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Unread 09-09-2010, 09:36 AM   #1
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I don't know why, but my stone got left out on the picnic table at mom's for a month.

Any suggestions on cleaning it?

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Not suggested but left ours in a self cleaning oven. Wife didn't check before turning on the clean cycle. It looked brand new but I feared that it would crack the stone the next time and never did that again.
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You should be heating the stone up to 500+ , I cook at 800. At either temp anything on it will simply brush off.
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Thanks, that's what I was thinking, but the bird poop really turned me off.
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Now.. dont laugh..

When my stone gets real bad, i heat them it up, and rub it down with a heavy ball of crumpled up aluminum foil.. if its really gross(like when a pie tears and dumps all the contents on the stone(dont ask me how I know that happens ), I take some fine and medium grade sandpaper to it and sand down the entire stone to remove the nasties. it removes a fine powder and restores the stone to like new. I use the BGE stones and they are unglazed so sanding works well and opens up the pores after getting clogged with oil and cheese. Also have done it on BB&B stones, and they seem to be a little tougher which leads me to believe there is a slight glaze on it. The sanding is done on a cold stone.

Im not sure if doing this would ruins a glazed stone.(the one in the picture isnt). I would think it would if thats what u prefer using, but i hate them so removeing the glaze to me is a good thing. I dont like them anyway. Stones should be porous to pull moisture out of the doughs. With those glazed strones you may as well be using teflon.

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DO NOT USE ANY SOAP ON A STONE! Ever.. It absorbs the soap and the flavor/smell never goes away. The wife put a BB&B stones in the sink and soaked it in Dawn. The next time I preheated it, u can smell the soap coming out of the oven.. It was ruined where it went in the trash.
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Thanks Chief. I have experienced the soapy stone effect once before. That is a lesson I won't forget any time soon. Smelled up the whole house. My wife got excited 'cause she thought I was doing the dishes.
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Like Poobah I just scrape mine off with a ball of foil and cook on.........Have you ever looked inside the oven at a really busy pizza joint? They just brush them out and cook on!
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Looks well seasoned to me.
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Considereing the bird sh*t, if it were mine it would be int trash and I'd buy a new one, they are not that expensive. As far as cleaning a stone without bird sh*t, I do what Pooh does (pun intended)!
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I use a similar technique as the esteemed Grand Poohbah. Instead of using sandpaper, I give it a healthy shaking of salt. Rubbing the salt with a papertowel or cloth is enough of an abrasive to take the goop off. I do the same thing with my cast iron skillet and dutch oven.
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M-m-m! Guano! Toss ot.
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Bird Poop means toss. Yes, I know 500 degrees and it's dust. But every time I looked at the stain I'd be reminded.
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Bird Poop means toss. Yes, I know 500 degrees and it's dust. But every time I looked at the stain I'd be reminded.
If you were to freeze a piece of dog chit and use to scrap off the bird chit, would they cancel each other out?

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If you were to freeze a piece of dog chit and use to scrap off the bird chit, would they cancel each other out?

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Nice tree falling in the forest analogy Bill. My answer would be no to the cancel and yes someone woud hear it.
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The stains aren't from the poop. It already had the large stain from leaving a couple of pieces of pie on it for a long time once. When it heats up it smells like pepperoni grease and butter.

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