Best Pizza Stone for Gas Grill Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

– Best Pizza Stone for Gas Grill Reviews 2019
With all of the different foods you can grill, some foods are just not as easy to manage but could still use a nice, smoky flavor. Easily one of the harder types of food to grill is a pizza as well as any other type of food made from fresh dough. That is why we put together a list of the 5 best pizza stone for gas grill reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ, so you know what to look for when choosing your pizza stone. We think the Pizzacraft and Weber are the best options for most people, but you have to keep reading to see what our best value is.

– Best Seller
— Pizzacraft PC9899 Rectangular ThermaBond Baking and Pizza Stone for Oven or Grill, 20″ x 13.5″
https://www.amazon.com/Pizzacraft-PC9899-Rectangular-ThermaBond-Baking/dp/B005IF2YOW/
Pizzacraft is a somewhat newer company having been founded less than a decade ago. On top of that, Pizzacraft is actually just one of many brands of The Companion Group, though the parent company does have plenty of experience in the grill industry. It is worth noting that Pizzacraft specializes exclusively on products used to make pizzas, though they do not focus exclusively on accessories. Regardless, Pizzacraft seems to excel in providing just a little bit more for your purchase while remaining competitive in price.

Great Specs
Likely one of the best qualities of the Pizzacraft pizza stone is that it can handle cooking tasks that most of the other products on our list simply cannot. For example, this is the largest pizza stone that we reviewed at 20” x 13 ½” which is significantly larger than the competition while still being small enough to fit in an oven. On top of that larger surface area, the Pizzacraft pizza stone is also the thickest pizza stone we reviewed at .67”. This means that the Pizzacraft baking stone can retain its heat for longer and is also generally more durable than some of the other options we saw. On the other hand, the increased thickness means that you will have to preheat the Pizzacraft pizza stone for longer before cooking on it.

Good Build
Like many newer pizza stones, Pizzacraft uses cordierite for the construction of their product. However, it seems as if Pizzacraft makes it a point to use far more cordierite than most of the other pizza stones we reviewed. This is most notable in the fact that the Pizzacraft pizza stone produces a stronger smell than many of the other products we reviewed. However, the Pizzacraft baking stone can also handle the second-highest temperature on our list at 900-degrees Fahrenheit. Aside from the higher cordierite concentration, the Pizzacraft pizza stone also uses a ThermaBond treatment to further increase the stone’s resistance to thermal shock.

— Pros
Is made of cordierite
Has a ThermaBond coating
Does not require seasoning
Is easy to clean
Can handle 900-degrees Fahrenheit
Is the largest pizza stone reviewed

— Cons
Is a more expensive pizza stone
Has a strong odor

– Top Pick
— Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone with Carry Rack
https://www.amazon.com/Weber-8836-Gourmet-System-Pizza/dp/B006WRLBNU/
Weber is easily the most well-known and prestigious company on our list with a storied history that stretches back nearly to the beginning of consumer outdoor cooking. In fact, Weber got its start innovating the grill market with the introduction of the kettle grill, so you would not have to worry about ashes being blown onto your food during windy days. Of course, this means that Weber does not specialize in pizza or cooking accessories, focusing more on the grill itself. That said, Weber continues to innovate, though the Weber pizza stone does carry with it some caveats. That said, if you have a Weber grill, this is likely the best option, it is still our top pick all-around too.

Specialized Scope
To be clear, this is actually the only pizza stone on our list that was made as part of a larger lineup of grilling accessories. Specifically, the Weber 8836 pizza stone is meant to be used as part of Weber’s larger Gourmet BBQ System. These are a series of different grilling accessories that allow you to cook a wide range of different foods not normally suited for the grill. Unfortunately, integration with the Gourmet BBQ System is restricted to Weber branded grills, but the 8836 pizza stone is not limited in the same way. That said, the Weber Gourmet BBQ System integration does limit the overall dimensions of Weber baking stone as this is one of the smaller pizza stones we reviewed.

