I have to tell you that I must have read at least 50% of the posts on pizzamaking.com before posing a few questions. Most if not all of the questions you have asked have already been discussed to the nth degree on this site.PNW
I expected a reply similar to yours.
I have been lurking around for about a month. I may have read over 300 posts, and lots of threads. Including threads about thermometers, infrared thermometers, digital scales, food processor vs dough mixer, etc. I will say I read more about ovens i.e LGE and 2stone's products and posts than about making dough. Why, I wasn't sure I wanted to hassle with dough making since TJs is so close.
As it turns out like many here I like to cook, and tinker, and it thus want to get my hands all doughy.
I think it would be great to have a sticky for the newbie category that covered a FAQ on pizza equipment.
I also believe that many of the readers on this forum as their pizza making skill improved, possibly their opinions about equipment change. Hence your comment on the digital scale.
So I posed the question for several reasons:
1. Hopefully it may be useful to other newbies, because the subject will be indexed with Newbie and equipment, thus helping new users searching for the same information, they could find an extensive thread (this one, maybe not) covering the info they and I seek.
2. Maybe I and other newbies get lucky and avoid buying products that others have tested and found not measuring up.
3. This is a specific topic, asking the question, what is required, sort of startup kit if you will. Some will feel not much is needed, yet other experienced pizza makers may think more than the minimum is necessary.
Finally if no one is interested in covering what has been already covered, thats fine too. The necessary info is somewhere on this forum, requiring multiple searches, and hours of pouring through follow-up posts that may or may not be germane. I applaud you for searching out this info, and scolding us that haven't followed your path. However as the proverb says: "you didn't receive, because you didn't ask". I chose asking first, maybe a good samaritan will offer some help. (However some may think I mean disrespect here, I don't, I know PNW is a regular contributor to the forum and appreciate his input, sometimes I can be a bit sarcastic. Again no disrespect PNW!)
Last I participate on a couple of different forums, mainly about a product I really enjoy using in cooking. I try to respond to those thinking about that product so they can avoid the pitfalls I encounter. I am hoping experienced PMFers will offer the same kind of help, or point me in the right direction. BTW Pete-zza is amazing with the tireless help he offers every day, as do many other PMFers including PNW.