How To Use A Pizza Stone
First up, a pizza stone is an awesome tool to have when you either don’t have the money, time or space to invest in a wood fired pizza oven.
Baking your pizza on a pizza stone will help you to achieve similar results you would get in a pizza oven (without the amazing mouthwatering smoky flavor though).
But hey, it is a good alternative and less expensive too. And you have to start somewhere. 🙂
In my opinion, using a pizza stone is pretty straight forward. You can use the pizza stone in the oven, on the grill or the bbq. Most of them are not suitable for putting them on a stove except if you use a cast iron pan.
There is a variety of pizza stones on the market. They differ mainly regarding the material they are made of and the thickness of the material.
Different Types Of Pizza Stones
There are four different types available.
- cast iron
- stainless steel
- cordierite stone
Please read my review on The Best Pizza Stones for more details and my top picks.
I use a cast iron pan because I like the versatility of use. The cast iron pan is the only one you can use on top of the stove as well.
But at the end of the day, it comes down to each and everyone’s personal preference.
One thing these four pizza stones have in common: They will help you cooking your pizza close to perfection. The crust will be cooked nice and crisp, the bottom crust browns and you will get a perfect puff in the crust. The toppings are also cooking evenly and crisp. Yummy!
How Do I Use A Pizza Stone?
As mentioned before it’s a very straightforward process to use a pizza stone. First of all, It is crucial to put the stone in the cold oven, so it preheats together with the oven. The stone needs to be scorching to cook the pizza evenly and to get the beautiful crispy crust.
Preheat the oven to the highest possible setting before you bake your pizza. The biggest challenge is probably to get pizza from the workbench onto the pizza stone.
I would recommend using a pizza peel. It looks professional, and it really helps to put the pizza into the hot oven without too much trouble. Here is a tip: Sprinkle some cornflour onto the pizza peel.
This way it is easier to slide the pizza onto the stone. You could also use some parchment paper. It is entirely up to you.
After you finished cooking all these delicious pizzas, it is very easy to clean your pizza stone. Just wipe it with a wet cloth and maybe scrap off some sticky cheese and sauce. Now it is ready for the next pizza party.
I think a pizza stone is essential to have in the kitchen especially when you are serious about cooking a deliciously crispy pizza.
It is very easy to use and available at a reasonable price. A good quality pizza stone will cost between $40 and $100.
It depends on the material and size.
If you have any questions or feedback, I would love to hear from you. Have you cooked on a pizza stone before? What material would you prefer: stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic or cordierite stone?
Happy cooking everyone!
Founder of woodfiredpizzaoven.org
Hi I really enjoyed your site today. This is my first time hearing about the pizza stone but it seems like the perfect way to make a delicious pizza. I love pizza and I have participated in making a pizza from scratch before. I have to tell you it was the best pizza I ever taste in my life. The pizza stone seems like it would be perfect to make my next pizza on. It would probably taste even better with the amazing smoking flavor, but cooking in the oven is nice also. Your site is absolutely amazing and I know that you will be successful!
Hi Scott, thanks for your positive feedback. I am happy you like my site. The cool thing about pizza stones is that they don’t cost too much and they are really helpful in making a delicious tasting pizza. Investing in a wood-fired pizza oven might be something you would like to do further down the track. Please let me know, when you tried a pizza stone and what you think. I would be curious to know.
Happy pizza making!
Great article! This was super helpful. I had no idea I was supposed to heat up the pizza stone first and then add the pizza! I’ve been using cornmeal on an old cookie sheet for years and it’s just not the same. Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks again!
Hi Melissa, awesome; I am glad that my article has helped you. Sometimes it is just the little things …
Happy Pizza Making !
Great site, very informative 🙂 I’ve been looking at getting a pizza stone myself for quite some time now but being located in the UK I will have to do some research myself to see if any of the ones that you have recommend are available.
Cheers and all the best
Hi Jeff, thanks for your great feedback.If you are from the UK and you click the links it should take you to the Amazon store in the UK. It would be cool if you could try and let me know if it works. That would be helpful for other readers as well.
All the best from Anke .
Hi , nice work on your website. I love pizza and the texture of the crust or doe makes all the difference in the taste. I’m definitely going to get myself one and try it out. Pizza just tastes much better when it’s done that way.
Very nice site layout as well.
Enjoy your day.
Thanks for your feedback, Adrian. I hope you will enjoy making your next pizza using a pizza stone. Best regards from Anke
I do like the look of your website and the information is very helpful. The site looks very well-organized and inviting and is easy to navigate as well.
I am a pizza-eater and lover, but prefer to leave the cooking of the slices of heaven to more adept cooks. However, that pizza stone sounds intriguing. Thanks for the information….
Hi Netta, thank you so much for your feedback. It might be time to get the apron on and have a go on making pizza? 🙂 It is actually fun to make and you can experience different styles and toppings.
If you don’t want to invest in a pizza oven, getting a pizza stone would be a great start.
I’ve seen some cooks on videos using the pizza stone and never really knew what’s the point of it. Thanks for explaining that to me. I am actually really intrigued now to get it myself. There’s nothing better than that crisp crust.
I am not sure which one to go for, though. I don’t like the idea of cast iron, isn’t that the same as if I was using the classic iron pan in my oven? What do you think about the cordierite stone and do you have any suggestions on which one to get?
Hi there Dejan, thanks for your comment and interest in a Pizza stone. The cast iron pizza stone is pretty much like a cast iron pan, you are right. It is hard to pick a favorite since they are all really good quality pizza stones, only made from different materials. The cordierite stone is a great choice because you can also use it on the bbq. I love things that I can use in different ways. To read more about my top choices of pizza stones please click here.
I guess, it comes down to your personal preferences.
All the best from Anke