Best Pizza Stones | Best Baking Stones

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Best Pizza Stone

Best Pizza Stones | Best Baking Stones

We are massive fans of pizza and especially authentic brick oven pizza. So much so that we made a complete guide to buying the best pizza oven for you. But sometimes you won’t be able to use the proper pizza oven or maybe just don’t want one. Well then that’s where the pizza stone (or baking stone) comes in. You can get almost brick oven pizza quality but from a normal oven in your own home. We’ll take you through a selection of the best pizza stones on the market.

What is a pizza stone?

A pizza stone is a flat piece of (usually) stone specifically designed to mimic the base of a traditional wood fired oven. They come in many sizes and shapes and now in many materials as well. Most pizza stones give a good quality alternative to a genuine pizza oven. When the stone begins to heat up it will retain the heat for a long time and will give your pizza a uniformly cooked, crispy base similar to that of a brick oven pizza.

There are differences between the materials used and between certain products and we hope we can provide a suitable buying guide to help you choose the best pizza stone for you.

Discoloration will happen over time and is a perfectly normal thing to expect. It will not affect baking at all but parchment paper can be used to help delay the discoloration.

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How to use a pizza stone?

When using a pizza stone, it is vital that it is placed in a cold oven and is pre-heated with the oven itself. This is due to the risk of the stone cracking if it is exposed to a sudden major temperature change.

Most pizza stones will be non-stick and will not require any greasing or seasoning what so ever. (Check for your specific stone as they do vary.) You can use similar techniques to that of a real pizza oven to keep it from sticking though. For example, cornmeal can be sprinkled on the surface to ensure it doesn’t stick. But honestly, if your pizza is sticking the quality of the pizza stone itself is probably not up to scratch.

Also, a great use for a pizza stone is to use it to heat up cold pizza, a quick blast in the over is enough to make the pizza as good as new. Never submit to microwaved pizza again.

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How to clean a pizza stone?

Firstly, you have to make sure the stone itself is fully cooled down before even showing it water. If you take a hot stone and put it in cold water it’s very likely it will crack.

Once it’s cooled, use a plastic spatula to remove any pieces of food stuck to the stone and then wipe it down with warm water, without any soap. Soap will react with the material and will taint the pizza when the stone is next used. It can also affect the non-stick coating and ruin the next pizza that way.

Finally, it can be a good idea to store it in the oven, if not a cupboard is fine.

 

What Pizza Stone to Buy

Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone

Old Stone Rectangular Oven Pizza Stone - One of the Best Pizza Stones
Old Stone Rectangular Oven Pizza Stone

The Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone is one of the most popular and well reviewed pizza stones available today. It’s a regular pizza stone, made from the same high quality stone that is used in Old World’s brick pizza ovens. It boasts fantastic heat absorption and gives perfect pizzas every time. It’s great at high temperatures and sliding the pizzas on and off is mostly pretty easy.

It’s a rectangular stone, which we have grown to prefer over circular ones for their extra practicality when making your own pizzas. No one ever makes perfectly circular handmade pizzas every time. If you’re looking for a good quality standard pizza stone you can’t go wrong with the Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone.

Dimensions:

16.5 x 14.5 inches (41.9 x 36.8 cm)

Weight:

10 lbs (4.5 kg)

Check the latest price on Amazon.

 

Heritage 15 inch Black Ceramic Pizza Stone

Heritage Black Ceramic Pizza Stone - One of the Best Pizza Stones
Heritage Black Ceramic Pizza Stone

The Heritage 15 inch Black Ceramic Pizza Stone is our choice for ceramic pizza stones. The difference between ceramic and standard stone is that ceramic tends to heat up faster, they also tend to weigh less than the standard stone equivalent. You must still use the same precautions as with a standard stone though and ceramic stones are also less resilient to higher heats, so take that into account. The Heritage stone provides a fast way to product good quality pizza. It’s fairly thick, has a nice finish that we found very easy to wash and doesn’t absorb oils like clay slabs do.

We did find that the pizza taste was probably least like that of a proper brick oven pizza but the difference is fairly small and honestly if you’re not comparing the different stones at the same time I doubt you’d be able to tell a difference.

