Hi Sourdough Community,
I’ve been reading all the previous posts on stone alternatives for increasing the thermal mass in the oven and also cooking on.
It it sounds like Unglazed terracotta tiles are the go.
I have contacted local hardware and garden stores and no one seems to have any.
Can anyone recommend anything else that I can get from hardware stores etc? I can’t seem to find pizza stones in my state of Australia either - although that is an expensive option for a hobby baker haha
and I can’t put concrete tiles in an oven can I?
Friends of mine have used slabs of granite in the oven which worked quite well. You could probably get off cuts from kitchen makers or hardware stores...
I'm building a pizza oven (no3) ATM and am using Russell jeavons book. There is no need to fire bricks or kiln bricks. I'm using CLAY pavers. They are baked at 1100 degrees Celsius so more then adequate to hold the heat of a pizza oven. I cook pizza at 400+ degrees and temps will never reach 1100 deg. So clay pavers or bricks are perfect. Plenty of cheap ones on market place etc. I picked up 2 m2 for 40 bucks I'll be using for my floor and had a pallet full of old clay bricks at home so decided to build another oven now we are home due to this corona virus. Cheers, Jack
You could try a flooring place that specialises in tiles. But make sure that you get an unglazed terracotta one. Some of the glazes can have nasties that you wouldn't want to transfer to your bread in the heat of the oven.
Good luck with your projects,