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R2Egg2Q 09-11-2012 02:08 AM

Small Weber Pizza Mod
 
Inspired by martyleach's WGA pizza mod and lacking Marty's building skills, I decided to try a "pizza mod for dummies" on my WGA.

My goal was to make it easy to build, easy to remove, and try to keep the cost reasonable.

Here's what I came up with:

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2820.jpg

The 1/4" hex nuts are a snug fit between the bars on the WGA cooking grate so the set up is really pretty stable.

While the baking stones were heating up over some briquettes, I started prepping pizzas (about 8" diameter). Just some simple pepperoni & mushroom pies:

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2833.jpg

Checked the temp of the stones and found about a 200 degree difference in my stones with the bottom hotter than the top:

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2835.jpg
http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2834.jpg

In my initial tests I found I needed a little more heat up top and could do with a little less on the bottom so I swap the stones right before putting the pizza on:

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2836.jpg

5-6 minutes in I rotate the pizza to account for any hot spots. Another 5-6 minutes and the pizza is done:

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2829.jpg
http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2832.jpg

I made 5 pizzas total. Here's another one:

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2840.jpg
http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2842.jpg

Once I was done cooking, I pulled out the raised CI grid and the stones to cool (yes, my stones look pretty ugly).

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2846.jpg

30 minutes later they were cool enough to hold with my hands:

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/...Q/IMG_2848.jpg

I did this on my WGA but the approach should work fine on a Smokey Joe with some kind of raised round grid.

The cost for this mod was cheap for me (just the stainless hardware) as I already had the pizza stones and cast iron grid.

If I had to build this set up from scratch:

- 8 1/2" diameter baking stones from Amazon (Old Stone Oven 4444 Pizza for Two 8 1/2 Inch) - $27.79 (qualifies for free Super Saver shipping)
- cast iron grid from chargriller - $7.99 (not sure about shipping cost)
- SS Hex Nuts 1/4" - 20 size, qty 12 - $3.54 (from Home Depot)
- SS Washers 1/4", qty 12 - $2.36 (from HD)
- SS Machine Screws 1/4" - 20 x 3", qty 4, - $2.36 (from HD)

$44.04 before tax or any shipping charges. A pizza peel and pizza screens are very helpful as well but I don't really count them as part of the mod.

Hook_Line_and_Sinker 09-11-2012 02:19 AM

You sir, have some ugly looking stones!

But your pies look great! Nice mod!

SmokinAussie 09-11-2012 04:39 AM

John, that is just outstanding!

I mean... really farkin' clever:eusa_clap:eusa_clap:eusa_clap

Apart from the build.. the Pizza is magic too!

Cheers!

Bill

Big George's BBQ 09-11-2012 10:33 AM

Very nice John Thanks :thumb:

deguerre 09-11-2012 10:51 AM

You have my undivided attention.:clap:

mbshop 09-11-2012 02:34 PM

that is a great mod ! great thinkin ! :clap2:

tinman 09-11-2012 03:08 PM

Clever mod and beautiful ZA! I have been forum searching and mulling over all of the Weber pizza options....trying to figure out what rout I am going to try. I just ordered the Red Sky stone. I am loving your results though!

J-Rod 09-11-2012 04:10 PM

Nicely done. The setup and the pies. I love pizza and have been wanting to do something like this myself for quite a while. Thanks for sharing!

fingerlickin' 09-11-2012 05:13 PM

Love it. Now I just need a WGA. :-D

Bob13 09-11-2012 05:27 PM

Love it! I've been wanting to get a WGA for awhile now... one more reason to get one. Thanks!

martyleach 09-11-2012 05:45 PM

Very clever solution John. That is just way too easy for me. If I can't cut it or weld it I'm not doin' it....
Really nice looking pies~!

fnbish 09-11-2012 07:53 PM

Very cool


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