Don’t you hate it when you take a pizza out of the oven only to find the crust slightly burnt and the center very soggy? I mean, especially if you put the pizza into a pre-heated oven at the right temperature, for the right time. What went wrong?
Let me help you with that.
A pizza stone is a baking surface of iron, stone, or ceramic, designed to bake pizza as authentically as in a brick oven. It spreads heat evenly across the pizza base, absorbing the moisture, and making the food crisp and tasty.
This ensures all of the pizza cooks at the same rate. With a pizza stone, it’s at least possible to have the perfectly cooked pizza. (You still need to get temperature and time right!)
But you don’t just need any pizza stone. You need the best pizza stone for grills.
Perfect Home Made Pizzas with a Pizza Stone
As a mom, I’ve had to cook pizza many a time. It’s so convenient, when busy, to just pop one in the oven. A little too comfortable, in fact, so I usually only cook it once a week.
Yet many people give homemade pizza a try but end up giving up in despair. Why? Because it seems to be impossible to come up to the standard of your local pizza delivery service.
The all round crispiness, the subtle texture, even the taste. Why is it that so hard to do?
I’m here to tell you that you can do it.
In the following video, Morgan McCallum shows you how to cook pizza on a stone. She also explains how you can cook pizza at home in this way:
You might have noticed that in the video, the pizza stone was used in an oven. You can do that as well. Some of the pizza stones reviewed work with both oven and grill. I’m focusing here on using a grill as I think it’s easier to get that crispy crust.
Grilled pizza is popular because a grill can produce the ultra-high temperature that a good pizza needs, giving good texture and flavor.
Advantages of Using a Pizza Stone?
The main advantage of using a pizza stone is that you get as close as it gets to a professionally made pizza. It’s the all round crispiness that really helps with the authenticity.
A crispy base is the whole point of making pizza at all.
Soggy pizzas are a waste of time and effort.
Another advantage of a pizza stone is that you can use it for baking other items that you might need, such as homemade bread, buns, and cookies. It’s a versatile cooking tool.
How to Choose the Best Size Pizza Stone for your Grill
The size of your grill is essential when choosing the right pizza stone. Make sure it will fit.
The size of your pizza stone is also important because the size of your pizza depends on it.
Without going into the Math, you should know that the size of the pizza actually goes up faster than its diameter. So an 18 inch (46 cm) pizza is actually more than 3 times the size of a 10 inch (25 cm) pizza.
But that doesn’t matter because I’ll help you work out how many people you can feed with each size pizza stone. I suggest your stone be 0.5 to 1 inch (1.2 – 2.5cm) bigger than your pizza. This leaves a little bit of margin around the side.
- A small 10 inch (25cm) pizza is great for a couple
- A 12 inch pizza (30 cm) works for small family (3-4 people)
- A large 14 inch (36 cm) pizza is best for a larger family (4-5 people)
- Go for a 16 inch pizza for 5 – 6 people
- Larger than 16 inches (41 cm) and I would suggest cooking two pizzas
Of course you will know best what you need. Typically pizzas come as a 12 inch pizza. My two kids will devour one of these on their own. So it depends!
Another option is to get a couple of pizza stones and cook two pizzas at once. This only works if your grill has the space!
What’s the Best Material for a Pizza Stone?
As the name suggests, the classic pizza stone is made of stone.
Yet, the best material for your pizza stone actually depends on your preferred cooking method. Stone or clay is better for grilling. It protects your pizza from the high temperatures of the grill.
Some people swear by cast iron, which is great for the oven or stove top. But that’s more of a pizza pan!
As we are on a mission to find the best pizza stones for grills, it seems that real stone or clay will be the best choice.
Best Pizza Stones for your Grill
Of course, there are different types of grills. One category, among many, is the BBQ grill. What does it take to make the best pizza stone for BBQs?
Now, pizza BBQ stones need to be very tough. A BBQ grill can reach very high temperatures. Cordierite, a substance that can withstand high temperatures, is an excellent material for BBQ pizza stones. This substance can also withstand changes in temperature well.
Equally if you are looking for the best pizza stone for charcoal grills, cordierite will probably be your first choice.
