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BakerStone - Pizza Oven Box Kit

Model: O-ABDHX-O-000SKU: 6188378

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A “Gotta Have It” Item for Wood-Fired Pizza Lovers

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    NBCTeach05
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    I admit that I am a bit of a grilled pizza enthusiast (aka nut). It all started when I read an article in my local paper about it. I tried the recipe and became hooked. There is something special about the taste of grilled dough that is so light and airy, rather like freshly cooked lavash from a wood fired oven. But it wasn’t a foolproof process. I ran into challenges of the dough folding over on itself, burning the bottom while the toppings and cheese don’t cook/melt sufficiently, and having to place the dough directly on the dirty grill. Over the years, I tried improving the process by purchasing special pans and utensils. It made it easier for me, but it became costly and there was still a lot of room for improvement. So, when I saw the BakerStone Pizza Oven Box, I said that I had to try it. Inside the box, there is the oven, and a separate box of the stone pieces. You get a dust cover, a pizza turner, and a wooden peel. The dust cover zips up around the oven box. While only made of a light piece of material, at least it offers a token of protection for the oven while not being used. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to get the pizza turner and wooden peel as they make cooking the pizza so much easier. There is some assembly that is required before using the oven box. I accidentally removed more of the stone supports that I was supposed to, but still accomplished everything in less than 30 min. You will need a Philips head screwdriver (and scissors for the pizza turner). I am not great with assembly steps, but I have to say that the product guide directions and pictures were clear, understandable, and easy to follow. Remember to wipe the stones for any debris or residue from assembly once you put everything together. The BakerStone Pizza Oven Box uses three kinds of heat to reach the 500-700 degree goal: convective from the cooking chamber, conductive from the stone itself, and the radiant heat from the top and sides. A frozen pizza will take 7-10 minutes. I make my own homemade dough in the bread machine. That isn’t necessary for the BakerStone Pizza oven. My son used store bought dough and it turned out equally well. You can also use gluten free and wheat pizza dough. The directions are simple: 1. Place the pizza oven on the open grill (that you brush down beforehand), set all burners to HIGH and preheat the oven box for 20 minutes, or until the burner setting on the gas grill reaches the desired temperature range. Based on what you cook, you choose either the oven icon baking zone or the flame icon baking zone. TIP: be sure to have enough propane in the tank to cover the preheating time. 2. Next, dust the wooden pizza peel with flour or cornmeal so the dough doesn’t stick. I used instant corn masa flour and loved it! Tap off the extra before placing the stretched-out dough on top. Add toppings. 3. Once the oven box has reached the desired temperature, insert pizza peel into the oven box and slide the pizza onto the bottom stone. Be careful not to tip the pizza over the edge in the back of the stone. **Don’t lower the lid on the oven box. It restricts the air flow and voids the warranty. 4. Bake for 1 minute or until the crust toasts up so it can be moved. Then use the pizza turner to rotate the pizza about a quarter turn every 45 seconds so it bakes evenly as the back of the oven box is the hottest section. It will only take 2-4 minutes to completely cook the pizza, so don’t choose now to mingle with any guests. 5. After you have made your pizza(s), turn the burners to the OFF position and let the oven box cool for at least 90 minutes. My oven box heated up within the thirty minutes. The end result was fantastic! The food had a nice wood-fired char without being burnt. It looked liked takeout from a restaurant. My family agreed that while I have been making delicious pizza for years, the pizza that came out of the BakerStone Pizza Oven Box was the BEST pizza that I even made. The only CON about this product is the size of the pizza that can be stretched out on the wooden peel is smaller than I typically make. But you don’t only have to use this for pizza. You can cook breads, meats, vegetables, and even baked goods! In addition to three pizzas (margherita, roasted garlic white pizza with chicken, and buffalo chicken pizza) I made a calzone and I cooked several chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet. They all came out great. I plan to make fajitas with grilled vegetables next. **There is a warning NOT to place foods other than pizza or bread dough on the stones. Instead, use a metal baking sheet, or a cast-iron skillet. I used this video link to watch the process and get recipe ideas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CRg6XRrayM One tricky aspect to this product is the amount of handling it entails to move it from the grill and where to store it. The good news is that if you accidentally chip or scratch the stone, it will not affect the performance of the oven box. Luckily, there is a 12-month limited warranty for manufacturing defects. There is a customer service number an email, and a website you can visit for support. I wholehearted recommend the BakerStone Pizza Oen Box. If you need a good gift idea for someone who enjoys cooking and has an outdoor grill, run to the store and buy them one. While you are at it, get one for yourself. You won’t be sorry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Beware the back ledge of "pizza doom"

