By SAR Houston
Hey guys - I had a cook last night where I was searing tuna on my pizzas stone (el cheapo, 16 years old). I had it in my Joe while it came up to temp, and at 525 for 45 minutes, before putting four tuna steaks on from the fridge. As I placed them on I heard what seemed to be a cracking sound, though I didn't notice any change in the stone. I took out the stone to finish them off on the grates, and it came off in a single piece, but 60 seconds after setting it down on the heat pad it split in two.
My question is this: was it stupid to put 35 degree fish on a 525 degree pizza stone, or was it an issue with the stone itself? I'm about to go pick up a KJ pizza stone - am I going to have the same kind of problem with that one, or is a higher quality stone going to be able to handle such a cook without a problem? If there are already posts here that deal with this issue, I'd love to be pointed to them.
With my birthday coming up, I've asked for a few accessories for my new Kamado Joe, one of which is the pizza stone.
My wife pointed out that we have a pizza stone we use in the oven, which after looking around a bit it seems some people do use. Does anyone know what the difference is, if any in a KJ/BGE pizza stone vs one of the "regular" ones from a bake shop? Is there any advantage to getting the kamado specific ones?
If not, that will free me up to put another accessory on the wish list!
I have so much to learn. And when it comes to grilling, this is the best place I've found to do that. So here goes:
I want to get a cooking surface that can handle higher temps than my cast iron skillet because whenever I try to use that to sear my steaks, I ruin the seasoning--which is a huge pain. I've been looking at getting a soapstone, but my aversion to paying $120 for a half moon led me to a few different places. I've been considering an 18" round stone from Soapstone Products.....but then I ran across the Fibrament-D baking stone, which got me wondering:
Will a soapstone work well for pizza? Soapstone Products believes so, but I understand it's not porous and that may not allow for the "perfect" pizza crust." On the flipside, will something like Fibrament's products (or even some pizza stone) satisfy my need for a high-, even-heat searing with good heat retention?
Or a third option: am I thinking about this all wrong?
And to be sure, in all of the above cases, I should still be using my heat deflector below my cooking surface, right?