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Old 12-20-2009, 11:28 AM   #1
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Using a paving stone as a pizza/baking stone

has anyone here used a paving stone as pizza/ baking stone? AB says it is a good option in his gear book, I am just worried about getting the wrong kind of stone. At the same time I do no want to spend the money on a fancy "Pizza/Bread Stone."

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Old 12-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about food safety and paving stones. You might want to see what they are made of before you try it. Not sure about stuff like lead content, etc.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:29 PM   #3
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Two things come to mind here:

1) Find a not so fancy pizza stone at Walmart/K-Mart/Target for $12-$16. My kids gave me one 8-10 years ago (I know it was under $15) that is still chugging along just fine.

2) Buy a lead test kit, they run about $8-$15, and test your paving stone to make sure it is lead free.
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I purchased a regular 16" pizza stone with a wire rack holder for less than $21, and I don't have to worry about lead, glazing or any other nonsense. Just invest in a pizza stone...

Some cheap workarounds, simply aren't worth the time, effort or trouble!
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:28 PM   #5
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We're glad we bought a Hearthkit some 5-6 years ago. Since, we bake well over 50 loaves of bread per season (Dec thru May) i think we recovered the cost of the Hearthkit within four years. Those round 1/2" thick pizza stones don't hold a candle to the thicker hearthkit. If and when, God forbid, I have to replace the Hearthkit (they seem to be out of business) I hope fibrament is still available.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:35 PM   #6
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I purchased a regular 16" pizza stone with a wire rack holder for less than $21, and I don't have to worry about lead, glazing or any other nonsense. Just invest in a pizza stone...

Some cheap workarounds, simply aren't worth the time, effort or trouble!
I agree. Paving stones are made out of many different materials,......some probably safe and some probably not so. And you have no way of knowing which are safe and which are not. A lead kit is fine as far as it goes; but there are many other materials that are unsafe that you will not be testing for.

Just buy a pizza stone. it may cost a little more that you are comfortable with; but how much is your health and that of your family worth??
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:38 PM   #7
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My local Safeway has a decent stone for $9.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:39 PM   #8
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i have a stone from pampered chef .. 20 bucks i think ..
been on the grill a lot ..
i like it ..
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:28 PM   #9
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I am not sure if the moisture content is going to be an issue but I put a charcoal chimney onto our patio and removed the top layer of the stone when it popped. Someone wasn't too happy with me, especially on a 3 month old patio. :)
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I have been using unglazed quarry tiles (from a home improvement store) for many years. I was steered to that by Italian home cooks. They stressed the importance that the tiles be UNglazed.

The price is surely right.

I don't know what pavers are made of nor how thick or heavy they would be in terms of awkwardness to handle and or store when you're not using them.
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