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What is better jadeite or crimson quartzite for a bath?

Search posts by tags: just click on the topic you are interested in! I found an excellent resource on the net: a supplier of stones for stores, Fire Stone. The good thing about it is that there is a description of all possible types of stones! Now, when they ask about stones, I will confidently send you excellent articles to read Jade is the only semi-precious stone in the world whose complex of properties is ideal for use in baths and saunas: • High strength and heat resistance Of the stones for stoves presented on the bathhouse market, jadeite is the most durable and resists mechanical destruction better than others. The exceptional strength of Jadeite determines its high heat resistance, i.e. the ability of the material to withstand thermal stresses caused by temperature changes in baths and saunas. Due to its high strength, the service life of jadeite in sauna stoves is much longer than that of other stones. These properties ensure safety in the bathhouse – jadeite in the heater does not crack, as well as cost savings – jadeite in the heater will have to be replaced much less often than any other stone. Jadeite, having a very high density and at the same time low thermal conductivity, provides maximum thermal output for a long time. When opening the doors in the steam room, there is no sudden drop in temperature. This helps retain heat and “light steam” for as long as possible. At the same time, the cost of electricity or firewood required to maintain the required temperature for a long time is significantly reduced, and it also becomes possible to calmly enjoy bathing procedures without being distracted by adding firewood to the stove. •Environmental and radiation safety Jadeite has been tested by the Federal State Health Institution “Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology” in Moscow. The emission levels of jadeite are 20-30 times lower than the permissible norm.
Upon contact with water, hot jadeite disinfects it (kills microbes and saprophytes that cause allergic reactions), and also saturates it with metasilicon acid, which has a beneficial effect on the condition of the skin and lungs. When heated, jadeite releases sodium ions and some useful trace elements (Zn, Cu, Se, Ag, etc.), which enter the bloodstream with inhaled air and through the surface of the skin, having a normalizing effect on the state of the central and autonomic nervous systems and the functioning of the endocrine glands. The quality of water and air in the steam room is significantly improved when using jadeite. The properties of jadeite have been repeatedly studied in such medical institutions as the Laboratory of Natural Healing Resources of the Research Institute of Balneology and Physiotherapy of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Novosibirsk State Medical Academy, etc. According to these studies, jadeite equalizes blood pressure, helps treat diseases of the spine, kidneys and bronchopulmonary apparatus, and improves blood composition. In oriental medicine, this mineral is used to restore impaired human bioenergy. When using jadeite in a bath, the pleasure of bath procedures is combined with the improvement of the body! Soapstone takes longer to heat up than other stones, but also remains hot much longer. If the sauna stove is heated well, soapstone in the heater can retain heat for 24 hours. Using soapstone as a stone for the heater, you can significantly save the consumption of firewood or electricity for heating the steam room. To steam safely Soapstone is used as a refractory material in metallurgical furnaces with temperatures of 1200°C-1600°C, significantly exceeding the maximum temperature in the heater. Being a rock of metamorphic origin, soapstone was formed over millions of years under conditions of colossal thermal loads and high pressure, so it can withstand more than 500 fire-water cycles without cracking or collapsing, and also does not emit harmful or odorous substances. There is a sanitary and epidemiological conclusion on the compliance of soapstone chlorite with radiation safety standards. Soapstone is also resistant to direct exposure to acids and alkalis. Soapstone in the heater of a bath or sauna will not “shoot” and crumble under the influence of hot water, and the steam will always be clean and light, without unwanted odors and impurities. For a pleasant appearance Rolled soapstone is grayish-white in color, less often with a yellowish or greenish tint. This color visually goes well with wood, which is mainly used for lining the internal surfaces of saunas and baths. Soapstone is also widely used for lining sauna stoves. A heater filled with soapstone will harmoniously fit into the overall design of the steam room. For lithotherapeutic (health) properties The radiation of heated soapstone stimulates the production of vitamin D in the human body, which is necessary to strengthen bone tissue and increase human immunity. Soapstone also helps treat respiratory (cold) diseases, inflammatory diseases of internal organs, lower blood pressure and improve metabolism. Soapstone used in the heater turns the steam room into a “wellness center.” SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SOAP CHLORITE Soapstone has many names. Scientific names are soap carbonate, soap magnesite, steatite, and the erroneous spelling “talc chloride” is also regularly encountered. In different eras and in different countries it was called wen, mammoth stone, oven stone, soap stone, wax stone, pot stone, ice stone and fire stone.
Several thousand years BC, soapstone was known in Egypt, India and Sumer. It was used to make amulets, religious objects and jewelry.
According to lithotherapeutic views, soapstone has masculine Yang energy, stimulates brain function, activates thinking, increases concentration, and helps get rid of depression. It is also believed that soapstone brings good luck to its owner, and in his personal life has a positive effect on potency. Gabbro-diabase is a deep rock of volcanic origin, mined in the Urals. The composition of gabbro-diabase includes the minerals plagioclase, titanomagnetite, pyroxenes and amphiboles. None of them contain any harmful impurities. In terms of radiation and hygienic properties, gabbro-diabase is a building material of class 1, there is a sanitary and epidemiological conclusion. Gabbro-diabase is very popular as a stone for heaters. At a relatively low price, it has all the necessary properties – heat resistance, resistance to cyclic temperature changes, the ability to heat up quickly and retain heat for a long time. The slightly flattened shape of the stones is convenient for laying in a heater. They also made an educational leaflet! I took a photo of it because I couldn’t find the information from the leaflet on the website. Mega-thing! Great infographic for choosing stones for your bath: The only thing that is not clear to me is the service life: under what conditions was it tested? Let’s say I have an Angara 2012. And the internal heater is filled with jadeite and is open. After 2 years of operating the stove once a week, I decided to wash the stones and see what was wrong with the stove. Everything is fine with the oven. In an open heater, jadeite is not split, that is, it is quite ok. But in a closed heater, the jadeite partially split, 1% of the stone turned into a small fraction about the size of a 20 ruble coin. Before Angara 2012, the Compact stood for 4 years, it contained a mixture of backfill: gabrodiabase, soapstone chloride, crimson quartzite, jadeite. Most of the debris was from gabrodiabase and crimson quartzite, and large fragments from talc. The jadeite was all intact, but covered in streaks of aromatic oils – the heating of the stone was so powerful that the aromatics on it burned out. There were no stains on the other stones. That’s why I chose jadeite for Anagra 2012 and it turned out just fine! If finances allow it, take jadeite, you won’t regret it! Well, for dessert: Rating of bath stones from Fire Stone! I completely agree with him! I express my great respect to the Fire-Stone for the visual material on stones! Various videos on the topic:
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What are the differences between bath stones and how to choose the ideal ones for your stove?

