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Offline zaafreak

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1940 on: April 10, 2013, 09:20:24 AM »
My LBE is virtually identical to Boatman 2's (see page 92).  It works great! For simplicity's sake, I suggest duplicating it.  The oven has a "sweet spot" for "neo-NY" style from 600* to 675*. In this temperature range the top and bottom of the pizza cook at the same rate.  At higher temps, the bottom tends to cook too quickly, resulting in a bit of a gum line. As Scott123 suggested, a stone with lower conductivity than cordeirite may work better if you are seeking a higher temperature Neapolitan style pie.


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Re: Little Black Egg - Dough Recipe
« Reply #1941 on: April 10, 2013, 11:12:58 AM »
We are looking to make our first home made pizza in our LBE this weekend and wondered if anyone can provide a pretty easy pizza dough recipe. I've seen some on here with % etc of flour, water, etc. however, since I'm new can someone provide a recipe that reflects measurements in cups, etc. I'm trying to get a light airy dough. I will be making a batch of this pizza starter this weekend however, is there a recipe I can use this weekend that does not call for the pizza starter.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
Mitch
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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1942 on: April 10, 2013, 12:11:31 PM »
Member "JConk" makes beautiful WFO pizza using IDY.
For the type of pizza you are attempting I highly recommend taking 5 minutes to understand weight measuring....these doughs can act very finicky and it will drive you crazy chasing after something as simple as not having the correct amount of flour.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1943 on: April 10, 2013, 06:58:53 PM »
Thanks zaa! I have looked at that build and thought it was pretty right on.
Been out of town, but have a long weekend coming up. Maybe i can finish mine and fire it up.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1944 on: April 13, 2013, 02:00:28 PM »
Got a little work in on the egg.
I added the 4 bolts and was wondering if i could use the heavier duty grate on the bolts with the lighter full size grate on top.
I was planning on using firebrick to start for the hearth. Will this setup withstand the heat and weight?
Also i thought about using the ash catcher that comes with the grill as a defuser, will it work?

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1945 on: April 13, 2013, 03:53:51 PM »
I do like that Moose....probably want to heat and flip that ash catcher a while as it may have zinc coating.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1946 on: April 13, 2013, 04:09:11 PM »
Is the ash catcher zinc-plated steel, or is it aluminum?  I looked at mine, and I couldn't tell.  If aluminum, the direct flame impinging on it will likely melt right through it.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1947 on: April 13, 2013, 05:58:56 PM »
Not sure what its made of. I figured it may melt, just a thought. Trying to use whatever i have without buying much. The firebrick really should not need a deflector anyways right? I can always use a cast iron pan like some have done.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1948 on: April 13, 2013, 10:40:16 PM »
The fire won't harm the firebrick, but depending on how spread out the fire is, the bricks may not heat evenly.  You could have hot spots.

If the ash pan is aluminum, it'll melt at 1200 degrees.  There are pictures earlier in this thread of melted aluminum pizza pans that were used as fire deflectors in the direct flame.

I thought you were going to cut a steel plate to go under your firebrick. If you have the 1/4 inch steel, then an air gap, then your firebrick, you should get more even heating.  But that's just my theory.  That's how I'm building my LBE, but I haven't got it completed yet. 

Today I drilled four holes in my kettle and put in two half-inch diameter rebar supports for my 1/4 inch plate.  I put my 1/4 inch plate on top of the rebar, then put my charcoal grate on top of the plate to make an air gap, then put my pizza stone on top of that.  I just need to work on the lid vent and ceiling mods, and I'll be ready to test. 

For now, my pizza stone is an el-cheapo from Target or Marshall's, and I'm sure it won't be suitable in the long run.  But I can get started with it.  When it breaks, I'll replace it with firebrick splits or cordierite kiln shelving.
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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1949 on: April 13, 2013, 11:22:33 PM »
Sounds like a good plan.
I am sure these things take a bit of tweaking.
I just want to get it close, then go from there.
I can go to steel plate if i need too, i suppose i will see if i can get away without it.
Post some pics if you get a chance, its cool to see how others have done it.


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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1950 on: April 14, 2013, 12:47:50 AM »
I'm taking pictures as I go.  I am planning to post them all at once when I'm done.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1951 on: April 20, 2013, 07:23:43 PM »
Hey guys, i fired up the egg this morning to burn off any new grill smell.
I let it heat for 15 minutes or so. I am ready to make pizza later and was wondering about heat up times.
Start on low for 20 minutes or so? Then crank up as i add the pie?
I will post some pics of my first attempt.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1952 on: April 20, 2013, 10:25:43 PM »
Yeah, never mind.
Had a major regulator freeze up.
Ended up finishing the pie in the oven.  :-\
Any suggestions to keep or prevent this from happening?
It worked fine this morning, and froze off half way through the heat up this afternoon.
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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1953 on: April 21, 2013, 05:19:01 AM »
Used to have that trouble when using Blue Rhino gas.  Since I started taking my tanks to a local hardware store, hasn't happened.
I'd rather eat one good meal a day than 3 squares of garbage.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1954 on: April 21, 2013, 12:30:42 PM »
I remember reading somewhere that this can happen if the burner valve is open before you open the tank valve.
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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1955 on: April 21, 2013, 01:41:40 PM »
it happen to me once on my gas grill. to get it unstuck.  close your tank valve, than open your burner valve. than close your burner valve.
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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1956 on: April 25, 2013, 08:15:36 PM »
Made my first pie on the LBE.
I am happy with the first try, i should have preheated longer as the bottom was a tad doughy.
I was more afraid i would end up with charcoal. I used a dough with AP and no oil or sugar. I have two young boys, so NO pizza goes to waste.

Would i have better luck with 00 flour?
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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1957 on: April 25, 2013, 08:22:28 PM »
Made my first pie on the LBE.
I am happy with the first try, i should have preheated longer as the bottom was a tad doughy.
I was more afraid i would end up with charcoal. I used a dough with AP and no oil or sugar. I have two young boys, so NO pizza goes to waste.

Would i have better luck with 00 flour?

Holy Clap, Moose!!!

That's your first try ???? :o

You are destined for greatness!!!!

I'm being serious. That is a great looking pie. Doubt 00 would improve on what you got.

To quote an illustrious pizzaiolo: "This here ain't no rocket ship". Just start riffing on that great foundation!

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1958 on: April 25, 2013, 08:25:27 PM »
And here is a song about your place, by some boys from my place.

I love Wyoming.

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Re: Little Black Egg
« Reply #1959 on: April 25, 2013, 08:33:00 PM »
That's pretty nice browning for AP and no sugar.
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