Pretty Convenient
If you do not have a Weber grill, you should not necessarily let that dissuade you from choosing the Weber 8836 baking stone. In fairness, this is likely the most convenient pizza stone that we reviewed as it has some of the fastest prep time. Basically, the Weber pizza stone can get up to cooking temperatures quicker than most of the other products we reviewed. However, that rapid heating is due mostly to the thinner build of the 8836 pizza stone which means it will not retain heat quite as long and is not quite as durable. Though, the Weber 8836 pizza stone is still more durable than some of the other products we reviewed and is not noted for fragility. Even better, this is the only pizza stone that we reviewed which includes an easy to handle carrying rack.

— Pros
Is made of cordierite
Has a carrying rack
Works with the Gourmet BBQ System
Does not require seasoning
Is easy to clean
Has a quicker prep

— Cons
Is a more expensive pizza stone
Is a smaller pizza stone

– Best Value
— UNICOOK Heavy Duty Ceramic Pizza Grilling Stone, Baking Stone, Pizza Pan, Perfect for Oven, BBQ and Grill, Thermal Shock Resistant, Durable and Safe, 15×12 Inch Rectangular, 6.6Lbs
https://www.amazon.com/Unicook-Ceramic-Grilling-Resistant-Rectangular/dp/B06XGV3RS4/
Unicook is another company that is actually just a brand within a larger conglomerate, this time being part of the Homepro Industrial Co. While the business organization might resemble other companies on our list, Unicook is also one of the newer brands we came across having only been in existence for half a decade. That said, the company does boast 20 years of general experience, though they may not all be in cooking products. On the other hand, Unicook does make a wide range of different cookware and grill-focused products, though they do not seem to specialize in any niche in particular. Regardless, it seems that a lack of experience or focus does not seem to impede Unicook’s ability to provide a good pizza stone.

Good Value
As the pizza stone occupying the best value spot on our list, it should come as little surprise that the Unicook pizza stone is one of the least expensive pizza stones we came across. However, it seems as if Unicook is not content to rely on a low price to provide value alone as they sweetened the deal. Aside from the generally good pizza stone, the Unicook baking stone also comes with a plastic scraper. While you can use this to clean the pizza stone when you are done, you can also use it to cut the fresh dough for making the pizza crust. What is even more surprising is that the Unicook pizza stone can handle the hottest temperatures we reviewed at 1450-degrees Fahrenheit. Though, this is due to a higher concentration of cordierite in the construction which makes this one of the worst smelling pizza stones we found.

Good Specs
For the most part, the Unicook pizza stone’s value is only increased when looking at the specs, though there is one notable exception. Specifically, the Unicook baking stone is one of the smallest pizza stones on our list at 15” x 12”. On the plus side, this does make the Unicook pizza stone the lightest product we reviewed which will make taking it off of the grill that much easier. On top of that, the Unicook pizza stone is not universally small as it is also the second-thickest product on our list at ⅝”. While this will increase the heating prep time a bit, it also increases the overall durability as well as heat retention too.

— Pros
Is a less expensive pizza stone
Is a thicker stone
Is made of cordierite
Comes with a multipurpose scraper
Does not require seasoning
Can handle the hottest temperature reviewed

— Cons
Is the smallest pizza stone reviewed
Has a strong odor

– Runner Up
— Heritage Black Ceramic Pizza Stone and Pizza Cutter Wheel – Baking Stones for Oven, Grill & BBQ – Non Stain
https://www.amazon.com/Heritage-Black-Ceramic-Pizza-Cutter/dp/B00O83CTOK/
Heritage Products is a bit difficult to get a handle on, though they are owned by Sky Solutions USA. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find information on either the parent company or the subsidiary brands, though this likely means that the company is fairly young. Another tidbit supporting that logic is the fact that Heritage Products sells an extremely narrow range of products. Outside of the pizza stone, the only other thing Heritage products sell is a pizza peel. Though, this does at least mean that the company puts all of its focus and attention on this particular niche.

Different Build
One of the more notable differences between the Heritage pizza stone and the other options on our list is its material. Specifically, this is the only pizza stone that we reviewed which does not use cordierite as part of its construction. This means that the Heritage pizza stone is not nearly as protected against thermal shock nor generally as durable as many of the other products we reviewed. This will make itself far more noteworthy if you try to cook a frozen pizza with it as that may very well crack it. On the other hand, the Heritage pizza stone is also one of the few that does not produce much of a smell– at least not compared to many of the other options on our list. This is also the only option on our list that has a glazed side which will make removing the pizza that much easier, though you should still use oil or grain to prevent it from sticking.

— Pros
Is a larger pizza stone
Is made of ceramic
Does not have a strong odor
Has a glazing
Comes with a kit
Has a lifetime guarantee

— Cons
Is a more expensive pizza stone
Is not the most durable

– Also Consider
— Hans Grill Pizza Stone Baking Stone for Pizzas use in Oven and Grill/BBQ Free Wooden Pizza Peel Rectangular Board 15 x 12 Inches Easy Handle Baking | Bake Grill, for Pies, Pastry Bread, Calzone
https://www.amazon.com/Hans-Grill-Pizza-Stone/dp/B076617VFY//
Hans Grill is definitely one of the youngest companies on our list with scant information and no major online presence. We do know that, as the name implies, it is a German company as the instructions are in German, though they will email you an English PDF upon request. Another hint that Hans Grill is a younger company is the lack of other products sold. In fact, Hans Grill only makes a couple of different products, but they are all designed to be used primarily for grilling. This does at least provide some comfort that the company pays enough attention to provide quality products.

Decent Build
While the Hans Grill pizza stone may not necessarily blow you away compared to some of its competitors, it does still offer a solid range of qualities. On the downside, the Hans Grill baking stone is tied for the smallest product we reviewed at 15” x 12”. On the other hand, much like the other smaller pizza stone, the Hans Grill stone is on the thicker side at ⅗”. This allows the Hans Grill pizza stone to retain heat better and cook more evenly while providing a bit more general durability. Though, it is not quite as thick as some which means it does not have much of an increase in the preheating time either. In order to break into a fairly crowded market, the Hans Grill pizza stone also comes with a wooden pizza peel to help remove the pizza from the stone.

— Pros
Comes with a pizza peel
Is a thicker pizza stone
Is made of cordierite
Is easy to clean
Does not require seasoning
Is a more durable pizza stone

— Cons
Is a more expensive pizza stone
Is the smallest pizza stone reviewed

– Best Pizza Stone for Gas Grill Buying Guide 2019
— Materials
The material of your pizza stone is likely one of, if not, the most important factors to choose as this will play a big role in the overall performance of the pizza stone. Not only will the material impact the actual cooking performance of the pizza stone, but it will also affect how well the stone reacts to general use and handling. In general, pizza stones are made out of either basic ceramic or cordierite, though they can also be treated with other materials to affect how they perform or how they handle in general. It is also worth noting that pizza stones compete with baking steel to cook the same foods in similar ways.

— Ceramic – This is the simplest type of material used in the construction of pizza stones and was once the standard material. Keep in mind, various types of ceramic exist, some used for incredibly sophisticated purposes, but a basic pizza stone ceramic is just that: basic. While this is not inherently a knock on basic ceramic, it is little more than clay fired in a kiln and does not necessarily provide any special properties. That said, basic ceramic is one of the few materials used for a pizza stone that regularly uses glazes.
Ceramic is a solid material due to the fact that it can absorb heat relatively quickly while still retaining that heat for an extended period of time. On top of that, the porous nature of ceramic allows this material to absorb the moisture from fresh dough. On the other hand, basic ceramic is more fragile than other materials used and is also more susceptible to thermal shock. This can be especially troubling for a pizza stone if you want to use it to cook a frozen pizza, rather than one using fresh dough.

