I live in Cambridge, MA. With winter approaching, what precautions should be taken with the Blackstone oven? How gently does the oven need to be heated to prevent the stone from cracking? Should the oven be brought into my garage for the season when the average nighttime temperature drops below a certain point?
As a follow up to questions about using the Blackstone in cold temps in this thread and a couple others - I had a chance to use the BS in chilly temps the other night and I am happy to report it performed fantastically!! The stone started at 20 degrees and after a minute or two on low it climbed over 100, so I cranked it up and after 20 minutes it was a nice 800+. And I share not because I didn't trust the words of others - I was more concerned with myself being able to handle cooking outside in the cold!! I think I performed okay, but surely not as well as the Blackstone. My kids loved the big puff of "smoke" (moisture) that occurred every time I took a hot pizza out of the oven!
It wasn't all pleasant - pretty tough to scrape the newly fallen snow off the cover and then even tougher to put the cold/frozen cover back on after. And the motor really struggled at the start - it barely turned and I had to help it along for a bit until warmed up. Might have to bring that inside (and this is an upgraded motor). But good to know that nothing was tough enough to prevent outdoor pizza making this winter!
The main reason for my post is I am looking for a thread on this forum where someone put firebricks or insulation in the area behind the cooking chamber in the Blackstone. Not that I think it is completely necessary, but I have a bunch of firebricks laying around and was thinking that they may help hold heat in the oven allowing for a more efficient use of gas. Granted for cooking the other night after I cooked a few neo-pizzas at 800 degrees I turned the oven to the lowest setting and it held a solid 600 degrees while I cooked up some other (beer dough) pizzas. But there was no wind and winds are what normally hamper my outdoor grilling/smoking in the winter. So I'm thinking the extra insulation or firebricks up top might be useful as a barrier.
Anyway...anyone know where to look for that post? I've used the search function with every combination of words I can think of related to the modification and I can't find it.