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lksdrinker

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baking steel lid. does it help?
« on: October 11, 2018, 01:17:20 PM »
So anyone have any experience with a kettle pizza?  I'm specifically wondering whether the deluxe version (or whatever their highest end product is) with the baking steel might help with some better pizzas.  I have a KP and am really enjoying using it.  But I often find that I wish the cheese and top part of the pies I'm making were a little more well done.  Cant seem to find that sweet spot just yet and I wonder if that baking steel "lid" would help.  If the general consensus is "yes" (which I'm imagining it will be), anyone have any suggestions on how to accomplish the same thing without spending over $100 for just that piece from KP's website?
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HoosierKettle

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Re: baking steel lid. does it help?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 01:36:10 PM »
I donít have a steel but I wonít make one on the kettle again unless I get one. My inside gas stove makes incredible pizza top and bottom. Making pizza outside is more fun and challenging but my regular oven is so easy and good.


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varekai

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Re: baking steel lid. does it help?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 08:28:26 AM »
That's why I went with my lid mod, it's darn near the perfect set up....
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captjoe06

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Re: baking steel lid. does it help?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 08:57:17 AM »
I just lift the peel up at the end of the cook so the pie is up inside the lid and it browns the cheese and toppings due to the higher heat up there.  Less is more with the toppings as well.  too much sauce or cheese and there's too much moisture to brown.
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HoosierKettle

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baking steel lid. does it help?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 11:02:03 AM »
That's why I went with my lid mod, it's darn near the perfect set up....

This is the route I will go if I return to cooking pizza on the kettle.


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Troy

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Re: baking steel lid. does it help?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 12:28:40 PM »
The baking steel is a must IMo


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BertVentures

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Re: baking steel lid. does it help?
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2018, 03:42:19 AM »
Here's a much cheaper alternative (not as convinient as a steel plate) using ceramic briquettes with your cooking grate, vent shown is optional, you can arrange the briquettes and leave open space for vent anywhere you want and then cover with aluminum foil. You just have to figure out a way to support it on top of your pizza kettle.  Ceramic briquettes will store and radiate more heat in my opinion.

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MacEggs

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Re: baking steel lid. does it help?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2018, 06:41:03 AM »

I now use a piece of sheet aluminum on the upper part that lays on a cooking grate. Works great!

Also cut a piece for @MrHoss . He can attest to its effectiveness.
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