How can I make my own whiskey stones?

The only material I've researched is soapstone.

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overrocks5 years ago
Hello, I own a whiskey stone company, located here
They are not hard to make and the BEST material is soapstone. There are a few reason for this but the most important reason is that almost every other stone is harder than it. This means if you put them in your glass every time they move in it they could scratch your glass turning your glassware to crap. Soapstone is not only super dense non-pourous but also soft, in fact its hardness is about 1 on the mohs scale with granite being 5-6. If you remember your high school science classes harder things scratch softer things and glass is around 5. Granite is a poor material but easier to find and that is why you can find granite whiskey stones.

As to making them they can be any shape you want cubes are good because of the additional surface area though. Just use a small wet saw if your just making some for yourself and wear a mask. Any of the dust that is made is not good for your lungs, the wet saw will cut down on it. If your happy with the sharp edges then keep then like that otherwise you can tap on the edges (this will be like tumbling them) to round them out a bit.

Hope that helps
Cory Stilson
sshuggi6 years ago
Here's a link that pretty much explains it all.To get that smoothed edge look, I would just rub the edges on some concrete you care about scuffing up.
Thanks for the link, Anything with Rachael Ray on the page has got to be good. I know of some custom masons and I'll hit them up for some pieces. They shouldn't cost more than a six-pack. I already have some large quartz crystals and will give them a try, too. Thanks Again,
sshuggi sshuggi6 years ago
*dont* care about scuffing up.
ilpug6 years ago
I have used small pebbles (about 1 inch in diameter) i found in a stream. Not to chill whiskey, (i'm not 21) but for other beverages. I think the pebbles might be some kind of intruded quartz. They where already smooth from natural weathering, but i smoothed them just a little bit more with sandpaper and scrubbed them good with detergent.
Kiteman6 years ago
Any reasonably non-porous stone (not sandstone, not limestone etc), broken or cut into reasonably-sized pieces will do the job.

The nicest ones I have seen were simply rough-hewn lumps of slate.

If I were to make some now, I would simply pop down to the beach and pick up several hands full of ocean-smoothed flints, give them a major wash-up, and then chuck them in the freezer.
orksecurity6 years ago
Note that there's no requirement that you carve the stones into ice-cube-like shapes. They'll work just as well if you leave them as pebbles. (Actually, a sphere might be ideal, in terms of volume to surface area ratio.)
The best material and resistant i may suggest you is granite.
Find some pieces and work on then, don`t try to fix them squared, they may be rounded or flat rounded.