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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2017, 04:55:13 PM »
Step 1 - Figure out how to remove front side panel to clean / inspect gas controls.

Step 2 - Remove front side panel.

Step 3 - Try to imagine how that much grease got in there.

Step 4 - Wash my hands..... Yuck!

Ive seen some people cleaning stuff like that off in the street in front of the used restaurant equipment places in soho.
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2017, 05:17:43 PM »
Thanks, Norma - hope you had fun this week and I'll try not to bug you too much  ::)

Norm,

Yes, fun on vacation in warmer weather.  Now come back to snow. 

If you want me to take any photos of the inside of my oven I can.  You wouldn't be bugging me if you asked questions.  I have asked many questions on the forum.   :-D


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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2017, 06:06:38 PM »
Awesome score, Norm!  8)

Can't wait to see your giant NY slices!
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« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2017, 06:31:43 PM »
Ive seen some people cleaning stuff like that off in the street in front of the used restaurant equipment places in soho.

It is kicking my butt - like removing hard tar - I have tried everything I can think of but no joy.
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« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2017, 06:33:13 PM »
Thanks, Norma - BTW, glad you had fun!!!!!

Thanks, Ryan, it will be fun to mess with!
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #25 on: December 15, 2017, 07:10:32 PM »
It is kicking my butt - like removing hard tar - I have tried everything I can think of but no joy.

Oven cleaner and wrap it with plastic. Rinse. Repeat.
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« Reply #26 on: December 15, 2017, 07:29:39 PM »
BTW I hope you weren't kidding about the 24" pizza because that would be epic!

I haven't been making NY pies lately because I'm unimpressed with not being able to bake the whole 18" pie direct on stone again. Back to smaller pies, for now, but I've been craving a big folded slice!
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #27 on: December 15, 2017, 08:39:15 PM »
BTW I hope you weren't kidding about the 24" pizza because that would be epic!

I haven't been making NY pies lately because I'm unimpressed with not being able to bake the whole 18" pie direct on stone again. Back to smaller pies, for now, but I've been craving a big folded slice!
Ryan,

Can’t you start an 18” pizza on an 18” screen and once the pizza sets up and is reasonably rigid slide the pizza off of the screen onto a preheated pizza stone to finish baking? I used to do that with a 14” x 16” pizza stone. There was some overlap but it didn’t adversely affect the pizza. This method was not perfect but I liked making an 18” pizza from time to time.

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« Reply #28 on: December 16, 2017, 12:08:14 PM »
Ryan,

Can’t you start an 18” pizza on an 18” screen and once the pizza sets up and is reasonably rigid slide the pizza off of the screen onto a preheated pizza stone to finish baking? I used to do that with a 14” x 16” pizza stone. There was some overlap but it didn’t adversely affect the pizza. This method was not perfect but I liked making an 18” pizza from time to time.

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That's exactly what I used to do until my large stone broke. I'm down to just a 12" stone currently, which had led me through many screen only bakes in my NY phase. I feel like both methods can achieve great tasting pizza, but do feel it's just not quite the same as a full stone bake.

The challenge I ran into when using a stone smaller than the pizza size is I felt like I would have to cook the pie about halfway through before I felt confident enough to transfer to stone. I was also using a 14" peel so it was always a bit tricky!
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #29 on: December 16, 2017, 03:18:48 PM »
I know what you mean - I think the difference is pretty small but (most of us here) hold ourselves to a very high standard so we tend to notice things that 99.999% of other people would not  :pizza:
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #30 on: December 16, 2017, 03:27:42 PM »
The good news - grease tar gunk only in that one front corner of the oven - thank goodness. The other side and burner area (really everywhere) is in remarkably great shape.
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #31 on: December 16, 2017, 03:31:58 PM »
Of course - I could not leave all the rust on the door hinges / bushings so I busted out the impact hammer and disassembled it - I know I could have left it as is - but I'm a rust buster :-D

PS. Everything rusted soaking in an oxalic acid bath
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #32 on: December 17, 2017, 12:30:06 PM »
Cleaning old cast iron grill grate from a Lodge Sportsman's Grill. Need to do all the pieces and season them. Will do the cast iron waffle irons next week.

Manual 12 V DC charger, rebar anode, solution is water and washing soda (primarily sodium carbonate) . Safe and very effective. Do it outdoors because it does produce hydrogen.

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« Reply #33 on: December 17, 2017, 12:58:54 PM »
Cool, I have read about that process (I think it was for old cast iron pans) but I have never tried it. Cant wait to see how it comes out....
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #34 on: December 17, 2017, 02:37:24 PM »
Step 3 - Try to imagine how that much grease got in there.

Years ago, I decided to clean out the flat-top griddle in the restaurant I worked at. It probably had never been opened up in the 20+ years it was in service. It had literally grease 1"+ thick in places that had polymerized/crystallized and turned red, yellow, green, and blue. It was actually kind of pretty in a disgusting sort of way.
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #35 on: December 17, 2017, 05:43:15 PM »
Years ago, I decided to clean out the flat-top griddle in the restaurant I worked at. It probably had never been opened up in the 20+ years it was in service. It had literally grease 1"+ thick in places that had polymerized/crystallized and turned red, yellow, green, and blue. It was actually kind of pretty in a disgusting sort of way.

What is odd is that corner is the only spot with the "tar" grease - I think in whatever kitchen it came out of someone must have set a pan on that top corner and spilled grease, then it just baked on to all of the gas controls, wires and piping. It is so hard to get off - been working on it with dental tools for days - too many nooks and crannies. I'm afraid to use oven cleaner because of the gaskets in the controls.
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #36 on: December 17, 2017, 05:45:44 PM »
What is odd is that corner is the only spot with the "tar" grease - I think in whatever kitchen it came out of someone must have set a pan on that top corner and spilled grease, then it just baked on to all of the gas controls, wires and piping. It is so hard to get off - been working on it with dental tools for days - too many nooks and crannies. I'm afraid to use oven cleaner because of the gaskets in the controls.
I realize it’s more expensive but have you considered just replacing the nasty bits with new parts from BP?
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« Reply #37 on: December 17, 2017, 05:53:40 PM »
If that beauty doesn’t work out for your application it’s still worth big $$.
Someone could make a living with it.
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« Reply #38 on: December 17, 2017, 06:00:25 PM »
I realize it’s more expensive but have you considered just replacing the nasty bits with new parts from BP?

That would be way too expensive - I'm not giving up, if it takes a month, so be it  :-D
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Re: Bakers Pride GP-61 -- or -- Whoever dies with the most pizza ovens wins!!!
« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2017, 06:04:45 PM »
If that beauty doesn’t work out for your application it’s still worth big $$.
Someone could make a living with it.
Not sure what you consider big money but the ovens can be the cheapest thing one buys in appliances for a pizzeria.  I paid $1,200 for 2- Blodgett  1000 ovens and had to put about $500 into them with a lot of elbow grease.  They have performed flawlessly for almost 10 years with only a thermocouple gone bad - $30 fix.  Walter
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