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Sep 19, 2006 10:47 PM

can i use a ceramic pizza stone in a woodfire?

just posted this in another thread, but afraid it might get lost there so here it...

Does anyone know if it's safe to use a ceramic pizza stone within a campfire?

I made some campfire flatbread pizzas last time I went camping and used a flat rock I found lying around. Built a fire atop the rock. Brushed off after an hour or so, but kept the fire going on the side. Then threw the pizza on the rock and kept turning so that it got heat from both the rock and the fire. Turned out pretty good, but don't know if I'll be able to find a suitable rock everytime I got camping, so a pizza stone seems like a good option.

I was thinking of buying a ceramic pizza stone like this one:

But am not sure if it's ok to use in a woodfire that may reach up to 1100° F.

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  1. Don't know about that brand, but according to one manufacturer of baking stones, you should not use theirs over direct flames.

    I grill pizzas over hot coals with great success. Would a grate work for you? If not, how about a griddle?

    1. I've broken pizza stones on a gas grill, so I'm gonna guess that over live flames would get too hot. Other options like travertine tiles or quarry tiles might handle heat better... but I don't know.

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      1. re: amkirkland

        When you broke your pizza stone, did you put it on after the fire was going, or at the beginning? I've read that stones can break if they are not heated gradually.

        I was actually planned on placing the pizza stone on the bottom of a firepit, then building a fire atop it. Push it aside after it heats up...

        1. re: brian j

          Good point, unfortunately I don't remember

      2. We have an extra stone for this purpose, we actually put it to the opposite side of the grill as the hot coals and it did not crack (kind of a improv on the wood fired oven which no one seems to want to sell me.. I have submitted 3 or 4 inquiries to local companies regarding pricing & installation with no return email)
        The stone afterwards is ugly though, would not want to bring it back to the oven ....
        we have one from a rest. supply store not a cheap one if that helps.

        1. Here's my new idea, it could even be semi permanent. get fire brick and build a pit and arrange the bricks so they're flat. Build the fire on the fire brick (remember though, that heat goes up. You'll only be transferring the heat that makes contact and the radiant heat) platform then when ready to roll, brush the fire aside, as you planned. Fire brick would be great cause it would hold so much more heat than any pizza stone/tile could even dream of. A large planter upside down could help keep heat in also.

          1. I have used my pizza stone on the Silver B Weber grill. I find it works well when it's raised above the grill itself, for some reason, and have used a couple of chicken roasters to get the stone about an inch above the actual bars on the grill. I get the Weber up to about 600 - 700 degrees and it works fine but still heats the bottom of the pizza more quickly than I'd like so I have to watch it to make surwe it doesn't get burnt.