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May 28, 2008 08:26 PM

Quality Baking Stone

I am looking to buy a quality stone for baking artisan breads and also pizza's. Is there a place where i can get a thick one or do I just need to settle for the Pampered Chef 1/2 inch thick version. The bigger the better for me, round or rectangle doesn't matter. Any link would be appreciated.

I broke my previous one on the grill making a Neapolitan pizza, then learned that I shouldn't have put it directly on the grates.

Live, Learn, and Learn Again I Guess !!

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  1. Pizza/baking stones are just fired clay and I doubt Pampered Chef has some secret formula that makes their product superior to others. You can get a decent rectangular stone at Sur La Table or other retail outlets for around $20. They also have a round one for a few bucks less, but if you also want to bake bread, go with the rectangle.

    I don't understand why your old stone broke. Many people leave their baking stones in the oven where they are repeatedly heated and cooled (mine has survived on the base of the oven, which even hotter than the grates, for over 4 years). Do you mean you put it into the oven when it was already hot? That would do it. Trying to use a damp stone is another sure way to break one.

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    1. re: Zeldog

      I think Jimbo means that he broke his stone on the barbecue grill. Most are not made to be heated directly over flames. Stones made for use over direct flame either need to be super thick, or heat buffered with a metal shield.

    2. Fibrament makes commercial and home stones. Many sizes and different thicknesses.

      Don't get a commercial one unless you plan on keeping your oven on all day. A thick one takes a long time and a lot of BTU's to get to temp.

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      1. re: Professor Salt

        I agree with the "Professor". The Fibrament stone is the way to go.

      2. Get one from a dealer that Sells the Big Green Egg. Their stones should hold up to a higher temp as they are made for the grill. :)

        1. Villaware makes a stone specifically for the grill, check out I have not personally tried it, but it looks interesting, doesn't it?

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          1. re: bakerbob

            From the FibraMent website:
            "Because no baking stone can be exposed directly to flame, FibraMent for Grills includes a protective metal pan. FibraMent is placed in the metal pan while it bakes your favorite pizza.

            FibraMent for Grills is available in 13 5/8" and 15 1/2" round sizes to fit a variety of barbecue grills."


            1. re: bakerbob

              The Villaware grill stone works very well!

            2. I've been wondering too. Williams Sonoma has a 14" x 16 stone. Somewhere else on Chow someone mentioned it has a lifetime guarantee. But I can't confirm that on their Web site -- or get an idea of how thick it is.

              I've been thinking of getting one. Any one have any experience with this one?