Yes, it actually works quite well for this pizza in terms of the quality of the pizza. The only issue with them is the 1-1/8" depth. Certainly not the deepest. Depending upon how much oil you use, you can get some dripping out into the oven & some smoking. I only use 1-1/2oz of oil in the pan these days so if you season them well and just use that little bit you'd probably not have a problem with overflow while baking.
You can also try the link from above: http://www.northernpizzaequipment.com/bluesteelpans.html
They appear to stock the 12x17's as well.
Awesome thread! After reading over the thread a few times I was wondering if you would mind addressing some of my questions below? Thanks!!
1. In post #21 you state that one 28oz can of crushed tomatoes will top (4) 12x17 pans of pizza. In post #122 you say one can will do (3) pizzas. Is it safe to assume post #122 is what you’re currently recommending?
2. In post #13 Apuleius (ex VP employee) states that “the sauce was equal parts cans of crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, into which an additional can of water was added, along with equal parts sugar and salt, and black pepper in smaller quantity”. Have you tried the sauce this way; does his claim have merit?
3. I’m using your method of pan seasoning mentioned in post #128 (Crisco, upside down at 250 for 2-3hrs). After the first go-thru the pan came out pretty tacky (able to leave fingerprints). Is this normal after the first go-thru; how should I proceed?
4. In one of your posts you eluded to the possibility of opening up your own shop one day. I was wondering if there has been any movement on that front for you?
BTW, Northern Pizza Equipment is no longer selling blue steel pans. The following is a response I received when I inquired as to when they might get more 12x17’s in stock.
Response: I am sorry to say that the Blue Steel Pans will no longer be available. According to our vendor, the manufacture will no longer be making them, due to a shortage of the blue steel.
If anyone finds another outlet please let me know!