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Creating a home pizza oven is well worth it

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 14, 2009 at 11:24 a.m.

— There are many components that go into a great pizza, and opinions vary as to what they are, as reported in Wednesday's Food section.

But any pizza lover will agree that you can't bake one without a super-hot oven, and you can't replicate the effects of a great pizzeria oven with a standard home model. A home oven simply can't reach the right temperature or mimic the necessary radiant heat.

Short of remodeling your kitchen or constructing a wood-fired brick oven in your backyard (that's assuming you have a backyard and the necessary permits), great homemade pizza is just not going to happen at home.

At least that's the theory. But it turns out that great pizza is possible at home with some firebricks and a few ceramic tiles or a pizza stone.

To create a home pizza oven, use a regular pizza stone as a base and firebricks to build walls to absorb and radiate heat as a pie bakes. Then build a low "ceiling" out of split firebrick on the upper rack in the oven to create a small, enclosed chamber that allows the heat to radiate downward over the entire pizza for intense, even baking.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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