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"Baking Steel" - in the UK


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#1 Michael Speleoto

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

Hi everyone,

 

Saw this reviewed on Serious Eats, was interested in purchasing one for myself, but the shipping to the UK is ~$87! Does anyone know of cheap alternatives, or whether we could set up some kind of group buy to get the shipping cost below the cost of the actual product.

 

http://bakingsteel.com/

 

 



#2 Hassouni

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:46 PM

All i takes is a 1/4 to 1/2 inch sheet of steel. If you can find that locally, you're good to go



#3 Matthew Grant

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:38 AM

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#4 HungryC

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

Cast iron has different thermal properties than steel.  Here's a comparison of a CI baking surface vs. a steel baking surface:  http://slice.serious...iron-pizza.html



#5 RobM

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:40 AM

I just bought a piece of steel off eBay for £15, there's plenty of fabrication guys on there who'll happily cut you a piece to size (which allows you to choose the dimensions you want.) When it turns up, give it a really good wash and season, then you're good to go!



#6 Baselerd

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:03 AM

Just search for local metalworking or machine shops. Give them a call and ask for a 1/4" or 1/2" thick plate of steel in your desired dimensions. I can almost guarantee it will be cheaper than the "Baking Steel." If you want it to have the nice matte finish ask them to bead blast it for you.


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#7 Michael Speleoto

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:52 PM

Just realised I never dropped in a thanks - those are great ideas and I'll be chasing them up soon. Cheers.



#8 &roid

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:30 AM

I just bought a piece of steel off eBay for £15, there's plenty of fabrication guys on there who'll happily cut you a piece to size (which allows you to choose the dimensions you want.) When it turns up, give it a really good wash and season, then you're good to go!

 

Hi Rob, could you share a link to who you got this from on ebay? What, specifically did you order? How has it been since you got it?


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#9 &roid

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 04:37 AM

To answer my own question, I found this place on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/...984.m1497.l2649

Got two (one's a present) 350mm square 12mm thick steel plates. They were pretty coated with a grubby rusty substance when they arrived but a 24 hour soak in normal vinegar got that off with no effort at all. A good wash in soapy water and an hour or so seasoning in the oven with a thin layer of oil and they were ready to go.

Made my first batch of pizza yesterday and will be posting more about it when I get the pictures sorted, suffice to say they were the best I've ever made. Couldn't be happier with the steel. Especially as each one cost just over £30 delivered, compared to over $200 for the equivalent from bakingsteel.com.

Edited by &roid, 21 September 2013 - 04:40 AM.

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