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Old 06-30-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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ISO advice on pizza stone alternative

I've used the search function and found a lot of reference for unglazed quarry tiles as excellent pizza stone alternative. my question is: I have a slab of granite (remnants of our kitchen remodel) and was wondering if anyone here ever used it as a pizza stone? any advice?

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Old 06-30-2007, 08:34 PM   #2
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As it is a piece of stone, it has the heat retention properties required of a pizza stone, but I don;t know ow it will stand up to the heating and cooling.
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:43 PM   #3
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exactly my concern...
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:45 PM   #4
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I use slate and unglazed tiles, from the home center store, as pizza/bread stones. I certainly think you could use your pieces of granite just as well. The only thing you have to be sure to do is to make certain it heats up thoroughly. I usually allow my oven to heat an additional 20 minutes or so to ensure my "stones" are hot. My stones "live" in my oven and they seem happy there. The only time I've had a problem with any breaking/cracking is when I've dropped them. I've been doing this for at least 13 years.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:20 PM   #5
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Run it through a heating cycle or two and see how it reacts.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:32 PM   #6
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Interested to hear if you've tried your granite as a pizza stone yet?
I kept one from my recent re-model to use for that exact purpose.

Thinking I may even try it in the bbq to sear scallops.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:53 PM   #7
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It worked for them

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Old 07-09-2007, 04:13 PM   #8
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I found a few people on the net that regularly use granite for their pizza stone. In fact, one person’s piece of granite is a counter top sample.

"The oven, and then the pizza stone (a large slab of granite works well too), must have time to reach temperature, so give this a good hour or so."
-Pizza Parlor

"I use a piece of granite given to me as a counter sample piece, it is about 3/4 of an inch thick, very smooth surface (high gloss) and holds heat like none other! Best of all, it was free."
-ChowHound
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:30 PM   #9
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I would imagine that granite takes an extra long time to heat up, as it is so dense. That said, once the stone is hot it will probably stay hot for quite some time, and my guess is that it would work much like any other pizza stone.
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:10 AM   #10
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I leave my heavy cast iron grill pan in the bottom rack of the oven as a heat sink to even out my oven temp.
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