Seasoning Your Pizza Stone
A good pizza stone needs to be well seasoned. It’s really quite simple. Coat it in a thin layer of oil and bake in the oven at 232°C (450°F). Don’t worry if it turns darker – that’s a sign of the seasoning taking. (In fact, do worry if it doesn’t darken!)
Repeat this a few times, and it will be seasoned.
If your pizza stone comes with seasoning instructions – ignore what I’ve just written and follow the instructions.
Cleaning Your Pizza Stone
Good pizza stones are actually porous. This to absorb moisture from the pizza and help it crisp up.
This means that they are not dishwasher safe and you shouldn’t even use soap or detergent with them. Any chemicals you use in cleaning will be absorbed by the stone. And detergent flavored pizza doesn’t taste nice!
How can you clean them? It’s not too hard:
- Wipe off any loose pizza.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water. Use the paste to help scrub off any remaining pizza.
- Dry in oven
Some pizza stones come with accessories. These can be nice to have. The two most common ones are pizza peels and pizza cutters.
A pizza peel helps lift the pizza off the stone quickly. This can be useful if you want to check how crispy the base is.
A pizza cutter does what it says on the tin. You will struggle if you use a regular knife to cut the pizza. A pizza cutter does it quickly and easily, without messing up the toppings. Cut your pizza on a cutting board, not your pizza stone!
A pizza scraper helps clean up. You can scrape any loose bits of pizza that have ended up stuck to the stone.
This is a reasonably priced pizza grilling set.
It consists of a 13 inch (33 cm) pizza stone and a set of pizza tools, including a pizza peel and a pizza cutter.
It’s made of super-strong cordierite, which makes it ideal for the grill. This means it’s resistant to high temperatures and thermal shock.
Many users find this set satisfactory. Yet, some users complain of a ‘chemical smell’ coming from the stone. I would suggest testing the stone straight away. (I mean – cook a pizza with it!) It appears some faulty batches of this product were released on the market.
It would have been helpful to have instructions on seasoning, use, and care of the pizza stone.
- Covered by one-year limited warranty
- The tools (peel and cutter) are a handy bonus
- The cordierite is highly heat-resistant
- No instructions provided for using these tools
- The tools provided are of average quality
- Bad chemical odor in some sets – early testing required
- Slightly on the small side
As mentioned, this reasonably-priced set (consisting of pizza stone, pizza scraper and recipe book) comes in two sizes:
- The 14 inch (36 cm) is great for 13 inch (33 cm) or smaller pizzas – so serving upto 4 people.
- The 16 inch (41 cm) can cook up to 15 inch pizzas (38 cm), enough for 5 people.
Check the size of your grill before deciding which size is better.
This versatile product suits ovens as well as grills.
It comes with use and care instructions. Detailed cleaning instructions are given and should be followed
It contains thermarite – that’s engineered cordierite – for better heat retention and moisture absorption.
Most users find this stone excellent, others have found fault as the pizza stuck to the stone in spite of having followed all instructions.
- There’s an attentive customer service policy.
- The stone is easy to clean.
- Packed protectively, replaced if arrives broken
- Thermarite gives superior moisture absorption.
- Porous stone, must be maintained as per instructions.
- Some users found that pizza sticks to the stone.
This affordably-priced pizza stone of 15 inch (38 cm), by Lirradight is made of tough cordierite. It’s compatible with your grill or oven, spreads heat evenly and is fully thermal shock-resistant.
This versatile kitchen tool can be used to make bread, scones and cookies in addition to perfect pizza.
It’s been made tough and is a really nice stone at an affordable price. The thing is you do need to look after it carefully. For example, as with any decent pizza stone, don’t wash it with detergents!
If you are prepared to follow the instructions, this is a great pizza stone.
- Decent size
- The product is sturdy and durable.
- Cordieright made – heats evenly and absorbs moisture.
- Stone is thermal shock-resistant
- Porous stone, must be maintained as per instructions.
