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KettlePizza - First Time Firing it Up (UPDATE - 2nd Attempt)
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MacEggs
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04 13 10:52 pm    Post subject: KettlePizza - First Time Firing it Up (UPDATE - 2nd Attempt) Reply with quote

I've been getting lots of inspiration from a number of threads.

I decided to use the baskets I made, with some unlit lump in them.
Poured a full Weber chimney of lit lump on that, and some apple wood.
I ended up adding 2 more slabs of apple wood later.








I used another grate on the top part with fire brick.




The pizza stone I used is a kiln shelf that I picked up at a pottery supply store.
Measures 15½" in diameter, and ⅝" thick. Can handle temps over 2000°.






Now ... to the pizza. I really got some learning to do when it comes to working pizza dough.
Should have paid more attention to Roxy when he was making his pies ... Confused Crying or Very sad
Picked up a 2 lb bag from a local Italian bakery. It's good stuff! And, good price. Smile






Decided to use these screens to place the pizza on.
14" diameter ... makes sliding the pizza off the peel very easy. Also very easy to get it back on the peel.




The first pie, the unit was getting hot, but, not hot enough ... that's when I added the extra wood.
It then got up to 700°. The second and third pies cooked very fast. Gotta keep an eye on them.














These pies were excellent! I am looking forward to the next time, already.

The KP accessory is a fun unit. A great invention for us kettle enthusiasts. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04 13 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they all look great
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those do look tasty!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for looking, everyone! Very Happy

I went out to clean the kettle and do some inspection.
Here are some pics. Used a plastic scraper to get this stuff off. Came off rather easy.








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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool and nice looking pies. No danger of that pizza stone cracking, that's for sure. Good price on the dough, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Griffin!
I've got a long way to go for getting a nice round pie, but that's part of the fun. Very Happy

I first got the idea for a kiln shelf when I was doing a google search.
Found a forum that suggested the following site. But I didn't like their shipping quotes.

http://www.axner.com/cordierite-kiln-shelves.aspx

So, I found something closer to home.

http://www.pshcanada.com/kiln-furn.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac nice pie...little funny shaped but I'm sure it was tasty none the less!

I cook mine directly on fire brick splits. Full thinness firebricks are less than 2$ a brick.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good lookin pies. Thursday will be pizza night @ my house.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MacEggs wrote:
Thanks for looking, everyone! Very Happy

I went out to clean the kettle and do some inspection.
Here are some pics. Used a plastic scraper to get this stuff off. Came off rather easy.










Well.....there's the problem right there.....easy to spot.....


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice...

I guess I missed the invite.

I can see I am going to have to show you how to get round... Cool Wink Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

roxy wrote:
Nice...

I guess I missed the invite.

I can see I am going to have to show you how to get round... Cool Wink Razz


Roxy I was thinking the same thing.... Laughing Marks pie's look great ...just a little out of round. Laughing Laughing

I guess they taste the same no matter what the shape...neat little pizza oven convertor.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac, pizza dough is easy to make. High hydration dough required no kneading and yields fantastic results.

I take a simplified variation of Tom's recipe on his website and just do water, flour, yeast.

http://brokebrick.com/pizzaanarchy.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZijxqShyew
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for looking, guys!
Thanks for the links, Inner10. I definitely want to try making it some time.
For now, since I'm just starting out, I might buy it for awhile ... especially at that price.

I got lucky with that KP adaptor ... Found it on Kijiji for the bargain price of $60.
It's the base model, which is listed on the site for $150. Then factor in shipping. I like a good deal. Very Happy


roxy wrote:
Nice...

I guess I missed the invite.

I can see I am going to have to show you how to get round... Cool Wink Razz


My first time, buddy .... I don't normally like guests over for the maiden voyage.
Will definitely get you here so you can show me more of your pizza making skills. Very Happy Cool
Now, I guess it's my turn to make promises about getting you here for pizza. Razz Razz Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08 13 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac, not sure how this slipped past me. Embarassed

Those are some good looking pies and cool looking rig. Very Happy

You can worry about round next time, besides looks, seems kinda un-important, if it really bothers you, I'll take all the out of round ones. Wink Laughing
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GF wrote:
Mac, not sure how this slipped past me. Embarassed

Those are some good looking pies and cool looking rig. Very Happy

You can worry about round next time, besides looks, seems kinda un-important, if it really bothers you, I'll take all the out of round ones. Wink Laughing


Come on.. I got to bust his balls a wee bit.. I put on a pizza making session and he was too busy drinkin beers and eating them to take a note or two.. Wink

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=64152
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08 13 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roxy, you would be remiss in your duties not to bust em some. Laughing

On the other hand,

I can't blame him for drinking beer and stuffing his face and missing the lesson. Shocked

I'm sure it will all work out sooner or later. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08 13 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did you get those screens? i need to get one of those
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08 13 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, GF! Roxy can bust my b@lls all he wants ... I can take it ...
Besides, I have 2 older brothers around his age that razzed me lots growing up.
They don't like it so much when I do it back to them, though. Razz Razz Laughing Wink


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Where did you get those screens? i need to get one of those


I got them at a warehouse / bulk store ... kinda like a Costco, but, no membership needed.
They have some restaurant supplies there, too. Picked up the peel there, as well.
They're nice, cuz you only need one peel, and a few of the screens. Cost around $4 each.
Check a restaurant supply store.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08 13 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfectly round pies are over rated! As long as the diameter is roughly uniform you are golden. Artisan pies should look the part!

Lots of yummm factor there!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08 13 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The he!! with these guys, Mac! Most pizza joints are making square slabs of dough now anyway.

P.S. Do you deliver?
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