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Old 10-22-2015, 11:08 AM   #1
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Pizza stone didn't work. What did I do wrong?

I read all the posts about the great results from using the pizza stone in the camper oven. I had a round one that fit just fine in the camper oven so I used it for the first time. Had the oven set on 350 for canned biscuits and about halfway through cooking them, we heard a loud pop and the stone was cracked in half. What would have caused that to happen?
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:17 AM   #2
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Ours did exactly the same - cracked down the center, in-line with the burner. And that's the issue... the burner is linear and causes thermal stress that the ceramic stone just isn't built to handle. We still use ours - just now have to put it in in two pieces. Even though we butt the pieces together along the crack, it has not deteriorated further.

Some folks use smaller, square unglazed tiles you can get at home improvement stores and avoid this (but then they still have multiple pieces to handle so... six of one, half dozen of the other).
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:23 AM   #3
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I stumbled across a set of these http://www.amazon.com/Pizzacraft-PC0.../dp/B005IF2YQK at a HomeGoods store on the clearance aisle for $15.99. Undamaged and not sure why they were on clearance. They work well for us. I would say just keep using your pizza stone even tho it's cracked and should work just like this set of four squares.
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:28 AM   #4
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We have been using a round pizza stone all spring and summer. My wife has heated pizza baked a few cakes and heated up many things. It has never cracked. It works great to insure even heat distribution. Maybe the ones that crack have absorbed some moisture. We live in a very dry climate so maybe that's the issue.
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:48 AM   #5
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We use an air bake pan. No troubles with breaking, it's metal, been through two camper and all is well.

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Old 10-22-2015, 11:55 AM   #6
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I just use a baking pan the size of the oven, flipped upside down. Distributes the heat well. Has worked for years in every rig. Never burn anything.
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:55 PM   #7
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There are different types of songs I have a wood fired oven at home and the stone I use there I can't use over open fire read the labels closely it does matter whether ceramic or clay
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The same exact thing happened to mine this past weekend. It had been in the oven and traveled there with no problems and I had used it before but this last trip I had the same thing. A big noise and it was broken all the way through right down the middle. I just threw it away. I am going to try the unglazed tiles next and may try to find the air bake pan that fits as well. My recipe that worked well at home did have overly cooked bottoms even with the stone. I will have to adjust the temp next time.
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:56 PM   #9
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We tried the stones too. They cracked. Have used an sir bake pan like Doc73 for a couple of years now.
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:17 PM   #10
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In addition to the stone, my wife puts wax paper at the bottom of many of her pans when she cooks.

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