— Cordierite – Cordierite may sound a bit unusual, but it is a fairly common material used in the construction of pizza stones. However, it should be noted that there is a bit of a misconception when it comes to the use of cordierite for pizza stones. The first misconception is that cordierite is a completely different material than ceramic when used for a pizza stone. While cordierite is its own distinct material, it is generally used as part of a ceramic pizza stone to impart particular qualities. On the other hand, this can also lead to the mistaken impression that cordierite is itself just another kind of ceramic. In fact, cordierite is a mineral that is commonly added to ceramic to increase its capabilities for a wide range of applications.
Easily the main reason to use cordierite when making a pizza stone is that it has a low rate of thermal expansion. This allows cordierite pizza stones to withstand drastic changes in temperature significantly better than basic ceramic. It is worth noting that just because a pizza stone is made of cordierite, that does not mean it can handle thermal shock equally as well as another pizza stone containing cordierite. The amount of cordierite used, how the cordierite is arranged in the ceramic, and the quality of the cordierite will all impact the pizza stone’s ability to resist thermal shock. In general practice, the use of cordierite allows you to cook frozen pizzas with the pizza stone without worrying about the stone cracking. Pizza stones with cordierite are also noted for being generally more durable than those made with basic ceramic.
However, cordierite is not without its own potential concerns, one of the biggest being a general quality of life issue. Basically, basic ceramic will usually burn clean once it has already gone through the firing process in the kiln. Pizza stones made with cordierite, however, will often have an unpleasant smell and can even produce smoke that is uncomfortable to the eyes. Yet again, there is no set standard for this effect as the different manufacturers will approach this issue differently. Some pizza stones made with cordierite produce a lot of smoke and a smell that can even bake itself into the food being cooked while other cordierite pizza stones may only produce a mild smell and little or no smoke.

— Treatments – Outside of the primary functional materials used in the construction of pizza stones, there are also other materials that can be added to a pizza stone to impart additional properties. Some of these materials are meant to improve the general performance of the pizza stone while other materials are designed to provide “quality of life” or convenience effects. That said, the different treatments used on pizza stones generally follows the type of material used.
For basic ceramic pizza stones, one of the more common treatments is the inclusion of a glaze. Much like with basic ceramic in other contexts, like with pottery and the like, a glaze provides a smooth surface. To be fair, most pizza stones with a glaze will generally only glaze one side of the stone to provide different types of cooking surfaces. The main advantage of a glaze is that it allows you to get the food off of the surface easier, especially if you did not properly apply a non-stick oil or grain to it. However, you need to be careful as many glazes use lead which is toxic in large amounts and still not good in microdoses.
For cordierite pizza stones, the most common type of treatment is including some type of material or a process which further enhances its thermal durability. These types of treatments are generally mixed in with the ceramic and cordierite mixture and further protect the pizza stone from thermal shock. It is worth noting that these treatments can also impart additional qualities on the pizza stone, like electric heat resistance too. One of the more notable treatments we found was the use of ThermaBond which not only increases the stone’s resistance to thermal shock but also acts as a bit of an adhesive, making the stone a bit stronger in general.

– FAQ’s
Why Choose a Pizza Stone?
If you want to cook a pizza on your grill, you will need some kind of surface to prevent the dough from falling in between the grates. While some higher-end gas grills might come with specialized solid grates, these are still not the best option for cooking foods that are not already solidly formed. Aside from the fact that these grates are rarely flat, they can also be a pain to clean if used for this purpose. In order to account for this, companies make pizza stones as a convenient way of baking unformed foods on your gas grill. In terms of why you should use a pizza stone specifically, as opposed to another piece of baking cookware, it depends on the type of pizza you want.
If you prefer your pizza to have a crispy crust with a nice crunch all the way through, whether at the outer edge of the crust or in the middle with the toppings, a pizza stone is a must-have. That said, pizza stones are named such primarily because that is their marketed use, but they are actually far more versatile than that. For one, pizza stones can be used to bake a whole host of different types of food on them including sweet desserts. Beyond sweets, you can also use a pizza stone to cook fresh baked bread, though a gas grill is not the ideal equipment for this purpose. Thankfully, pizza stones are not meant for gas grills alone as they can also be used in conventional ovens and with pretty much any type of standard grill.

