Owners of gas grills now have the option of turning their grill into a gourmet pizza oven. The BakerStone Pizza Oven Box helps convert your grill to an oven. The going price is about $150.
The claim of the box is that it will turn out pizzas in 2 to 4 minutes. The folks at Consumer report decided to put these claims to the test. Their grill pros and the pizza master conducted the tests.
The BakerStone Pizza Oven Box is a porcelain enamel steel box. It is heavy, weighing in at 27 pounds. The box sits on your gas grill grates. It on works on grills that have at least 3 burners. Inside the box there is a refractory stone cooking chamber. This traps the hot air and uses that to cook the pizza. In the tests conducted, Consumer Reports used a 4 burner grill. They preheated the box for 30 minutes and then baked eight 12 inch pizzas. In comparison, they also cooked pizzas on a pizza stone atop another 4 burner grill.
The pizzas cooked in the box took about 4 minutes to bake. Those participating in the test did not notice a drastic difference between the stone cooked and the BakerStone Pizza Oven box cooked pizzas. The pizza master noted that he has used a wood-fired pizza oven for 20 years and he felt that the box cooked pizzas in a similar fashion with crispy crusts and well cooked toppings.
The BakerStone Pizza Oven Box can be found at retailers like Amazon, Costco and Bed, Bath & Beyond.