Blog: FAQs


Q. What is vermiculite?

Vermiculite is hydrated phlogopite mica, a naturally occurring mineral possessing a number of desirable properties. When heated, it has the remarkable ability to expand many times its original volume, a process called exfoliation.


Q. What is the minimum order size at Palabora?

There doesn’t really exist a minimum order size, you can order as much or as little as required. However, our bags hold 1.2 tonnes of vermiculite each, and we have found this to be a good sample size for new customers.


Q. Where does Palabora vermiculite come from?

Palabora vermiculite is mined in the Limpopo Province of South Africa by our parent company, Palabora Mining Company Limited. The crude vermiculite is then shipped to our stockpiles in Antwerp, Belgium and Flixborough, UK by way of bulk vessel and coasters.


Q. Should I be worried about asbestos?

Palabora vermiculite is vigorously tested for the presence of asbestos both internally and by the independent bodies, IOM (the Institute of Occupational Medicine) and ITGA (Institut Technique des Gaz et de l’Air). Supplying a safe product is of the utmost importance to us and we have done so for over 40 years.


Q. Do you sell exfoliated vermiculite?  

We are a supplier of crude vermiculite only. However, if you require exfoliated Palabora vermiculite, we can put you in contact with our extensive network of exfoliators. Please just ask.


Q. Where can I learn more about vermiculite?

Please peruse our website at your leisure, if you still require more information, visit TVA (The Vermiculite Association) website



Vermiculite in Egg Incubation

Interestingly and rather unusually, vermiculite is used to incubate eggs, specifically reptile eggs. Eggs of all different kinds of reptiles including geckos, snakes, iguanas and even turtles can be placed in exfoliated vermiculite and left to develop before they hatch. Once in a plastic container or something of the sort, the vermiculite must in most

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Vermiculite in Pizza Ovens

Did you know that vermiculite can be utilised to make ovens?! Indeed, pizza and bread-baking ovens specifically can be made using vermiculite that is mixed with cement. These ovens can be constructed fairly easily at home with exfoliated vermiculite and other refractory materials such as fire bricks. Vermiculite is an ideal ingredient in such ovens

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5 Things you had no idea that Vermiculite was in

Vermiculite surrounds us on a daily basis and yet, few individuals know it. Indeed, vermiculite is almost everywhere due to the fact that it is a very versatile mineral with many desirable properties and is thus utilised in a number of end-use applications, in a wide array of industries. Here are 5 things you probably

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