In this article we will figure out which stones are suitable specifically for your atmosphere in the bathhouse. There are several criteria by which you can evaluate the “quality” of a stone for a bath:

– Stone density;
– Thermal stability is a heating/cooling cycle;
– The property of stone to accumulate and retain heat.
– ecologically pure;
– homogeneous in structure.
– without cracks:
– approximately the same size and shape – this will ensure uniform heating, air and steam circulation.

There is an opinion It’s true that small stones heat up faster. And just like the fact that smooth stones crack less, which means they will last longer.

How to care for a stone?

Even such a durable material as natural stone, especially used in extreme conditions of a bath or sauna, becomes unusable after some time. This explains the decrease in heat transfer of furnaces by approximately 15-30% per year.

Once a year the stones need to be sorted.
We look for broken ones and throw them away.
We rinse the rest (whole) with running water and continue to use them!

How to correctly place stones in a sauna stove?

We wash the stones with water, dry them and begin to place them in the heater:
large specimens are placed in the lower part of the heater;
then – average;
at the top – small, at least 5-6 mm in diameter.
If you bought stones and they are about the same size, it’s okay! We put it as is.
The whole point of laying large stones at the bottom and small ones at the top is that when water hits the upper stones, it will flow “slower” to the metal of the stove, and accordingly the steam will be softer and more pleasant to the body.

Collect or buy stones?

Samples found near fresh water bodies outperform sea pebbles, a less durable material, although both the former and the latter have undergone centuries of treatment by the sun, wind and water. It is not recommended to use stones collected along railway tracks, as they may contain substances that are chemically hazardous to the body.
The most popular breeds are: jadeite, gabbro-diabase, soapstone and some others, characterized by heat resistance and strength. Less resistant to high temperatures, but having unique and beneficial properties for humans, are basalt, crimson quartzite, and white quartz. In the store you can purchase a ready-made set of stones, balanced both in composition and size, which have necessarily been treated with special compounds against various microorganisms, including pathogens and aggressive ones towards the human body.

Service life of stones:

Unique properties of Jadeite stone

This greenish-colored stone is one of the most durable among those used for heaters; it is classified as a semi-precious rock and, accordingly, its price is one of the highest. Due to the fact that it has:

beautiful appearance;
high heat capacity;
low water absorption;
unique healing properties

For a pack of Jadeite stones you will have to pay more money, but you can buy a little and lay only the top part of the heater.
It also has a powerful healing effect for joint pain. Bioenergetics specialists consider it a unique stone for restoring the human energy field.
The beneficial effects of jadeite stone, especially in a heated state, on the circulatory, endocrine, genitourinary, nervous and other systems of the body have long been known.
It is necessary to take into account the fact that the jadeite stone is a source of:

beneficial infrared radiation;
air ionization;
enrichment of water with metasilicic acid.

Its service life is at least 5 years, only after which it gradually begins to lose its effectiveness.

Soapstone: king of saunas

A gray stone with high strength, the ability to heat up quickly and a large storage capacity. If it is used together with other stones, one should take into account such a feature as dustiness, which can be avoided by thoroughly washing and hardening all samples before placing them in the heater. A source of light and pleasant steam.
Talcochlorite can be purchased on our website in the product catalog

Raspberry quartzite

Also worth paying attention to is crimson quartzite, a bright purple-brown color. It is one of the durable rocks that is resistant to cracking – it is not afraid even of cold water, which can be safely poured on the heater. Has increased heat capacity, low water absorption. Its medicinal properties are also known:

has a beneficial effect on the circulatory system, normalizing blood pressure;
eliminates joint pain;
helps with migraines, problems associated with changing weather;
normalizes the functioning of the reproductive system organs.

But, most importantly, porphyry, as crimson quartzite is otherwise called, produces very light steam for a long time even after the stove stops operating. Therefore, in a bathhouse with such a stone you can enjoy the soft, beneficial warmth for a long time. The best-selling stones in our stores are:

Gabro diabase – fast heating, low heat retention.
Talcochlorite– take longer to warm up, but retain heat for a long time.
Raspberry quartzite– something in between and reliable between Gabro diabase and Talkochlorite.
Jade– an expensive stone, heats up well, retains heat for a long time and does not fall apart for a long time. It also contains many substances beneficial to the body.

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