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Offline TRRH

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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #60 on: June 23, 2014, 11:06:34 AM »
Looks good,  good cornicione puff!
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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #61 on: June 23, 2014, 02:53:05 PM »
That does look like a mess of stuff I'd like to chomp into.  Nice bake.
Dave

That's funny. Every time I make a pie I tell myself to put fewer toppings on it. But I end up with a ton. I wonder what a pie would be like with fewer toppings. :-D

These pies were made with a 3 day fermented multigrain bread flour and they turned out pretty good but I think I still prefer white dough. I wonder if the multigrain flour had anything to do with the bottom char or if I just had the stone too hot before the launch. Oh well, the learning will continue.

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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #62 on: June 24, 2014, 09:01:00 AM »
Hillbilly,

You are convincing me the PizzaQue has potential. $199 and portability in an RV might also convince me.

I'm going to try making a pizza on that cast aluminum Weber Q 320 I just bought to see how it works. It gets pretty hot, almost too hot, and with a stone sitting on top of a thick cast iron griddle it might be interesting. If it works it might delay my plans.
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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #63 on: June 24, 2014, 02:13:21 PM »
Hillbilly,

You are convincing me the PizzaQue has potential. $199 and portability in an RV might also convince me.

I'm going to try making a pizza on that cast aluminum Weber Q 320 I just bought to see how it works. It gets pretty hot, almost too hot, and with a stone sitting on top of a thick cast iron griddle it might be interesting. If it works it might delay my plans.

I've been wrestling with taking the PQ or the Breville and there are pros and cons for each. I prefer the pizza produced on the PQ but the PQ is a little heavier and bulkier, which a bit of an issue for us. We are going for a fishing holiday for almost 2 months and we will be staying in our truck camper and there is very little room in it for storing or transporting things. We pull a boat behind the truck and it is loaded with a lot of stuff like a freezer, BBQ, fish coolers, crab cooker, Coscto awning, etc and there isn't much room to stuff anything more into the boat either. Both the truck and boat trailer are pretty much maxed out for allowable weight and available space when we travel so adding a box for either pizza maker will be a bit of a challenge, but I will make it work. If I had lots of room available I wouldn't hesitate to take the PQ. I'll probably end up taking it anyways. One of them is going for sure. ;D

Don't forget to post pics of your pie from the kettle.
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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #64 on: June 25, 2014, 08:19:48 AM »
The Weber Q 320 experiment did not go well. I never got the grill to heat up over 400F. I went online and searched and found several sources say they could get it to heat over 550F. So, I don't know if my 14" x 16" stone retarded the heat or whether maybe my propane tank was close to empty. I had to finish up in the oven in the house.
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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #65 on: June 25, 2014, 11:24:58 AM »
Too bad about the Weber experiment. Are you going to try again or get a pizza oven?

I've made my choice for the fishing trip and we are taking the Breville, only because it is smaller and will take less room to transport and store. It is also lighter so it can be moved around easier while we're camping. The place we go to occasionally has theft problems. Mostly they steal beer but we've had other things taken while we're sleeping. So the Breville will get packed into a container after each use and stored in the camper, somewhere. Don't have room to do that with the PQ. I will miss the nice crusty rim produced by the PQ. But at least I will still have pizza. :)

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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #66 on: June 25, 2014, 02:08:32 PM »
I fired up the Weber Q this morning for a test without the stone on the grill this time and it reached 550F in 10 short minutes and then I shut it down. Maybe I did something wrong in firing it up last night. I can't believe putting the stone in would have that affect to retard the temperature. So now I have to try it again. The temp last night was hovering around 300 to 350F. It has two burners. Maybe one of the burners didn't fire. It would seem that if I can get it at 550F+ that it should outperform my kitchen oven. What is not good is you have to open the lid to see progress.

I'm probably still leaning toward the PizzaQue over the Blackstone. What I like about it is you can be actively engaged with turning the pizza as you should do with a wood-fired oven. If anyone starts producing decent leoparding then I would be convinced. Where is our Dylan down under?  ;D  Anything under 5 minutes would be fine. My Breville and kitchen oven take 8 to 10 minutes. The price and size are a plus as well.

