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A friend is hoping to hold a birthday feast for his mom, complete with hot rock cooking (cooking thin slices of meat and veggies on a stone that has been warmed in the oven). However, he is a bit concerned with the cost of the stone kit that can be found online at the below link:

http://www.hotrock.us/store/index.php...

Does anyone know of another place to buy a similar cooking apparatus, or how to make our own? Thanks in advance and I hope this post isn't too cryptic!

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  1. Maybe a heavy cast iron skillet (overturned) or griddle might reach and retain high enough heat?

    1. Call someone who installs granite kitchen counters and see if they have leftovers (sink cut-outs and such) that they will cut into smaller blocks for you. I don't think there's anything magical about the type of stone in the commercial version. You just need something dense and non-porous. Granite should work.

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      1. re: Zeldog

        Thanks!

        1. re: Zeldog

          zeldog, i'm no geologist, but why does one need to seal a granite countertop if it is non-porous?

          1. re: alkapal

            Ok, I should have said relatively non-porous compared to something like sandstone or slate, which would suck the juices right out of whatever you tried to cook on them.

        2. jfood ate in one of those places 20 years ago in NY and it was cute but definitely not worth investing in a home equipment kit. He is not sure where you live but here in CT those rocks are the state flower, they are everywhere. jfood is looking out the window and looking at hundreds of feet of graite walls from the stones in the yard. why not look around your property and see if there are any that meet your needs (if you live in a nighborhood that has rocks). Bring them home wash them, run them through the dishwasher and voila cooking rocks. Then if you do not want to use again open the back door and a quick underhand throw.

          1. If you decide to follow jfood's advice and 'harvest' a 'wild' rock, do NOT use a river rock. River rocks are typically smooth and rounded, since they spent their lives being polished by moving water. The problem is that water can sometimes get trapped deep in the rock and stay there for YEARS, just waiting for you to heat it up...when it will impersonate a kernel of popcorn and explode. This happened to me one time on a camping trip, and I lost a steak into the fire. You don't want it to happen in your oven.

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            1. re: ricepad

              Damn, Ricepad, I'm sure that was a crappy camping/dining experience, but it was a hell of a good story. Also, gotta love someone who says "'harvest' a 'wild' rock" because that is just too funny. Hee!

            2. I bought one of those units at a garage sale a couple of years ago. Used it maybe twice since. Actually - I'm having some friends in later today...could be fun. What should I cook on it? We're talking happy-hour food (wine/drinks +),