Like drinking beer, cooking food is more fun when you do it outside. And pizza, free from the constraints of the kitchen, is an excellent meal to prepare outside. Most pizza prep gear, be it an independent oven or a grill accessory, are a bit complicated and pricey. Which is why we’re so intrigued by the BakerStone Pizza Oven Box, a new grilling gadget that lets you cheaply and easily turn your gas grill into a brick oven.
The BakerStone is an enameled steel box that’s about two feet wide, 16 inches deep, and half a foot tall. One of its broad sides is open, revealing a slightly smaller interior chamber with walls made of the same refractory material as a standard pizza stone. You can bake cookies and roast vegetables in the box, but its best ability is making personal-sized pizzas.
You simply place the box on the grill and turn on the heat. As it sits on the grates, the metal housing uses convective, conductive and radiant heat to get the ceramic box inside as hot as 800 degrees Fahrenheit. After 15-20 minutes of preheating time, the built-in thermometer will reach the flame icon, indicating it’s time to bake. Slide in your assembled pie using a separately sold pizza peel, and use the peel to rotate your pizza every 40 seconds or so to ensure your pie cooks evenly. Per BakerBox’s website, it only takes two to four minutes to cook a pizza.
All things considered, the BakerStone seems great. There are a few different models available but our pick is the original, which retails for $130.