Scott, thanks for your unsolicited concern and criticism and I am well aware of the posts and the short comings of the Kettle Pizza. I in no way said I created something that fixed these issues nor is any better than the original product. In your reference to this thing being worthless without a top stone is entirely your opinion and there are many people happy with what it is. Not everyone is out to make Neo pizza. The $20 cost does not include any stone. Last I saw the Kettle Pizza does not come with any either. As far as Zinc Poisoning, there is no concerns if you you know the facts about zinc and heating it. Any fumes that are given off by heating zinc react with oxygen to create zinc oxide, which is harmless. I believe the only way you will get any kind of poisoning is eating the flashing itself, LOL!
Now back on topic for those actually interested in the Kettle Pizza Clone...
I got the oven pre-heated up and that took about 45minutes to get it where I could add some wood. I used Mesquite chunks. Before I added the chunks I was running around 500F at the stone and up 1" above where my probe is. I also should mention that I used 1 starter full of charcoal and added another half right before I added the wood. I also closed the grate after I added some wood and put some coals and wood on top of the grate next to the stone. Within a few minutes I was starting to see 700F just above the stone and roughly 600F at the stone. Looking into the kettle I could see a nice layer of flame rolling across the top heading towards the opening. At that point the temp was close to 900F 4 inches up.
For this test I used the King Arthur Pizza Blend and I will say it creates just an average crust. Nothing spectacular but not bad either. It was quick and easy.
I created just 2 pizzas, a sausage and a pepperoni pizza, very simple.
I put them on the screens that I use in my oven. I usually bake them on it for about a minute and then slide off onto the stone.
Once I put it in the oven, first thing I realized that it was just a tad too big to be practical in the oven. Next time I will use my smaller screens. I just rotated the pizza as it cooked. It ended up taking about 4 minutes per pie. Top and bottom cooked really evenly.
Overall, I am very happy with my project and so far so good. Beats the heck out of spending $150 for one. Lots more experimenting to do and lots more to learn.