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Can I have my pizza and eat it too? - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Can I have my pizza and eat it too?

    Hi all,

    I came to this site because I was interested in the feasibility of turning my Weber into an outdoor pizza oven. Please hear me out! I'm not crazy (at least I don't think I am!)

    I've made grilled pizza on many occasions (with a pizza stone) and had encouraging results (however, with the Weber dome down all the way the pizzas always came out too smoky!) and that experience got me thinking of an outdoor wood burning pizza oven. The only problem is that they are not very portable and have to be a permanent fixture of the backyard. So my thoughts went back to the Weber. I started wondering if the "dome" of my Weber could be cut to give a reasonable pizza oven "like" experience.

    I realize the Weber "dome" does not have the same thermal properties as a brick oven but any way to improve that without adding too much weight? (So the loads don't exceed the capacity of the Weber's somewhat flimsy legs) What about a ceramic blanket over the dome? A friend recently gave me his Weber so I have some more material and could make an inner and outer dome if need be-with some kind of insulating material in between. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Re: Can I have my pizza and eat it too?

    Hey Wacky Racer,

    You might get your questions answered by reading through these two links.



    These guys made ovens that are portable and make good food.

    I don't have much in the way of opinion on the Weber idea. Many folks report good results, like you, with using a pizza stone in the BBQ. Maye a switch to propane will cut the smoky flavor?

    Good luck with your project, and keep us posted with what ever you end up doing. Maybe we can learn from you work... pictures are good.



    • #3
      Re: Can I have my pizza and eat it too?

      Little Black Egg or LBE.


      • #4
        Re: Can I have my pizza and eat it too?

        I think PizzaPolice might be referring to the "Big Green Egg" Big Green Egg, World's Best Smoker and Grill

        Like PizzaPolice, the "egg" is the first thing that popped into my head after reading Wacky's idea. If you've never seen an "Egg" they have a heavy ceramic dome lid. Looks like a Weber lid, but a LOT heavier.

        It might do exactly what you want with pizza. This guy's BGE pizza looks pretty good to me: Pizza Hints and Tips -- Naked Whiz Ceramic Charcoal Cooking

        Here's another BGE Pizza: John Wilkin?s blog My first Big Green Egg Pizza

        A lot of folks swear by the BGE but they are pricey. I think I can outsmoke anyone with my low budget Weber Smokey Mountain .
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