First of all, what an awesome forum!
I just joined and look forward to sharing alot of great information. I recently purchased a XL with a nest a couple of months old from craigslist and have so far managed to produce some good food. I am a long time Weber fan and have a performer and WSM.
After reading some post on pizza
, I decided it would be a good idea to throw a pizza party. So I invested in a pizza stone and fire bricks in order to create my own pizza (I live in Wake Forest, NC and there are NO good pizza places here).
So I discovered Zippylip's excellent pizza dough recipe and decided to take a whack at it. I purchased great cheese and ingredients and the dough came out great. About 30 min before the guest arrived I decided to heat up the egg and have a beer...30 min in the temp was about 650F and everything seemed great, so I thought. The guest arrived and I decided on another beer...we exchanged conversation and I had another beer...30 min later we decided to assemble the pizza and took jabs at each others technique...everything was just perfect. The way I saw it the egg was about 650F, the dough was perfect, the ingredients were spot on, the the mood was festive....I had another beer.
I whipped out my pizza peel, lightly flour it, slipped the assembled pizza on and to the egg I went...
As i tried to open the lid, I noticed it was lock. I let go of my beer and decided to put both hands on and nothing. Then I decided to to get the help of guests...to no avail. I yanked on that lid so hard i lifted the egg off the nest at times. I was simply not gong to allow me the right of passage. As I weighed out my options: Pizza peel loaded with unbaked pizza, locked egg at 650F, house full of guests - laughing at me, my only other option was to switch medicines, I went to the bar and open up a bottle of scotch.
As I stood there in defeat, my wife decided to take over and turned the oven on and made some damm good pizza that night. Thank God for wives
The morning after:
I woke up early this morning and decided to venture out to see if the Egg either blew up and took half my deck with it or if the Son of Satan was conceived late last night on my deck :evil: . I was able to open it and find the thing was clean as a whistle...I mean clean. I also discovered the gasket was burnt to a crisp and the grill was bent in probably due to the weight of the fire bricks and the 21" pizza stone coupled with the heat. I only regret not calling the Guinness Book of World records last night, because I'm pretty sure had something :woohoo: .
I do have some questions:
1. Knowing my pizza making technique (alcohol and high temps), What gasket should I replace it with?
2. During the "event" last night (as my friends are calling it) I did manage to chip the glaze off the porcelain about the size of a pencil eraser right around were the gasket ends...Yes I tried to pry it open with a screwdriver...God only knows that flashback thing would of happened and I would be in the burn unit at my local hospital with my half empty bottle of scotch :pinch: .