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I wanted to do a little research about the popular soapstone grate that we all love for Kamado Joe. Just found this out below.

Asbestos

Some soapstone, primarily that from California, does contain naturally occurring asbestos, which are long, thin, separable fibers that run through the stone. If NOA breaks down and the microscopic fibers become airborne, they can cause health issues. You would have to breathe in a significant amount of these fibers over an extended period of time to experience any adverse effects. Because much of the soapstone for cookware comes from Brazil, it is unlikely to contain any asbestos. If you are concerned about asbestos in your soapstone, find out where it was quarried, and whether the manufacturer took precautions to remove asbestos from the rock.

 

Anyone has more solid information on this ? It doesn't seem like this is a direct hazard for health but it still bothered me. I'll email to KJ and see where their soapstone is quarried from and update you all here. 

 

 

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1 minute ago, smokinoclock said:

I wanted to do a little research about the popular soapstone grate for Kamado Joe. Just found this out below.

Asbestos

Some soapstone, primarily that from California, does contain naturally occurring asbestos, which are long, thin, separable fibers that run through the stone. If NOA breaks down and the microscopic fibers become airborne, they can cause health issues. You would have to breathe in a significant amount of these fibers over an extended period of time to experience any adverse effects. Because much of the soapstone for cookware comes from Brazil, it is unlikely to contain any asbestos. If you are concerned about asbestos in your soapstone, find out where it was quarried, and whether the manufacturer took precautions to remove asbestos from the rock.

 

Anyone has more solid information on this ? It doesn't seem like this is a direct hazard for health but it still bothered me. I'll email to KJ and see where their soapstone is quarried from and update you all here. 

 

 

the link to the article is here : https://www.ehow.com/list_7386126_dangers-soapstone-cookware_.html

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