You also get a nice little pizza cutter included.

Dimensions:

15 inch (38.1 cm) diameter

Weight:

6.1 lbs (2.8 kg)

Check the latest price on Amazon.

 

Culinary Expertise Cordierite Pizza Stone & Bread Baking Stone

Culinary Expertise Cordierite Pizza Stone - One of the Best Pizza Stones
Culinary Expertise Cordierite Pizza Stone

The Culinary Expertise Cordierite Pizza Stone is probably the best pizza stone made from actual stone that you can buy. It uses cordierite as its main material which is the same thing used as the base in many pizza ovens. It produces great quality pizza, can be heated to very high temperatures and has fantastic heat absorption. What makes this deal even better is that there is a chrome rack that allows oven to table delivery, a high quality 14” Culinary Expertise cutter and an eBook with 100 recipes and instructions included.

The only down side is that it is made from stone, so it has the potential to crack. If you have a momentary lapse in concentration and dip it into the sink whilst it’s still hot it could easily break. Having said that, this is our choice for the best stone pizza stone.

Dimensions:

15 x 15 inches (38.1 x 38.1 cm)

Weight:

9.2 lbs (4.2 kg)

Check the latest price on Amazon.

 

Lodge P14P3 Seasoned Cast Iron Baking and Pizza Pan

Lodge Cast Iron Pizza Pan - One of the Best Pizza Stones
Lodge Cast Iron Pizza Pan

Whilst this is a slight detour from pizza stones we thought it’d be nice to give a complete rundown on the best ways to cook a pizza. To do that we couldn’t forget about the pizza pan. By far the Lodge Seasoned Pizza Pan is our favourite pizza pan available today. It’s simple design, high quality cast iron build and the fact that it’s pre-seasoned makes is the best choice around.

If you’re looking for something with slightly more versatility that a basic pizza stone, this could be the product for you. You can easily cook a range of recipes in it from standard pizzas to crepes. What also makes this stand out from the crowd is that it can be used to cook almost anywhere. We’ve previously used it when trying out some campfire recipes and have cooked with it several times over an open fire. We definitely recommend picking up one of these as an alternative or in addition to a general pizza stone.

Dimensions:

14 inch (35.6 cm) cooking diameter

Weight:

7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)

Check the latest price on Amazon.

 

NerdChef Steel Stone – High-Performance Baking Surface for Pizza

Nerdchef Steel Stone - One of the Best Pizza Stones
Nerdchef Steel Stone

I tried a baking steel for the first time a few months ago and I have to say that I’ll never go back to stone. The best way to get a top quality, brick oven pizza, without using a genuine brick oven is to get the stone to as high a temperature as possible. Steel does this much better than stone. As home ovens don’t heat to the high temperature of wood fired ovens a more conductive material is needed to give the same effect and the thicker that material the more heat it can store. This steel stone has a 20x higher conductivity than a ceramic baking stone and you can taste the difference in the pizzas produced. The base and crust were perfect!

The NerdChef Steel Stone comes in three different thicknesses, we’ve tested all of them and have settle on the mid range steel stone as our favourite. It’s gives enough heat whilst being cheaper and lighter (it’s still very heavy) than the most expensive version. Steel also has other benefits over stone. It won’t become tainted as easily as it has a quality seasoned finish. It doesn’t require flour or cornmeal to ensure the pizza slides on and off easily because the finish is so good. And most importantly, as it’s steel, it will not break!

This is easily our favourite baking stone on the list as it does everything so much better than the rest, despite being much heavier and generally less practical. We won’t go back to stone after this and if you try it we doubt you will either.

Dimensions:

16 x 14.25 inches (40.6 x 36.2 cm)

Weight:

23 lbs (10.4 kg)

Check the latest price on Amazon.

 

We hope this has helped you decide which Pizza Stone would be best for you. If you’re looking for quality consumer grade pizza ovens, we’d recommend the Uuni 3 or the Blackstone Pizza Oven as great starter pizza ovens. If you have any questions then feel free to contact us in the comments or on the King of the Coals Facebook page.

 

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