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Granite countertops - hot pans a no-no?

My sister recently had a major kitchen re-do and included granite countertops. Last night, she took a pot off the stove and looked for a trivet to put the hot pan on. I questioned the need for that, and she's under the impression that granite is for looks but not function. I told her that I think stone is stone - she'll be okay.

I'm not fond of granite, but it was my impression that the reason many use it is because it's heat proof. Is there a coating that can't handle the heat?

I want to tell Sis that the heat's off her, go ahead and stick that pan on the counter!!

Any advice is appreciated.

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  1. it depends...
    even granite can suffer from thermal shock and crack..
    if the pan is very hot and the granite isnt reallllly thick...i wouldnt chance it...
    and it may damage the sealer (if one was used on the granite)

    i would use a trivet for a hot pan anywhere....

    1. You don't need to worry about granite cracking, you need to worry about the surface of it. Some granite is not so impervious to the effects of hot pans and can be damaged or "burnt", in part because granite is treated with a sealer.

      I would never put a hot pan down on ANY countertop except stainless steel or maybe marble. But even then I would be careful.

      Granite is not just for show. But it's also not a good idea to tempt fate when you've paid $50-$100 per square foot for the stuff and it cannot be easily repaired.

      1. I've put hot pans on my granite with no problem, but then maybe I've just been lucky for 3 years.

        1. just because it will probably be fine does not mean it's a good idea. there could be small amounts of something spilled under the hot pan that will burn and stain the granite, there could be a small flaw in the stone that over time and repeated exposure to heat could cause a problem.

          1. In a new house my countertops were poured colored concrete, had to use trivets as the sealer would 'melt' and need to be reapplied. Was told when selecting the countertops, the only trivet free tops were granite.

            1. I nearly always use a hotpad or trivet on my granite. Sometimes in a pinch I've put a not-so hot thing down on it (like a cookie sheet-- not so much thermal mass) but I don't do it regularly. It just seems like taking any kind of small chance just isn't worth it for such an expensive (and hard to replace) feature in a kitchen.

              1. I've done it when I can't find or can't grab a trivet. I've never had a problem. That being said I won't put my cast iron dutch oven fresh out of the oven directly onto the granite. I have put a pot with boiling water and frying pans directly on to it with no problesm.

                1. Just had granite installed and was told in no uncertain terms not to set very hot pans on it. Use a trivet.

                  1. Okay, thanks to all. Without knowing if she has a coating (which actually felt like it did - almost plastic more than stone) I'll let her know she's on the right track with using a hot pad or trivet.

                    Again - many thanks!

                    1. Yeah, why take the chance? For the mega-buckage my granite cost (over 14 feet of counter), grabbing a trivet is cheap insurance.