While a stone top is an excellent investment – it is not bulletproof, but pretty close… it will have to be protected from extreme heat. A rule of thumb we like to quote is ‘if something is too hot to hold in your hand, don’t put it straight on to your stone top.’ The sink drainer is a good option for hot items and a timber chopping board is cheap insurance against damage. Having said that, there are products that can withstand extreme heat as well as being UV stable – we find this range great for BBQ areas and other outdoor applications.