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Unglazed Quarry Tiles

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I've been wanting to get unglazed quarry tiles to make a stone for my oven-- as per several books I've read. The problem is, every time I go to Home Depot the people that work there have no idea what I'm talking about, I can't find anything that says unglazed quarry tiles, and I don't know what they exactly look like or what section they are supposed to be in. Can someone help me out with some kind of description or source or something?

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  1. they're generally going to be 8"-9" square, 3/8"-1/2" thick, and terra cotta/brown in color. there should be no glaze visible on the flat (baking) surface. if you run your finger across the wear surface, it should feel slightly rough, not smooth like a ceramic tile. they will scratch easier than a glazed tile.

    try asking for the tile/flooring department manager. they're usually a little more educated on the product.

    1. Or just order one on the Internet.

      Link: http://www.surfasonline.com

      1. They appear to be the same material as terracotta flower pots, if that helps. I've had mine (originally purchased at HD) for years.

        1. Try asking for unglazed terra cotta tiles or unglazed "mexican style" tiles. Maybe then they will have a clue.

          1. I just use a large terracotta hmm, I guess you'd call it a drip tray? It's what you'd put under a pot to catch the water when it flows out. I turn it upside down and use the bottom of it when I want to cook with it, and it stays inthe oven the rest of the time.

            1. Having worked at a Home Depot, these tiles are usually pretty popular and so they stock a lot of them. They should be in the flooring aisle and usually take up a big chunk of it... I would just ask for the terra cotta tiles.

              1. Quarry tiles run about 50 cents a piece at Home Depot. They should have lots in stock--it's cheap stuff that many restaurants like to use back of house or in storage area floors.

                They are naturally dark red, like terra cotta or brick.
                A bit thicker than normal ceramic tile, and about 8" x 8" square.

                Last year, Home Depot also had a natural grey color version. Most importantly, they should be unglazed (no shiny coating.)

                1. As appealing as the idea of a low-cost, low-tech Alton Brown-style alternative is, I don't really understand why one wouldn't just spend $26 or $27 for a nice pizza stone. As I recall, Christopher Kimball on "America's Test Kitchen" expressed great relief after switching to the stone, with its lack of the seams that come with tiles.

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                  1. re: BW

                    I'm going to try the tiles, I too have been asking for them at local spots/home depo/menards and the clerks say- sorry we don't have that-. I've had 3 pizza stones, followed directions as for how to care for them and each one has broken very quickly. The last one is sitting on my planting bench (in pieces) to be used in pots, so that $26 or so seems like a lot of money to be used in dirt.

                    1. re: jackie

                      My experience exactly. I used my pizza stone twice and it cracked the second time I used it.

                      1. re: jackie

                        I bought a pizza making kit at the late Lechters that included a stone. I've been using it for several years without a problem. I have a gas oven and put the stone in before turning it on. When done, I leave it in over night to cool and remove it the next morning. Maybe some stone have internal flaws when made and crack under normal use. It's the luck of the draw I guess.

                      2. re: BW

                        i've used tiles for years without issue.

                      3. Don't go to Home Depot.

                        1. would a saltillo tile work? i saw a lot of the those at HD, but i can't find a good size quarry tile there.