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vicbythesea
Radiant Heated Countertops?

We're redoing our kitchen and my husband wants to install radiant heat underneath the soapstone countertops. Has anyone had any experience in this? And, if so, are there any drawbacks? Thanks,

canuk
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Curious ... why radiant heat for the counter tops ??

Sherry
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I read that Tom Silva put radiant heat under his granite countertops and he really liked it. It sounds like a good idea to me.

The Billerica house was done for Dick Silva, Tom's brother.

canuk
Re: Radiant Heated Countertops?

The question remains .... why ?

JacktheShack
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I agree with canuk; I would wonder why as well.

I vaguely recall the gist of the episode in that the heat in that particular kitchen left the stone counter feeling cold in winter, so they installed radiant just in the countertop.

On the other hand, pastry chefs love a cold stone counter when rolling their pastry.

Chacun a'son gout

Bon appetit.

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I'm wondering why too? seems kinda dopey...lol..
The only reason that makes half sense is that it heats the room but then again thats what radiators are for.

However I LOVE soapstone ...being no ones answering the why heat SS counter question... wanna see some pic of the counters I fabricated in my kitchen?
A shot of my guys carrying in the island slab..then some of it set up ready for me to cut and sand and a cpl finished shots.

I think SS is the heaviest stone there is out there by far..amazingly heavy...and I won't even talk about the dust in cutting it.

canuk
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andybuildz... looks fantastic ... it looks like there's enough room to invite a few of us here to see it in person.:)

What do you say JacktheShack ?
Btw... Jack your knowledge never ceases to amaze me. :) ;)

Re: Radiant Heated Countertops?

I believe I recall that episode and the reason for installing the radiant heating under the countertop.
It was installed just under the eating counter, so that when you lean on it with bare arms it would not be cold.
I think it's a good concept.
Stone, and even solid surface, counters can be cold to the touch.
So cold as to be uncomfortable.
I would only do it at the eating counter though.
There's absolutely no reason ( can think of) to heat working counters in a kitchen.
In fact chilling counters, for making pie dough and candy, are often done.

Re: Radiant Heated Countertops?
canuk wrote:

andybuildz... looks fantastic ... it looks like there's enough room to invite a few of us here to see it in person.:)

What do you say JacktheShack ?
Btw... Jack your knowledge never ceases to amaze me. :) ;)

Thanks...and sure..you all can come by any ol' time...you bring the goodies though.
Check my website at the page w/andy in the news and you can see the fest I held here last summer for Fine Homebuilding's Breaktime Forum.

And after just reading the reason for the heated counter tops that TOH did I reallyyyyyyyyyyyy think its dopey...lol. As you can see I have plenty of the SS counters that I personally fabricated and they don't get THAT cold...ggeeeeezzzzzzz...what'r they gonna do go sleep neekid on em'? babies...LOLOLOL...Too much time on their hands I think.;)

canuk
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It was installed just under the eating counter, so that when you lean on it with bare arms it would not be cold.

andy... I'd have to agree ... somewhat extravagant to say the least. To each their own I guess. :rolleyes:

Re: Radiant Heated Countertops?

Maybe run some PEX under my mattress and pillow too...lol

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