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Can a pizza stone be fixed after soap has been used to clean it?

I would rinse well with clear water. Allow to dry thoroughly, and then use as normal. There is a small chance that your pizza stone will impart a soap flavor to your pizza, but I would say that it ...
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Why did my pizza toppings slide off while baking?

It likely comes down to how you've formed the crust. The "normal" method involves pushing the gas out of the middle of the crust, ideally shifting it to the outer edge. So the middle of the ...
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Pizza stone made out of multiple pieces

Do not do this. Marble is, compared with ceramic brick or lava stones, extremely vulnerable to thermal shock. Your "bricks" will almost certainly crack within a few uses, and might even ...
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Pizza stone made out of multiple pieces

America's Test Kitchen did tests of pizza stones, and one was actually a set of bricks. They found no problems from the seams ... which makes sense, considering that brick ovens would've been made ...
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Can a pizza stone be fixed after soap has been used to clean it?

By rinsing, you can only remove stuff from the surface and slightly below. You need to remove molecules which sit in the pores of the stone. Chemically, you are working against diffusion and adhesion....
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Why does aluminum foil on a pizza stone ruin the pizza?

To understand what's happening here, we should first have a look at what a pizza stone does. A pizza stone is made from a semi- permeable material with a high thermal capacity, or, plainly put, can ...
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safety of using chamotte stone from hardware supplies store for baking

General consensus is that you should not use something that is not food safe for cooking. And in particular something made for construction/building, it probably contains lot of non-food safe ...
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Can a pizza stone be fixed after soap has been used to clean it?

Rinse it thoroughly and just cook some dough on it to throw away (instead of a full pizza with all ingredients). I don't believe the soap will be that resilient to withstand rinse+heat+food on it. It ...
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Why did my pizza toppings slide off while baking?

I think it's probably bubbles, as mentioned in other answers. Since you have a relatively thin crust you can try docking your dough. Docking means pressing dots into the dough so that small bubbles ...
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What to use on top of a baking stone: parchment paper, a silicone sheet or a thin steel tray?

Ideally you'd use nothing. Direct contact with the hot stone delivers the heat to the food best. Spilt food on the pizza stone can be scraped off when cold and any residue will be sterilised when the ...
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Any reason to put cornmeal/semolina on hot pizza stone or steel?

Before IR thermometers were common, you'd toss a little flour or semolina on the (wood fired) oven deck and see how quickly it browned, as a way of gauging the temperature. I'd say doing it in a ...
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Using Pizza Stone as makeshift french top on electric coil range?

I see a few issues with your concept. First, a pizza stone is not intended for uneven heat distribution and fast heating - used in an oven or barbecue, it needs time to heat and this ideally happens ...
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Pizza stone as floor pizza oven vs firebrick

Short answer: No. Long answer: this could probably be made to work, but only for a short time. At some point, and probably within a few uses, the rapid heat cycling from the fire would cause the ...
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How to make pizza not stick on ceramic stone?

I'd use parchment paper. Foil might work, but it's not actually that great a nonstick baking material. Parchment paper is pretty much designed for that, though. The purpose of the stone is to hold a ...
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Is smoothing out an oven's on/off cycling possible with a pizza stone?

I've used pizza stones to even out fluctuations in two different ovens which had severe on/off temperature cycles. One oven was an older gas oven, and the other one an older electric oven. In both ...
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Why does my pizza crust turn out too hard?

Possible problems: You have too little water in the dough (you said that it felt OK, though) You baked it for too long at too low a temperature (likely). You let it proof for too long or too high a ...
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Why did my pizza toppings slide off while baking?

I see two possibilities, the first is that the toppings slid off when you slid the pie off the peel, the other is that the pizza puffed up when baking and the toppings slid off then. If the pizza base ...
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How to make pizza not stick on ceramic stone?

How about just making sure it's very well floured on the bottom? I use a very ample dusting of cornmeal on my stone, and really only the cornmeal that touches the dough actually sticks to the dough -- ...
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How to make pizza not stick on ceramic stone?

Assemble the pizza on a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel (large flat handled tray). You need enough cornmeal to ensure that the pizza can slide off the peel and onto the stone. If the pizza slides freely on ...
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safety of using chamotte stone from hardware supplies store for baking

I'm going to disagree with Max and say that I would use it. My current baking stone is a slab of cordierite ceramic made for ceramic kilns, the same material many baking stones are made from. I got ...
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Can a pizza stone be fixed after soap has been used to clean it?

If you have a self cleaning oven, run the pizza stone though a cleaning cycle in the oven. The oven will heat up slowly enough to not cause thermal stress in heating. The oven locks for hours to allow ...
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Is there an ultimate way to make a rotatable pizza stone?

Yes, I can recommend a method because I did this*. Per my blog post, the secret is to buy a round corderite stone of the correct size, glue that to a stainless steel turntable, and bolt that to a ...
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Baking Steel/Pizza Steel Design

1) How thick should Baking Steel be? Opinions vary. Standard thicknesses for these seem to be in the 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch range. Advantages for thicker: Heat at faster rate for the initial burst ...
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How do I make restaurant quality pizza?

The most common problem is that your consumer oven is not as hot as a professional stone oven. Pizza stones are created to replicate this effect, but there's no way to really achieve the same result ...
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How to clean molten plastic from a pizza stone?

For anyone interested: I ended up scraping the stone with a butter knife and some steel wool, removing all visible plastic, after which I put it in the oven and heated it up to about 275°C. After ...
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Why does aluminum foil on a pizza stone ruin the pizza?

Stephie's point about the stone's capability to disperse humidity from the dough is probably the most important. Additionally, I'd suspect that the foil prevents the stone from getting up to ...
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Cooking pizzas using two stones/steel vs one stone/steel in consumer oven

Having 2 stones/steels in the oven is totally workable, the top one would cook a bit faster than the bottom one but that's not a dealbreaker. 2 steels will take longer to get up to temperature than ...
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Is smoothing out an oven's on/off cycling possible with a pizza stone?

It will go some way to reducing the temperature fluctuations, and is usually done to mitigate the sudden temperature drop caused by opening the oven door when making something that wants a high ...
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Could a pizza gas oven with only an under-the-stone burner work well?

Heat directly under the stone would not work for a Italian-style pizza oven. Neapolitan pizza is cooked from the top down. In a traditional wood-fired oven, the air temperature is higher than the ...
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Cooking pizza in tiny gas oven with pizza stone

I realize this is an old question, but here goes. FWIW, I used to bake pizza w/gas, but for the last 15 yrs, it's been electric. Lots of variables, such as thickness of dough and baking stone, etc. ...
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