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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #50 on: May 23, 2020, 10:54:22 pm »
I should get myself one of those bits of steel. My oven just doesn't get hot enough for that scorched look - instead I have to leave it in longer and end up with a more evenly brown crust. Although maybe it could have done with being in a minute or two less. Still very tasty though, washed down with a can of Fourpure Juice Box...


Looked damn fine to me, glad to see that your choice of drink is actually an IPA and not something ridiculously healthy :thumbsup:

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2020, 11:00:28 pm »
My oven gets up to about 270C and I do a pizza in about 8 mins
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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #52 on: May 24, 2020, 06:49:20 am »
I should get myself one of those bits of steel. My oven just doesn't get hot enough for that scorched look - instead I have to leave it in longer and end up with a more evenly brown crust. Although maybe it could have done with being in a minute or two less. Still very tasty though, washed down with a can of Fourpure Juice Box...

If you have a decent kettle BBQ (Weber style) those get really hot with the lid on. I have seen pizza steels work really well in those.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #53 on: May 24, 2020, 08:13:02 am »
We haven't had a functioning oven for quite a few months (new kitchen was on the agenda, but lockdown put paid to that for the time being!). Partner is very much into cooking and has been doing pizza using the pan fry & grill method, but recently bought a tabletop pizza oven. It seems to get very hot and cooks a pizza in a few minutes. We've been eating lots of pizza (and various types of flatbread)...

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #54 on: May 24, 2020, 10:50:50 am »
If you have a decent kettle BBQ (Weber style) those get really hot with the lid on. I have seen pizza steels work really well in those.

We've got a barbecue with a lid and I have tried cooking pizza on it. Works well, up to a point - the lid isn't insulated so you don't get enough top heat. Might be better with different barbecues.

My brother in law has a Roccbox, which is neat, but too pricey for my tastes. I'd love to build a proper bread oven in the garden, but it's been on my to-do list for over 20 years along with many other more urgent domestic DIY tasks...

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #55 on: May 24, 2020, 11:04:49 am »
I fancied one of those Ooni wood pellet ones. Well, we have plenty of cat litter....
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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #56 on: May 24, 2020, 04:13:16 pm »
I fancied one of those Ooni wood pellet ones. Well, we have plenty of cat litter....

That would certainly impart a unique flavour...

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #57 on: May 24, 2020, 05:19:55 pm »
 ::-)
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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #58 on: May 24, 2020, 05:47:30 pm »
Do you preheat the pizza steel as you preheat the oven or does the steel go in as cold as the raw pizza?

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #59 on: May 24, 2020, 05:55:53 pm »
Sex is like pizza. When it's good it's very very good. And when it's bad, it's still ok.

Yeah what about when you leave it half finished? 

Am a fan of quite a thin crust pizza, neapolitan style.  Tho not to the point that I must have used 00 italian bread flour, but I do like a nice tomato passata.

I fancied one of those Ooni wood pellet ones. Well, we have plenty of cat litter....

From the reviews you need the hopper to feed the pellets in to keep the temperature high enough.  Believe that cheapest source of the pellets is plumbase or PTS.

If you have a decent kettle BBQ (Weber style) those get really hot with the lid on. I have seen pizza steels work really well in those.

We've got a barbecue with a lid and I have tried cooking pizza on it. Works well, up to a point - the lid isn't insulated so you don't get enough top heat. Might be better with different barbecues.

My brother in law has a Roccbox, which is neat, but too pricey for my tastes. I'd love to build a proper bread oven in the garden, but it's been on my to-do list for over 20 years along with many other more urgent domestic DIY tasks...


As you point out the top doesn't get hot enough, I have a ceramic stone and was thinking of adding an inner dome by either a steel wok as an inner done to see if helps.

Parents have a outdoor oven, no idea if it has been used since my dad died.

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #60 on: May 24, 2020, 06:09:40 pm »
Do you preheat the pizza steel as you preheat the oven or does the steel go in as cold as the raw pizza?

Definitely preheat with the oven. The idea of using a thick sheet of steel is that it's a good heat store.

If you put a thick sheet of cold steel into a hot oven, it will make the whole oven cold.

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #61 on: May 24, 2020, 09:05:01 pm »
Yes.
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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #62 on: Yesterday at 12:55:44 am »
How long do you heat it up for? I've seen instructions of preheating it for an hour or more, seems a bit wasteful just for a pizza or two.

And how do you transfer the pizza onto the hot steel? Do you need some sort of paddle?

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #63 on: Yesterday at 10:18:33 am »
How long do you heat it up for? I've seen instructions of preheating it for an hour or more, seems a bit wasteful just for a pizza or two.

Yeah, a thick sheet of steel will take a while to get up to a useful temperature in a domestic oven.

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And how do you transfer the pizza onto the hot steel? Do you need some sort of paddle?

Baker's peel

A flat baking sheet with no rim also does the trick.

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Re: Pizza steel
« Reply #64 on: Yesterday at 03:05:37 pm »
I put my pizza on a silicone sheet and use a baking sheet as a peel. After about 2 mins I hoick the silicone sheet out to continue cooking on the stone or steel.
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