quarry in the region back in 2003 and 2004, but it did not take me very long to realize that it was not for me. I am in the business of importing, fabricating, and distributing quality soapstone in the USA, definitely not mining it. Mining is a totally different ball game.

I consider my company to be a “soapstone boutique.” My job is to travel the area, visit the quarries, spend time with the producers, and select what I feel meets the quality standards that I have set.

One might wonder how we have such a broad variety of soapstone with so many different names. Well, the simple answer is that we like to offer our clients a variety of looks, instead of only just one. To accomplish this, we have access to a variety of soapstone quarries. If we import soapstone from Barroca quarry and Santa Rita quarry, these stones cannot be just called “soapstone,” or the “original” soapstone. We call them Santa Rita Soapstone and Barroca Soapstone because that is what the locals call them. This also lets us differentiate the unique features of each quarry. As an example, the Santa Rita quarry produces a heavily veined soapstone and the Barroca quarry blocks are much less veined.

I also enjoy traveling and exploring new boundaries. This is why I migrated from Brazil at the age of 17, by myself. My love for travel, business, and soapstone has taken me to many places on this globe. We even offer a few varieties of soapstone from India in addition to our Brazilian varieties. I feel Brazil is a very blessed nation, but mother nature did not assign Brazil as the exclusive soapstone source of the world. Finland and India also have a lot of nice soapstone and I am very proud to be able to offer soapstone from different continents. The US also has its share of soapstone quarries (yes, we have everything in this beautiful country), but cost, quality, and environmental/political issues have brought any production in this country to very negligible amounts.

Thanks for reading.

Roger Teixeira

About the Hardness of Soapstone

By DIY Soapstone Countertops, Soapstone, Soapstone 101

Roger TeixeiraThere are a lot of questions, rumors, myths and misinformation out there about the hardness of soapstone. I will try to put in simple terms, some facts on this subject:

Soapstone is naturally a softer stone, since it is made up mostly by Talc, among other minerals. What makes soapstone softer or harder, is basically how much Talc is in it.

Average architectural grade soapstone , used for countertops, wood burning stoves , sinks, tiles, etc. will have around 50% of Talc, the harder ones, perhaps only 30%. Soapstone that is used for carvings, and the art industry will usually have around 80% of Talc.

Some of these really hard stones out there, have no Talc in them and in petrological terms cannot be called a soapstone, they are serpentinites. A serpentinite is what soapstone used to be, a metamorphism of serpentinite became soapstone. Basically if a “soapstone” is so hard that it cannot be scratched by a knife, chances are it is not soapstone, it is a serpentinite. What does that mean? Well as an example, one cannot use serpentinite in an application to deal with extreme heat, because it does not have the thermal properties that soapstone does. In a kitchen environment, serpentinite will probably work just fine.

I have heard terms like “the new generation” of soapstone being harder, which I get a kick out of. In geological terms, these serpentinites are actually the “old generation”, since the harder serpentintite metamorphised into soapstone, which is softer.

About the Moh’s Hardness Scale

Although the Moh’s scale was created with and classified using 10 basic minerals, not rocks or stones (which are not minerals) it actually can be used as a guideline to determine hardness of all materials, including stones.

To determine where any material (not only stones or minerals) falls on the Moh’s scale of hardness, we would need to see if it gets scratched by a mineral listed on the Moh’s scale(or another material that hardness has been pre determined). As an example, a fingernail cannot scratch Calcite(3) but it will scratch Gypsum(2), so it is considered that a fingernail is 2.5 or so on the Moh’s scale of hardness.

With that being said, if we take something that we already know it’s hardness and try to scratch a soapstone, and it does, we will know that the soapstone is at least softer than what scratched it. So if a fingernail scratches it, it can be assumed that, that soapstone is a 2.5 or less on the Moh’s scale of hardness.

If knowing the Moh’s value of a giving material is important to you, you can actually figure this out by yourself by trying to scratch it with the following materials of already known hardness:

fingernail = 2.5
a copper penny = 3.5
knife blade = 5.5 (Anything harder than this, is definitly a serpentinite and not a soapstone).

About Scratching Soapstone

What happens if you get your soapstone scratched? While most scratches will occur if one purposely tries to scratch their stone, if you get a scratch, the beauty of soapstone is that you can easily sand it off, with a regular sandpaper or even just a dab of mineral oil or soapstone wax will hide it.

Thanks for reading,

Rogerio M. Teixeira

Monsoon Wave Soapstone Countertop Project

By Decorating, Soapstone Countertop, Soapstone Slabs

We just heard from one of our customers in upstate New York that installed our beautful Monsoon Wave soapstone countertop. We wanted to share with you the photos she sent us of her new kitchen.

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Monsoon Wave Soapstone Kitchen Countertop

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Monsoon Wave Soapstone Countertop with Built-in Drainboard

“We are very, very happy with the counter and with everyone we dealt with at Teixeira–with the entire experience, in fact, from my first contact with you–your patient responses to my questions, our visit to Hackensack to choose the stone, the promptness and courtesy of your workmen on the scheduled days at our house and most of all their gorgeous workmanship! Everyone was so nice from beginning to end.” Miriam B., Chappaqua, New York

New! Soapstone Subway Tile

By Decorating, Soapstone Tile

If you are looking for a practical and attractive choice for your kitchen backsplash or bathroom walls, M. Teixeira Soapstone now has the perfect solution. You will be pleased to see that we carry 3″ x 6″ soapstone subway tile. The impervious quality of soapstone makes these distinctively beautiful tiles durable, stain-proof, and completely resistant to chemical reactions. Subway tiles can add a modern twist or a traditional classic touch to any space.

Soapstone Subway Tile

Soapstone Subway Tile

Monsoon Wave Soapstone Arrives at our New Jersey (NJ) Showroom

By Industry News, Soapstone, Soapstone Slabs

If you are looking for beauty in nature, this soapstone will surely catch your eye. It features a very striking surface with lots of veining running through a dark background. This stone is a work of art and will be exquisite on any kitchen or bathroom countertop.

Monsoon Wave Soapstone - showing both oiled and unoiled sufaces

Monsoon Wave Soapstone – showing both oiled and unoiled sufaces

Monsoon Wave Soapstone from India - shown oiled

Monsoon Wave Soapstone from India – shown oiled

GOA Soapstone Arrives at our New Jersey (NJ) Showroom

By Industry News, Soapstone, Soapstone Slabs

We welcome a new variety to our soapstone collection this week called GOA. This soapstone is very similar to Julia Soapstone, which we no longer carry. The soapstone does not have very much veining but it has a beautiful flowing blend of dark tones. It’s a great option for those that want subtle looking soapstone.

GOA Soapstone - Showing both oiled an unoiled surfaces

GOA Soapstone – Showing both oiled an unoiled surfaces

GOA (India) with Oil

GOA (India) with Oil

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