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    ShawnInKB
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    It looks great (initially), but does require 15-20 mins of assembly, is a bit bulky and not sure the pizza is any better than with a much less expensive and easy to store pizza stone. The concept is sound that a mostly enclosed 4 sided pizza stone "box" would cook more evenly, but I made 8 pizzas for a group of people and had varying results. Heat time - 4 burner grill (removed the flavor bars according to instructions) and it took about 20-25 mins to get up to 600+ degrees. Fit just fine on the grill. Opening is a little small - tip - do not make a pizza bigger than 12-14". Most of the pizzas we made the crust was cooked perfectly using a 1 minute to set, then turn every 30-45 secs (the back is much hotter than the front so this is a must do step). The crust was the only great part though. The dough wasn't fully cooked on top and the toppings didn't get hot enough either. Leaving it in any longer though and then you burn the crust... 2 of the pizzas were completely destroyed - 1 was an error of not enough flour as the pizza kept sticking to the peel and then the stone. Once it got stuck on the stone it was pretty much a train wreck from there - ingredients, sauce, cheese, Canadian bacon, peppers, you name it all got stuck on the stone. Waited a bit for those to melt on to a nice crispy blackness and then scraped off what I could with the pizza spatula, but because it is mostly enclosed this is very difficult. Also - DO NOT PUSH THE PIZZA IN TOO FAR! 2nd pizza fatality happened when it slid too far to the back where there is actually an open 2-inch ledge and the edge of the pizza bent over it and immediately heated in place. The part hanging off the back ledge then broke off while trying to get the pizza back out and to turn it. Why is this ledge of doom there?? Next pizza was going well until the couple inches of pizza from the above doom ledge that broke off caught on fire. I will try to clean the stone (not sure how well that can be accomplished as it's a total mess now - see pic) and give it another try, but after my first party with it and 8 pizzas, not impressed. I think it needs a lid or door for the front to allow it to cook the top of the pizza better and it would be nice to be able to lift it open to clean the stone and see and avoid that back ledge of pizza doom when putting the pizza in. Some newbie advice: Do not make pizzas on a metal tray/cookie tin - apparently that is essentially pizza dough “glue” and you will wreck your pizza trying to get it off the tin. Put plenty of flour and/or corn meal on the wooden pizza peel or they won’t come off and slide easily in the oven. Do not put too many toppings or make them too thick/heavy. A) you can’t get them of the pizza peel easily and B) your crust will burn way before the toppings cook/cheese fully melts etc. Overall a bit tough to use and made quite a mess with some average and catastrophic pizza results.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You know its great when you need more Propane

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    OmieOne
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    You read that right, ran out of propane after getting this setup and on the grill. We were running through pizza dough just enjoying the lovely crisp brick over type pizza that I ran out of propane and had to make a run for more because this is too fun to stop. So if you want to have fun making pizza this is the thing. ************** Setup - Setup was fairly striaght forward. Unscrew a few things, slot in the stones (can only fit one way which is nice) and screw everything back. Took us about 10 minutes. After a quick wipe down of the stone your good to go. It was nice they also included a very good wooden peel. Nice and thick and the right size, as well as a metal offset to move and rotate the pizza. That is absolutely vital and I'm glad they added it otherwise it would be much harder to pizza. Open your grill, take off the flame redirectors to help get the heat into the grill and leave it on your grill until it reaches temp. ******************* Use - Very easy to use. I do recommend flouring the peel and the bottom of the dough before putting it on the peel. We made the pizza on the peel to save an extra move, but not necessary. The tricky part that takes a pizza is the getting the pizza off the peel and into the oven without folding it over. Did that on the first pizza, but learned my lesson and was better on everyone since then. They recommend and I agree once you get in the oven let it set for a minute for the dough to set. That did make things easier. Even if I didn't position it perfectly, I let it sit for a minute, after that the offset metal spatula made it easy to move around and rotate in the box. It only takes a few minutes to get nice and crispy pies. This makes thing simple, just have extra propane on hand before you start since you might run out. It is solidly built and sturdy and seems it will last many pizza nights at our house. Even comes with a nice cover once it cools for storage. Only thing is its fairly heavy and you can expect for all that stone and the handles on the side I wish were a bit deeper. Thats the only knock and honestly it isn't anything that would keep me from getting it. This is an awesome device if you want a mini brick oven on your grill. We had a lot of fun and I know many more pizza nights will be had and considering how quick this turns out pizza, I just love it and I'm sure you will too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Detailed Review - Great Restaurant Style Pizza!

