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:
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:
Checked the temp of the stones and found about a 200 degree difference in my stones with the bottom hotter than the top:
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:
5-6 minutes in I rotate the pizza to account for any hot spots. Another 5-6 minutes and the pizza is done:
I made 5 pizzas total. Here's another one:
Once I was done cooking, I pulled out the raised CI grid and the stones to cool (yes, my stones look pretty ugly).
30 minutes later they were cool enough to hold with my hands:
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.
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