Sorry haven't posted in a long while. This is a one-day recycle some junk to cook pizza on it project.
I was a little intrigued when LS talked about ordering some "baking steels". Did a little web search and it looks like they're thick plates of steel that you cook on, like a pizza stone but made out of steel. I thought that makes sense, steel transfers heat better than a junk-yard dog transfers fleas. As a matter of fact, it transfers heat better n stone and cast iron.
I was cleaning up round the back of the shop - we have a termite inspection on Wed. Throwin' out some junk, and I found a big chunk of alloy I scavenged from an ICP we decommissioned at the lab. I thought it was magnesium, so I did a little test to see if the metal savings combusted. I did that with a plasma cutter and I was a little worried I'd have a run-away thermite-like reaction, but alas, luck was on my side.
It was a weird milled and casted chunk of metal. The plasma cutter didn't work well - I trashed the ceramic nozzle with blow-back. Another sign it was aluminum....very good at conducting heat and tough to cut thick via plasma.
So I decided to use a carbide circular saw. Cut it like frozen buttah.
Now, I got a buddy whose givin' me a chunk o thick steel for a "baking steel". I'm gonna cut a 16" circle or hexagon for pizzas n stuff on the egg. Because there's less mass, and therefore less thermal mass because the lower density of aluminum, I just made as big a chunk as I could, to give me as much real estate and thermal heat carrying mass as possible to cook pizzas, bread, eggs, bacon or whatever else I want to throw on it.
Why the OT? Because this mother is too large to fit on the egg and shut the lid. So I used it in the oven to test it out. Yep. I'm a heretic. Also works on the range burners.
Did all this today, and the pizza came out delicious - experimented with cheese first and sauce on top, and sauce on the dough and cheese on top. The sauce on top was better. Both pizzas came out delicious.
Here are the pics. I used a circ saw with a guide, then cut the junk (standoffs) off, polished it, seasoned it, cooked 2 pizzas on it. Oven, did not fit in egg, so be a lover and not a hater. Peace out.
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