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    JoeBlow25
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    We rarely order in pizza at home anymore and have been making pizza in our oven using a pizza stone for over 7 years now. What's great about this is that you can put on any toppings you want, any kind of cheese in whatever quantities you like. The downside of this has been that the crust is never quite as good as what a restaurant with a proper pizza oven is able to do. Nice and crisp on the outside and soft and bread-like inside. The BakerStone addresses this and does it well. We have a 4 burner propane grill (3 regular burners and one infrared). The BakerStone box fits perfectly over the 3 regular burners. It was sunny and about 75 degrees outside and with the BBQ lid open and all 3 regular burners on max (as instructed) the BakerStone took about 25 minutes to reach about 700 degrees in the back of the box (measured using an IR thermometer). This corresponds to the BakerStone temperature dial being in the last 3rd of the "Flame" area of the dial. While the back of the box was around 700, the front was around 450-500, so it is important to rotate the pizzas frequently while baking. I can see that if I tried to use this in colder weather, it is very likely I would need to close the BBQ lid to reach 700 degrees. We used the included "basic" pizza dough recipe and the included wooden pizza peel to put the pizza in the box. One thing we found was that even though we started with a round pizza on the peel, the act of launching the pizza into the box deforms most of the pizzas to be more of an oval shape. Not a big deal, just something to be aware of. This may improve with practice as well. Our pizzas took about 6 minutes to cook and the result really was what you would expect to get from a restaurant pizzeria. Perfect crust and perfectly cooked toppings. Clean up is easy, just keep the burners on for 15 more minutes after the last pizza to cook off any debris and push it to the back. The stones will stain, but this is normal. All in all, a great product for those that want restaurant pizza at home, but don't want to pay the cost and space for a dedicated pizza oven.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A party in a box that can do more than pizza

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    MrBill250
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    Assembly was easy and took just 10 minutes. I removed the flavor bars from my grill beneath where I was to put the pizza oven. I put the oven on a cold grill and set the burners to max. It was ready in 15 minutes. My grill can put out 70,000 BTU, more than average grills. Smaller grills will likely take a bit longer. No worry as there is an easy to read temp gauge on top so you know when it reaches the right temp. Once up to temp you can cook a pizza in a few minutes. You can’t set it and forget it, have to tend to turn the pizza quite a bit. Not a problem since it cooks so fast. Spinning the pizza with it in the oven takes some finesse since there is not much room on the sides left to work with. But the technique is not hard to pick up. Use some cornmeal on the stone before setting the pizza on it. It avoids sticking and makes the pizza easier to spin in the oven. Making pizza dough takes allot more time than you might think due to waiting periods for the dough to rest. I read the manual a few days ahead of time and while on vacation I could allow for it. For future weekend parties when time is more limited, I will try the dough at my supermarket bakery or pick some up from a pizza place Since it is lined with real stone, It’s a bit heavy. It’s easy enough to get a secure grip on it to move, but still not something you want to move far very often. You’ll need a sturdy place to store it when not in use. I’ll probably continue to keep mine on the grill since it fits under my lid. I’ll move it off to a heavy wood table close by when not in use. The small counter hanging off some grills may not be strong enough, or the weight may tip some small grills. The paint is holding up just perfectly fine after a few uses. Don’t bang or drag it to avoid damaging the finish or cracking a stone. There’s nothing else to really break or go wrong. It should last a very long time. Pros: • Excellent quality • High end appearance • Quick and easy to assemble • Good weight. Heavy enough to cook evenly, but not overdone. • Cooks pizza fast. • Fun! A cool conversation pieces. Something different everyone can get into. • It’s a great value. Everything you need to cook a pizza is in the box except for the pizza of course. Cons: • If you have much topping or cheese spillage, it can slow you down. Scrape it best you can and let the residue burn off the food and you should be good after a few minutes. Calling this a “Pizza” Oven sells it short. It’s a party in a box that can cook so much more than pizza. I thought it would be great for small get together, which it is. But I can’t wait to try cooking other things in it. I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product but takes practice