The Breville would definitely be easier to carry in a space starved RV. What I now know is a Dutch oven pizza bake is not the way to go. Not only is it difficult to drop a formed pie into a deep walled oven but I don't see how one could add enough charcoal coals to get the bake under 15 minutes.
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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #67 on: June 25, 2014, 10:55:15 PM »
Follow up: I've got to try again with the Weber Q. I tested it again with the stone in place. This time the grill heated up to 500 but it took 20 minutes instead of 10 without a stone. Last night it never got over 400 after 30 minutes. Conclusion: There are two separate burners. One of them must have been off but I don't know how. At 500 degrees I could have easily baked a pizza I think.
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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #68 on: July 01, 2014, 04:33:10 PM »
What recipes are you guys using for the best results on the PQ? I'm getting mixed results in terms of rise.



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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #69 on: July 26, 2014, 12:47:42 PM »
I decided to return my PizzaQue a few days ago. Not that I was very unhappy with it, but the local Lowes finally got a Blackstone in stock and I just couldn't give that up. Thanks to Canadian Tire for taking the used PizzaQue back without any original packaging.

My summary of the PizzaQue for anyone else wondering:

+ Pro: Pretty cheap at $200
+ Pro: Small size and profile
+ Pro: Light enough to actually be considered mobile
+ Pro: Convenient way to move the pizza making to the balcony to avoid smoking up the kitchen inside
+ Pro: Makes a pretty good non-NP pizza!

- Con: Does not get hot enough for NP pizza
- Con: Small stone and entry hole limits the size of the pie
- Con: Igniter never worked for me (used matches)
- Con: Thermometer is lies, all lies
- Con: Temperature is highly affected by wind

I've only done a few pies on the new Blackstone so far, but I have to admit it is a whole different world. It's massive, though. So I'm not sure the wife agrees that the Blackstone is better by any means :)

Attaching a photo of the last pie I did in my PizzaQue.


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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #70 on: July 26, 2014, 08:45:00 PM »
Cupcake,  I am not a fan of the BS thermometer, don't think it is of any use at all, though some use it.   Surprised to read your wife doesn't think the BS makes a better pizza.  I think that the PizzaQue has some pretty good features, especially for those that don't have the space, or the right, to use a dedicated gas oven outdoors. 

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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #71 on: July 27, 2014, 01:06:10 PM »
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Surprised to read your wife doesn't think the BS makes a better pizza.

To clarify: I meant that she was critical to how much bigger the BS is than the PQ. It just takes up a lot more space. But I'm hoping she'll consider it acceptable once I master the BS and produce great pizza.

Another pro for the PQ is that it is pretty much silent. The torch on the BS, on the other hand, sounds like a frickin' jet engine .

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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #72 on: July 27, 2014, 01:25:06 PM »
I've been getting more use of the PQ while on holidays and I'm really starting to like it. It seems much easier to control the temps when the PQ  is in an area that is protected from the wind. I might also be that more experience with it is resulting in better pies.

I'm still considering the BS but would keep the PQ even if I got one.

Cupcake where did you get the BS from and how much was it?

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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #73 on: July 27, 2014, 08:56:46 PM »
Cupcake,  thanks, that makes much more sense.     Good luck with your BS, and yes it does sound like a jet engine.

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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #74 on: July 28, 2014, 03:27:07 PM »
Cupcake where did you get the BS from and how much was it?


Ah, I see you're in BC. I got it from Lowe's in New Westminster - who finally got it in stock. But there might be a store closer to you? They still have 1 left according to their website. It's $399 - which I consider to be pretty cheap by Canadian standards. Call ahead and put it on hold if you decide to go for it.

See: http://www.lowes.ca/blackstone/blackstone-54-in-single-burner-1-lb-cylinder-electronic-ignition-outdoor-stove_g1773064.html

Btw, walked by a kitchen stuff store yesterday. They were selling the PQ for $399!

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Re: PizzaQue tabletop propane oven
« Reply #75 on: July 28, 2014, 09:55:09 PM »
Thanks cupcake. I agree $399 is a great deal!!


 

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