How to Use a Pizza Stone?
Using a pizza stone is actually fairly easy once you understand all of the ins and outs, but it can also be a bit counter-intuitive depending on your familiarity with other cookware. This is because the use of a pizza stone is fairly straightforward, but all of the ancillary tasks surrounding most cookware are a bit different.
This begins primarily with the preparation of the pizza stone which involves very little work outside of the grill itself. Basically, pretty much every pizza stone does not need to be seasoned, unlike baking steel which is similar to cast-iron in that regard.
Instead, the main thing you need to do when prepping a pizza stone is to make sure that it reaches cooking temperature before you actually try to cook anything on it. Also, depending on the type of material used for the pizza stone, you may need to soak it in water– though this is becoming less common. In fact, many newer pizza stones should be kept relatively dry before use as this can impact the cooking process.
This is especially important when trying to cook a homemade pizza that uses fresh dough as cooking this kind of pizza on an unheated pizza stone will cause the dough to stick to the stone– even if you use grain or oil to prevent that. When cooking pizza on a pizza stone, it is important to make sure that the stone gets to at least 500-degrees Fahrenheit.
To be fair, this can be a bit difficult to gauge since cooking thermometers will not be able to read the temperature of the pizza stone. As such, you will simply need to preheat the stone for a designated amount of time which will depend on the thickness of the pizza stone as well as its material.
Once the pizza stone is properly heated, then you should apply a light layer of milled grain or oil to the stone to prevent the pizza from sticking to it. Keep in mind, if you are not experienced, you should still try to accomplish this step quickly so as to not allow the pizza stone to cool off too quickly.
Another area of using a pizza stone that seems a bit odd to new users is how you take care of the stone once you finish cooking. Since most pizza stones do not require seasoning, you do not have to worry about removing any kind of coating.
That said, you also need to be careful not to wash a pizza stone with soap because the porous nature of the stone will absorb the soap. No matter how well you think you think you rinsed the pizza stone, there will still be some soap that will come out during the cooking process.
Most of the time, the only thing you need to do to clean a pizza stone is scrape off any cooked-on bits and rinse it with water. It is also important to note that most pizza stones stain over time, and this is a natural part of using a pizza stone.

What to Look for?
Pizza stones seem fairly basic from all appearances, but there are a couple of features and qualities to look for when making your selection. By far the most important thing to consider is the material of your pizza stone as this will impact both the cooking performance and the durability of the pizza stone. Remember that basic ceramic will heat up quicker than cordierite, but it is also far more susceptible to thermal shock. On top of that, basic ceramic is generally not as durable as cordierite in a general sense, though this can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Another important quality to consider when choosing your pizza stone is the dimensions that can similarly affect the cooking performance of the pizza stone. Though, to be fair, the dimensions have less to do with the overall cooking performance than they do with the necessary prep of the pizza stone. Basically, a thicker pizza stone will take longer to heat up to the proper cooking temperature than a thinner pizza stone. On the other hand, a thicker pizza stone generally retains heat better and longer while also cooking the pizza more evenly. Of course, the thicker pizza stones are usually more durable than a thinner pizza stone too.

– Conclusion
In the end, most pizza stones seem pretty similar from an outward appearance with the differences being a bit harder to parse. The Pizzacraft is the largest pizza stone that we reviewed and can also handle hotter temperatures than most of the other options on our list. The Weber is actually designed for a particular purpose, but the handles do make transferring the stone much easier. The Unicook is able to handle the hottest temperatures we saw and is also one of the best values on the market. The Heritage Products is made of basic ceramic, which means it does not have a smell, but it is also not as durable as some of the other products. Finally, the Hans Grill offers solid all-around performance and even comes with a pizza peel, but it is on the smaller side.

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