Half serious here.
- Maybe we need to create a Forum spec to replace VPN, since VPN specifically outlaws non-WFO bakes. To save the trees, to save energy, and to still appreciate the beauty and flavor of great pizza, all forms of baking would be encouraged.
- Instead of VPN, we call the new standard "PMS2" or Pizza Making Specification for Stoners (2Stone, Blackstone, etc.).
Ok, somebody else pick the name
You have VPN
so why not VPS
for Verace Pizza Stoners
I've been reading everything I can about 2Stone and Blackstone here. At first I was looking at both with a jaundice viewpoint of eventually wanting a wood fired oven. But after partaking in building wood-fired ovens and not getting around to building one in over four years I am wondering if building one is feasible in my future. My problem is 3-4 months of extreme winter and RV travel keeping me away mostly in spring and fall. An outdoor wood-fired oven would get buried under snow. I could use a gas stone oven on my 4-sided gazebo screen porch under protection even if still cold. So, I am thinking if I want to up my game from my current electric range pizza oven and my electric clamshell table top pizza maker I will have to do something. Dylan down Under has convinced me a stoner can make a pizza as well. BTW, in regard to VPN, I have not seen too many wood-fired pizzerias that have baked at the required 905 F. I don't know if a busy pizzeria can keep up with that requirement.
I went to Cabelas yesterday and looked at the Blackstone. Maybe it was all the commiseration about shipping that led me to believe that unit was poorly made but I came away with the impression that the Blackstone was a quality product and would last years if treated right and protected. To justify one I would need some versatility such as baking bread, meat, etc. To me, for home use and back yard, I'm not sure I could justify the extra expense of a 2Stone unless someone could prove the extra BTUs are absolutely necessary. Obviously the Blackstone is not of the high quality as the 2Stone but my experience with backyard grills and such tells me the Blackstone will last. I will say this, I've quickly dismissed the idea of the gas fired Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto.