|SOME NOTES ON REGULAR
OVEN PIZZA STONES:
NEVER put a cold pizza stone into a hot oven. It will
go through "thermal shock," because stone can't
handle large temperature changes. Since it's
usually made of ceramic, that can cause a fracture
in the stone. The same applies to using a pizza
stone on your charcoal or gas grill. Put stone in
oven or on grill, turn on oven/light grill so the stone
comes to temperature as the oven/grill does.
NEVER wash your baking stone as it will allow
moisture INTO the stone. If you wash it, it can
weaken the stone. If bits get on the stone, use a
pastry knife or spatula to gently scrape off.
AVOID putting cold food on preheated pizza stone,
especially frozen pizza!! Put frozen pizza on
stone, THEN turn on oven.
DO NOT REMOVE hot pizza stone from oven or
grill -- again thermal shock with temperature
changes. Just allow it to cool off in oven or grill.
You can even always LEAVE it in the oven, when
cool, just cover with tin foil to prevent drips from
other foods you may bake. You don't want to
handle the stone too much. DON'T bake anything
else on it besides bread/pizza products. If you plop
a dutch oven on it, it may crack.
Only use dough that is room temperature or
warmer. This is why I suggested to par heat the
rolled out dough for a few minutes on a corn meal
or parchment paper lined METAL pizza pan
BEFORE putting on toppings.
NEVER leave in oven if using the self cleaning. Put
a bath towel on counter top, and carefully remove
stone to place on it before using the self cleaning.
You can go to your hardware store that has
tiles, and get Travertine or Santilla Tiles in the
tile section. These tiles come in rectangular
shapes, and can fit in your gas or electric oven.
MAKE SURE THEY ARE UNGLAZED QUARRY
STONES!!! Do your research.
Make sure you measure the RACK of your oven
though before purchasing. Remove top rack, place
tile on bottom rack, preheat oven 450*F for an hour
before putting pizza on tile. It's porous and retains
heat, so you can bake other things directly on the
stone as well after you turn off the oven. This is a
GREAT SOLUTION for making homemade
Italian or French Breads.