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    cusedice
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    Love this BakerStone Oven Pizza Kit for making pizza! This is a great option that allows you to make homemade pizza in the hot summer without heating up the house with the oven. It definitely takes practice though and the instructions aren't entirely helpful. The instructions say to "dust" the pizza peel with flour. That's the large wooden spatula that comes in this kit. However, if you're using fresh dough from the store or a bakery, it will be somewhat sticky. You don't need to "dust" the pizza peel with flour, you need to cover it in flour and then add cornmeal for good measure. Even with that, you'll still have to very carefully use the metal spatula that came with the kit to get the pizza in to the oven. After about 30 seconds, you can easily move the pizza inside the oven, but getting it in is tough. Couple of tips: 1) use flatbread if possible or a pre-made pizza crust that is partially frozen. The instructions say to "launch" the pizza into the oven, but when it's fresh dough, it's too sticky for that to work, 2) If you're using fresh dough, make the pizzas smaller. The oven can handle up to a 14" pizza but you won't be able to get it off the peel unless you followed step 1. With fresh dough, forget it. The smaller the pie is the better it will slide off. 3) The instructions say 4-5 minutes to cook but just watch it closely. I found that mine took about 7-8 min to be fully cooked. We made 5 pizzas, and the first two were a little rough, but the last 3 were awesome. The first one was too big, the second was too thick. The last 3 were smaller and thinner, and we loaded up the peel with cornmeal and flour for those. The oven itself is well built, but it does take some effort to put together and un-box. This wasn't something I expected so be prepared to do some work and assemble the oven. It also uses a lot of propane. I have a 3 burner Weber Spirit grill and it took about 25 minutes to get the oven preheated to the temperature to cook pizza. I had to leave the burners on full blast to keep it at temperature. Essentially, the grill was on full blast for 45-60 minutes. I had a fresh tank and it used about 25% of it for the pizzas. Overall, this is a really cool item if you like making homemade pizza and don't want to heat up the house while doing it. Your best bet is to get the flatbread type of pizzas or the ones that pre-made and have a little bit of rigidity to them. If you use fresh dough to make the pizzas, be prepared for some challenges in transferring it from the peel to the oven. I do love this oven and look forward to using it for other things such as cookies and bread. It's got a lot of potential and works very well once you get the hang of it. I highly recommend this to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pizza parlor at home!

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    GH06903
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    I was really skeptical about this Pizza oven since I’ve never been able to make a pizza that tasted any better than a frozen pizza. In order to give this the best possible chance, I decided to do everything by the book using the included recipes in the owner’s manual. Unboxing the product was fairly straight forward. I was a little annoyed that I had to take the product apart to put in the pizza stones, but once I did, it went together fairly quickly. The unit itself is pretty heavy, but not outrageous. It came with a wooden peel and a pizza spatula which were both high quality. The whole kit is very high quality. I set about using the included dough recipe. Make sure you have a day to do it since the dough has to rest a few times before it’s completed and then has to rest at least 4 hours once everything is mixed. We have a very high quality mixer with a dough hook which had a very difficult time doing the whole amount. I would recommend cutting the recipe in half for the first time out. I ended up with enough dough to make 8 small pizzas. The pizza oven itself sat perfectly on my 4 burner grill and warmed up to ready in about 15 minutes. My wife and I put together our 1st pizza and put it in the oven. Following the directions carefully, we turned the pizza with the included spatula 1/4 turn every 30 seconds or so. THis isn’t like baking a pizza in your oven, so it cooks very quickly. I was amazed at how much this pizza was like anything we have gotten from a pizza parlor. The dough tasted like real pizza dough, not bread, and the crust was cooked evenly and thouroughly. In addition, we really enjoyed putting it all together. It ended up being family project that my wife and kids had fun with. I can’t say that I would use this everytime I want pizza, based on the work it takes to make the dough, but certainly on a weekend when we have the time, this is preferable to takeout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for fun times with family and friends!