- Manufacturer recommends putting Aluminum foil between pizza and stone
This stone is reasonably priced and comes in a 16 inch size (41cm) – great for pizzas up to 15 inches. Like the other pizza stones we’ve reviewed, this too is made of cordierite. Therefore it has those lovely thermal shock-proof qualities and it absorbs moisture and spreads the heat evenly to bring you tasty, crusty pizza.
It’s grill and oven safe and you can be sure that it was built to last. Test it early to ensure there’s no chemical smell.
It’s got a really nice “No Spill Stopper” at the back of the stone. Have you ever tried to put your pizza peel under your pizza only to accidentally push the pizza off the stone?
Well this is designed to stop that!
This is a really nice and well designed pizza stone. It’s great quality and a good price. It’s such a shame that there are reports of a chemical odor when first using it.
I’d be tempted to buy, test it straight away, and return it if there was a problem. Some people might not want to take the risk though.
- Its Limited Lifetime Guarantee covers stone breakage.
- Thicker than other stones in the same range.
- Flexible – safe for ovens and grills.
- Versatile – cooks bread, scones and cookies too.
- Comes with a unique No-Spill Stopper that prevents the pizza from sliding off.
- Some users detect a chemical odor when first using.
- Will it fit your grill / oven?
At 16.5 inches (42 cm) this is the largest pizza stone we’ve tried out.
It comes at a very affordable price.
It’s made of thermabond stone, which is a type of cordierite. It evenly cooks the pizza all through, absorbs moisture and is shock-resistant.
It is oven and grill safe and also has the flexibility to bake other items. When you’re not making pizza, you can prepare some bread or cookies for your family.
If this large pizza stone can fit in your oven and grill, it will serve you well. It also comes in a 15-inch (38 cms) size and a rectangular option. If you don’t like round pizzas – get the rectangular pizza stone. I prefer the traditional circular shaped pizzas!
It’s essential to follow the maintenance instructions for this stone.
It should also be checked for flaws as soon as it is received. If found to be flawed, it can be returned and replaced as quickly as possible.
- Very affordable
- Larger size to cook bigger pizza
- Rectangular option for those who want it
- Thermobond material cooks evenly and resists thermo-shock
- No seasoning needed
- Some users have complained of a heavy chemical odor
- Isolated report pizza stone may have caught fire
- Porous stone – remember not to use detergents
Best Pizza Stone for Grills
The best pizza stone for gas, charcoal and bbq grills, as well as ovens is the incredible Julypanny 15-inch Pizza Stone.
It has all the advantages of a cordierite-made pizza stone. It heats evenly and absorbs moisture perfectly. It’s strong and durable, a perfect size and can be used for the grill or the oven.
All you have to do is to follow the instructions carefully. Make sure you do follow them though, no detergents and certainly no dishwasher.
Seriously, what’s not to like? It’s a perfect size and an ideal price. Not to mention the fact that it’s a strong and long-lasting. What more do you need?
A close second would be Love This Kitchen 16 inch Pizza Stone. That stone has some significant innovations attached to it and I love the ‘No Spill Stopper’. They are waiting to get the patent on that unique feature.
For those who like a larger size pizza stone, the ‘Love This Kitchen 16-inch pizza stone is a great buy.
If it wasn’t for the chemical odor on some stones this one might be the winner. If you like it, order it, try it straight away, and return it if there’s a problem.
Best Pizza Stone for Oven and Grill (or Just The Best Pizza Stone)
I do like Cast Elegance. They make quality pizza stones that last. That’s why I’d recommend Cast Elegance 14 inch Pizza Stone as the best pizza stone for your oven and your grill.
At 14 inches you are very unlikely to have any problems fitting this in your oven. It’s a versatile size and ideal to take with you anywhere.
This is actually just the best all round pizza stone in my book.
Best Large Pizza Stone for Grills
The PizzaCraft 16.5 inch Pizza Stone is a very affordable large pizza stone. It can prepare 16 inch (41cm) pizzas – great for up to 6 people (unless they are hungry teenagers).
Will it fit your grill or oven? Probably, but you should check.
Another option is to buy 2 of the slightly smaller stones. They stack nicely, and something this big can be a bit unwieldy.
If you have space and a hungry family – go for it!