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theboycalledleaf

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First tentative steps toward pizza
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:26:49 PM »
Okay, I was given an 18 inch performer with a broken shelf / tray. I removed the broken tray, welded some flat bar to the tubular frame and mounted some wood to make a custom shelf.
I also made the lid cut mod as it was a freebie and fixed the grill to the lid to raise the height of the pizza stone.
I used a chimney of charcoal to get things going and added firewood from my log store to raise the temperature. I think I put my homemade dough and sauce pizza on too soon as it was way too smokey. We ate a good portion though.
As a first time experiment, it worked. The dough rose, the bottom cooked and the crust charred.  Next time, wait longer for the smoke to die down and a less thin sauce.
The point is, it worked!!! The principle is there, it just needs tuning. As a project, I loved making it, especially as I'm a novice to welding too.
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MikeRocksTheRed

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 12:58:36 PM »
Sounds cool!  Got any pics to share?  Pizza does take a few cooks or more to really dial in.  It's a fun hobby!
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theboycalledleaf

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 01:05:04 PM »
I cooked in the dark with a head torch. No pizza pic's but I'll post one of my weber pizza mod when it's daylight. Maybe that's why it was a semi success? Daylight is over rated!
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varekai

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 02:50:20 PM »
Cant wait to see some pics.... pizzas are fun to make.  GOOD JOB!!!
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Travis

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2017, 11:34:08 PM »
Sounds great! Post some pics so we can see this custom cooker!


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theboycalledleaf

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2017, 09:55:31 AM »


Finally the clocks have changed and I've had some time to play in daylight with the 18 inch pizza oven.

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theboycalledleaf

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2017, 09:57:08 AM »


Less smokey, but now need more heat. It takes some dialing in but I'm happy to experiment!

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varekai

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2017, 07:39:59 PM »
Looks like your doing alright!!  Love your table, looks great.
CGA,GGA, jumbo joe, 3-18" kettles,22" blue,green,yellow and 2 reds, 1-22" lid mod for pizza, a genesis silver,2 Red SS Performers,2 26ers,1 red, 1 chief and a Ranch Kettle.

JEBIV

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2017, 02:55:30 AM »
love that table mod
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jdefran

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2017, 07:06:50 AM »
Cool setup and nice work! For increased heat you can widen the intake slots on the bowl; you'd still be able to use the ash sweeper in that case. Maybe opening the top vent would create better draft and hotter fire as well.

Davescprktl

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Re: First tentative steps toward pizza
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2017, 06:30:59 PM »
Looks good to me.  Nice table!
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