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    Kotor
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    This Pizza Oven Box is great for backyard pizza parties and fun times with family and friends. It is VERY well made of quality components and is well suited for its primary task, which is to get very hot to cook homemade pizzas. Home oven do not get hot enough to properly cook a pizza, and this product is able to do so using an innovative design. On my grill, the oven took about 20 minutes to reach the necessary temperature as indicated by the top-mounted gauge. It then took about 12 minutes to cook a pizza to my tastes. On a side note, remember that you need enough propane to power your grill on full blast for the duration of the burn. Also, don’t underestimate the bulk and weight of this oven. It is not flimsy (necessarily so) and will take at least one able-bodied adult to handle and move. This can be a factor unless you plan to leave it on your outdoor grill most of the time. I did not test it this way, but I don’t see why it can’t be used as a general purpose oven to cook chicken, beef, etc. if that suits your needs. This Pizza Oven Box is an excellent product that is perfect for lovers of homemade pizza that have the time to invest in the required process. My girlfriend and I enjoyed shopping for the ingredients (dough, cheese, sauce, toppings) and preparing them for baking. If that person is you, then this pizza oven is the best way, short of installing a commercial grade pizza oven, to get restaurant quality pizza in your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much More Than Just a Pizza Oven!

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    SwigglesMilam
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    I cook at least 80 percent of my evening meals on grills, year-round, and have done so for at least 15 years. When I saw the Pizza Oven Box Kit, I thought it would be a great addition to my grilling needs and that the BakerStone would allow me to cook pizzas and similar type dishes outdoors. I like to bake low carb soft tortillas in my kitchen convection oven with cheese, pepperoni and various garden vegetables, and I’m often experimenting with low carb cookies and breads. I expected this to have similarities to a brick pizza oven, but I had no idea of the vast array of food items that could be cooked with speed and to perfection in this stone oven. There is minor assembly with the Pizza Oven Box, but it is so simple that I didn’t even find the directions until after I had assembled the product. The item is packaged so well that I could have used the directions to unpack the stone pieces, because I did not want to break them unboxing the oven. I happened to have opened the wrong end from where the directions are packed, and between the bottom of the box and me were layers of Styrofoam, the oven and accessory pieces, and the stones. I wish that there had been some indication on the packaging as to which end to open first in order to find the instructional literature. I have a propane 3 burner Sport’s Grill that I haven’t been using, so I removed a similar size grilling box that is a removable part of that grill and replaced it with the Pizza Oven. With no heat deflectors between the Pizza Oven and the burners, the Pizza Oven temperature gauge began to heat up very quickly and reached near maximum temperature on the gauge within 6-8 minutes. The first item that I cooked was a pizza. Having used Pizza stones in the oven for years, I’m use to a nice crust. But the Pizza Box made the entire pizza as perfectly cooked as the bottom of the crust cooks when just using a pizza stone in the oven. The whole pizza cooked to perfection in about 7 minutes. The next evening, I decided to grill vegetables. I did so by using a pizza pan with olive oil and the vegetables sautéed perfectly in about 4 minutes. I cook a lot of salmon on the grill and it usually takes 20-25 minutes. On the pizza pan, my Salmon grilled to perfection in about 9 minutes. That worked so well that I thought I would try baking oatmeal cookies and they turned out as good or better than any cookie that I have ever baked in my convection ovens. I now have my Pizza Box set up on the 3-burner sports grill next to my other grill. Between the two, I have the capabilities to cook an entire gourmet meal that combines grilling and baking. This BakerStone is so very much more than just a pizza oven! Limitations on what food dishes to prepare are few, because if you can dream up the recipe, I believe you could have success with most of them turning into great dishes to serve.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More than pizza!

