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Looking for a pizza stone? Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found, and care tips on how to clean it and what to do if it cracks.

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A pizza stone is key to first-rate homemade pizza. Alex and I know from experience! Over the past 10 years, we’ve been researching how to make the best homemade pizza. The key to a great pizza is cooking it at very, very high heat. Since a standard oven can only reach temperatures of 550 degrees, if you’re making homemade pizza in your home oven it’s important to have have a pizza stone. This makes the pizza crust perfectly crispy on the bottom and chewy in the inside. Here’s the pizza stone we use!

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What’s the best pizza stone?

Looking for a pizza stone? Confession: Alex and I have gone through a few pizza stones in our day; we’ve cracked a few! (For the reasons why pizza stones crack, see the section below on Why did it crack?) So, we’ve now invested in one that’s a little more heavy duty. It’s more durable than most inexpensive stones, but still moderately priced. Here’s the one we think is the best: Rocksheat 15″ Pizza Stone.

ORDER IT! Round pizza stone $39

Pizza stone in the oven
A margherita pizza cooking on our pizza stone

How to clean a pizza stone?

You shouldn’t need to clean your pizza stone, since cooking pizza on it will season it. Expect that it will become discolored as you use it: a seasoned stone is a good thing!

If you do want to clean it however, do not use soap or oil, and do not submerge it in water. The pizza stone is porous, so if you use soap it is absorbed into the stone. And, moisture can cause it to crack. Instead, let the stone cool to room temperature before cleaning it. Then use a blunt object like a spatula or plastic scraper to scrape off any burned pieces of food. If necessary, wipe it down with a damp cloth. Let your stone dry completely before using it again. For more info, go to How to Clean a Pizza Stone.

How to use a pizza stone

You might be wondering: do you preheat a pizza stone? How long to heat the pizza stone in the oven? Here’s how to use a pizza stone:

  • Place the stone in the oven right when you preheat it for making the pizza. This way, it’s blazing hot when you go to make your pizza. It doesn’t really matter how long to heat the pizza stone in the oven: simply make sure it’s there during the preheating time.
  • When you’re ready to make the pizza, stretch the pizza dough and place it onto a pizza peel dusted with cornmeal or semolina flour. The pizza peel is essential for sliding pizza onto the stone: there’s nothing like it!

Related: Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Pizza stone

Why did my pizza stone crack?

It’s not uncommon that a pizza stone can crack! Since it’s made of ceramic, drastic changes in temperature can cause a fracture to occur. Also, submerging the stone in water can weaken it if its not allowed to dry properly. Putting oil on a stone can also cause it to crack.

How to avoid cracking your pizza stone? Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your stone in the oven at all times. This way it will be in the oven for the preheat and won’t undergo drastic temperature changes.
  • Minimize handling. Moving the stone in and out of the oven can cause cracks.
  • Avoid submerging the stone in water or oiling it. Refer to the washing instructions above.

Some cheaper pizza stones aren’t designed to withstand very high temperatures. Check the specifications before you buy your stone (this pizza stone can withstand up to 2000 degrees!).

What if you follow all these directions and your stone still cracks? Don’t worry about it — you can actually still use a cracked stone! All you have to do is keep the two halves of the stone next to each other in the oven. Since you don’t need to ever take the stone out of the oven, it works the same whether it’s whole or broken!

Margherita pizza cooked on pizza stone
This margherita pizza was cooked on a pizza stone to get crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside

Looking for pizza recipes?

Here are a few of our favorite pizza recipes so you can use your stone:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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6 Comments

  1. Melissa Poole says:

    The links in the article don’t seem to be working. Are you able to update the links? I found two pizza stones by googling the name you referenced, so I’m not sure which is the right one.

    Thanks!

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Thanks for letting us know! Looks like that one is not available so we’ve found a comparable one and updated the post. Here’s a link!

  2. Dave says:

    The around $36 pizza stone went up about $20 (or roughly 67%) in the span of a week. Not the deal it once was!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you!!

  4. Gay says:

    Which rack to you cook your pizza on?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Center rack!