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Fired up the KJ, and naturally forgot to take pics of the innards.  Basically had the heat deflector on the top grill with 5cm ceramic spacers between that & the pizza stone.  Ran it up to 270C (bit over 500F for you furriners) for about 45 mins.  BTW, I light my starters with a real torch, not those creme brulee princess toys ;) 



Measured the stone temp through the top vent with my trusty laser thermometer



Overkilled on the lubrication - flour on the peel and paper for the pizza.  Going with a basic margarita to start with.



Thanks to the above, pizza was deployed with no probs.  Snapped a wobbly shot as I was closing the lid



After about 10 mins, the following emerged



Crust was nice, maybe a bit overcooked.



Will probably get the stone hotter next time, run the internal temp up closer to the 300C - 320C and see how that goes.

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35 minutes ago, CeramicChef said:


Nice looking pie.  Kudos to ya.  


Why use starters when you have a "... real torch ..."?

Thx - the pizza was good!!!


I do warm up the charcoal with my overcompensating torch while i'm waiting for the starters to catch - don't feel like standing there for 20 mins while it catches though.


I used to use that torch to sear the outside of sous vided steaks on the gas bbq.  Now those days look like they're over so I've got to re-purpose the torch.  Here's a pic of what it would do to a steak:


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On 2017-7-4 at 7:14 PM, CeramicChef said:

Why use starters when You have a "... real torch ..."?


On 2017-7-4 at 7:40 PM, ckreef said:

That's what I was thinking. Seems a little redundant. 


Well turns out you two geniuses were right!!!!!


Lit the charcoal last night using the torch - waaaay quicker and a lot more satisfying than using the lighters.  Thanks for the tip. :) 

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On 7/4/2017 at 9:18 AM, CeramicChef said:

My Benzomatic torch takes all of 30 seconds and a canister of Propane/MAPP lasts about 15-18 months.  It's the only way to fly. 


the benzomatic torch does work well.  When i was up on near Cape Cod, I was using my Dad's benzomatic torch which worked great,

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