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    JakeNH
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    This oven is a great addition to my grill! I was hesitant at first, having never used something like this before but once I had it out of the box and assembled it was really straightforward. Setup: - I have a Weber Genesis II 3 burner grill, 26 in. wide and 20 in. deep - the oven fits very well on this surface with about 2.5 in. of space on each side. The oven requires that you have some space around the sides for proper air flow. - The only real minor issue I have come across is it take a little longer to heat the oven to the proper temp, but my grill does need to be cleaned out so it's probably my fault. To compensate for this I turned on the sear burner on the grill and it helped speed up the process. Cooking: - My first attempt was with the obvious, a pizza! I bought pre made dough from the grocery store along with cheese and pizza sauce, nothing fancy. I used too much dough on my first try but the pizza still came out tasting amazing - exactly what I would expect from a wood fired oven. I need to perfect my pizza making but the oven did its part without fail. - My second attempt I cooked thick bone-in, pork chops. I purchased some cast iron plates to cook them in the oven on. I was completely blown away by how fast and evenly they cooked! At about 6 minutes I simply rotated the plates (carefully) 180 degrees and cooked for another 6. They smelled awesome and they tasted amazing! This is by no means a "set it and forget it" oven, you need to pay attention to your food and rotate as the hottest part of the oven is at the rear. I would also advise you to get some high temp oven mitts for safety. I'll be working on cooking other meats and getting better at pizza, but overall a great way to cook food outdoors! Highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Use and Works Pretty Well

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    SamG
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    There isn’t much to the Bakerstone oven and that’s one of the best things about it. You set it on the grill, wait for it to get up to temp, and that’s it. I found myself waiting around for it to heat up a lot longer than I expected, but I suspect that is more an issue with my grill than the oven. Overall we were pretty happy with the results. The box includes the oven, a wooden pizza peel, a metal pizza turner, and a case for storage. There is some assembly required in the form of assembling the stones, but it only took about 15 minutes to put together and the instructions are pretty straight forward. After assembling I set it on my grill and turned all 4 burners on high. There’s a temperature indicator on the top of the oven and for pizza it needs to reach the flame icon. The instructions said this would take about 20 minutes, but it ended up being close to an hour for me and the needle only ever just got to the line between baking and pizza temperature. This may again be an issue with my grill; the FAQ section in the instructions recommended removing any extra ‘heat tents’ between the burners and the oven and I will definitely try that next time, but I wish that was in the initial instructions. We made a couple of pizzas and they turned out pretty great. Because I wasn’t able to get the temperature as high as I wanted I did have to bake them a little bit longer, but neither one took more than 10 minutes to bake. You can make all kinds of other things in it too, though the opening is really only big enough for a small pizza. Still, it’s nice to be able to get outside and do things like that, especially in the summertime when you’re trying to keep the house cool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stone baked pizza at home!!

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    Fordman9870
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    My first impression of the Bakerstone was very good, I removed it from the box and had it together in a few minutes. In my opinion, I think the Metal could have been a gauge higher as it seemed pretty thin. But adequate. It still makes me wonder what the condition of the metal will be after a few seasons of use. Once I had the unit together. It felt solid. I placed it on my Charbroil grill and turned on all four burners to high. The heat quickly started to rise. When the gauge said it was ready I had my girls grab a premade pizza crust I had made earlier. I had an assembly line ready for them to go, starting with pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives and mushrooms (they passed on the last two) I placed them one at a time on the rack, I let it set up for about 35 seconds, then using the supplied pizza turner, for about 30 seconds a side. I made 2 or 3 rotations and the first one was done, The second one was much the same, But you may want to use the turner to clean up any spills as it will burn and cook into subsequent pizzas. After cooking the pizzas, I let the stone cool for about 45 minutes then scrapped it clean, put the included dust cover back on for storage. My girls and I really like the pizza, I look forward to using a skillet for Salmon and Steaks in the next few weeks!! I would recommend this to family and friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes Great Pizza

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    elitegangsta
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    I was surprised BestBuy sells these, but I am glad I gave this a shot, this pizza oven is fantastic! This product requires some assembly before use. Expect about 45 minutes to an hour before you can actually use it. Do not begin if hungry! You need to assemble the actual stone as well as spatula. Assembly is simple though requires some small phillips screws. I decided to make my own pizza from scratch vs store bought. The oven itself fit perfectly on my grille. I removed the heat spreaders (per instruction) and had no issues getting to temp. There is a dial on the top that shows you when it is ready for baking. Pizza should be nice a flowered on the bottom when using the wooden pizza peel so that you can "launch" the pizza into the oven. Mine took about 15 minutes until golden brown. I used the supplied spatula to remove from over. Pizza was perfectly cooked. cheese evenly melted and crust was perfect blend of crisp and soft. This thing takes a while to cool down so don't be in a rush to remove from the grille. I decided to close mine and store it inside the grille itself. I have not made anything other than pizza so far. Overall this does a fantastic job cooking pizza alone. The manual also includes pizza recopies and give some other ideas on alternative things to cook using this oven.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Restaurant Quality Pizza

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    ChrisS
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    I have always been a fan of homemade pizza so was very excited to get this pizza oven. For those of you that don't know, most restaurant pizza is cooked at 900 degrees, but most home ovens can only reach 550 degrees. I have been trying for years to get a higher temperature by cooking pizza on a stone on the grill. I have been able to get the stone up to 900 but when I cooked the pizza the toppings and cheese don't melt before the crust is done. This pizza oven solves that problem! The design of this oven basically creates a box made out of baking stones, so when heated, it provides heat to the top and bottom of the pizza. There is also an opening at the back of the box that allows the heat to convect upward and over the pizza. I bought 8 pizza doughs from our Italian deli and had a family pizza party. Here is what I learned about this pizza oven. First, pay close attention to the thermometer. I thought that getting more heat would make it cook better but the gauge went all the way around and back to cool because I heated it too much. When too hot, the crust blackens instantly and you cannot use parchment or it will immediately burn and stick to the dough. The best temperature is hotter than the oven (the thermometer uses pictures) and about half way through the fire. At that temperature you can still use parchment to get the pizza in the oven, and then take it out in about 30 seconds after the dough starts cooking. The second piece of advice about the stone is to rotate the pizza. If your grill is on, then heat will be coming in the back vent of the pizza oven and it will brown and cook faster in the back. The turner that comes with it works great for rotating the pizza as you cook it and will help it cook more evenly. Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of pizza that I can make in this pizza oven and would highly recommend this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Expend your Grilling horizon with Pizza!

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    CrysisComplex
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    I hardly ever review products like this but man this pizza box delivers. My family loves this thing so much everytime I grill they ask me to bring out Bakerstone. I spent the better part of two weeks trying this out and it works out wonderful. Summer has never been better. The first trick here is to make sure you have a 4 burner grill otherwise it will not get hot enough at all. First off the BakerStone Pizza Oven Box Kit looks good and would fit in with any design of the grill. The box also cooks the pizza quickly and evenly. After about heating the box up for about 15-30 mins, each pizza takes 5 mins and its done. This is the best way I have ever cooked pizza in my life. Once off the grill, it tastes very delicious. Know your grill and you should be fine on baking it perfectly each time. While it's mainly for pizza you can cook Fish, Veggies, PERFECT FOR COOKIES, and Roast meat. It comes with everything you need to pull the pizza out of the oven but my downside to this grill is that it's pretty tough to clean out. Other then that its an amazing product to me. All of this product really depends on your skills as a cook on the grill, You have to keep checking on the pizza. The product itself isn't the failure as much as you have to get used to using it. I love it and would recommend to anyone who wants to expand their grilling efforts and make fantastic pizza. I was personally skeptical about this product but was vastly proved wrong. Indeed going to buy one for my friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    JUST LIKE THE REAL THING!

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    DAHinAZ
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    At the outset, let me say that we were AMAZED at how authentic our pizzas turned out ... all in about 4 minutes in the pizza box on the BBQ. The crust was crisp but not hard, all of our toppings were cooked real well. Amazed at how HOT the oven got being on top of our BBQ. Because of the oven's size, it's difficult (...not impossible...) to make more than 1 small pizza at a time. I'm going to try rectangular pizzas in the future to see if I can cook more than 1 at a time. What I didn't like were the instructions and the 30 minutes it took to disassemble then reassemble the oven, making it ready for use. While "logic dictates" that all the styrofoam had to be removed from the internal portions of the oven before "stone" assembly and use, it would be nice if there was a mention of what to do with the styrofoam in the instructions. The BakerStone - Pizza Oven Box Kit went together pretty easy (...except as noted above...) and was easy to use. The BOX got hot on the BBQ rather quickly, which surprised me. SUGGESTION FOR IMPROVEMENT ... make the internal portion of the oven TALLER. The 3 1/2 to 4 inch height was a little narrow while trying to rotate the pizza during cooking ... plus ... there was the threat of getting burned during the process. A bit higher would eliminate these issues. Overall a GREAT PRODUCT and I would recommend to anyone with an outdoor BBQ! I have already told a group of my friends, and one couple used to own a pizza shop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    For pizza fanatics

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    Luis
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    It’s clear that you are thinking to buy this oven because you have an interest in doing your own pizza party in your patio and you own a nice size barbecue, otherwise this is not for you. If you know the difference between cooking in an electric or gas oven versus doing it in a convectional oven and if you admire how the stones can prepare the pizza to a level like the Plazza Nabonna (Italy), this is a must have product for your house. I never intended to be a good cook so I didn’t try up to know baking my own pizza so all my tests have been with the artisanal pizza available in a near store and I can confirm that the level obtained is over the average with a seamless bake in the entire pizza. Couple of recommendations: the pizza should have the right size or you risk to introduce it too much up to the back of the oven where the heat is directly arriving from the barbeque (your pizza burns if goes to the direct fire). You should regularly turn the pizza to make sure that the crust is evenly cooked. Finally, you should not care at all of how dirty the stones are after cooking your pizzas, cleaning it to avoid old food and bacteria is fine but the stones are not going to be perfectly clean and white as the first day. A final consideration, the oven should be mounted and you will need 5 to 15 minutes and a Phillips screwdriver. The instructions are clear enough in an ikea-kind-of manual but depending you comfort level with the tool be smart and plan ahead.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for a patio pizza party

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    Nabob
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    After hearing about the BakerStone oven, the first thing I noticed about the item was the weight (28 lbs). After unpacking it and reading the directions on how to use it, we planned our first pizza party this weekend. Over the years, I've cooked pizza on the grill (right on the grill). It was great pizza, but it I had to watch the dough closely so it wouldn't burn. With the BakerStone, you can now have that great grilled pizza taste by way of an even surface for a consistent heat. The first couple of pizzas took a little practice to figure out how to rotate the pizza and determine when it was done. We quickly got the hang of it and the rest of the pizzas that night were great. Pizza parties are great for both kids and adults as everyone can make their own pizza with the toppings they want. It doesn't matter that you don't all eat together - it's just part of the fun. We find that extra wine comes in handy as we cooked one pizza after another. The downside of the BakerStone is the weight and how you store it. For now, we're going to keep it on the grill and just take it off the grill for when we grill burgers, steaks or other non-pizza dinners. I'd say the product delivers as promised.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Pizza Box with the Fun Factor!!

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    Indiaj0nes
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    What's in the box ----------------- BakerStone pizza oven box Basics pizza turner Basics wooden pizza peel Pros ---- 1. Great Innovative product will turn your rusting grill into a pizza oven 2. Simple construction, nothing to fail 3. dont have to heat up the whole kitchen by using the oven inside when you can use it outside 4. inexpensive 5. Its fun Cons --- 1. Takes some time to preheat 2. Need to keep rotating the pizza to make it evenly heat up Review ------ I think its a great concept. I know most of you having homes have a grill and even though you may not use it often, its become a prestige thing, you just need to have it on your deck. So, I am not bing into meat eating so my grill is totally rusting away. Then, i got this to make some pizzas. Once i got my friends and organized a make your own pizza party, got some dough from the local pizzaria and other ingredients like the tomato sauce, cheese toppings etc and had everyone make their own pizza, it was a lot of fun! I think this thing adds a fun value as well to it since you are doing this outdoor. Love the product!! 5 star!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great grill acecssory!

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    Samson
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    I've been getting more and more interested in making my own pizzas since I have been doing more and more outdoor cooking on the grill. I've looked into building an actual wood-fired stone pizza oven, and looked into getting a cheaper pizza oven...But when I saw this, I thought it was exactly what i was looking for. It fits on my gas Weber grill, so I didn't need to make an expensive investment in something else, I just needed the BakerStone... Out of the box assembly was easy, I love the pizza peel it comes with, its super useful. Trying it for the first time, it took about 20-30 minutes to preheat all the way... Once I slid the pizza in (the tricky part) I followed the instructions and turned the pizza every 45 sec -1min to ensure it cooked evenly... the pizzas were cooked in about 5-6 minutes... Crust was awesome! Exactly what i was looking for, and exactly what I've been missing by cooking pizzas in the kitchen oven,... I think this is a great accessory for someone who is interested in cooking their own pizzas at home!

    I would recommend this to a friend