Pizza-Porta™- The answer to Authentic Pizza at home.
The Pizza-Porta optimizes the oven environment in a Big Green Egg or a Kamado Joe. By adding a door and vents, you can take advantage of consistent, even temperatures for hours of pizza cooking or hearth baking.
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How it Works:
Without the Pizza-Porta
The heat source in a kamado grill is below the pizza stone. The fire heats the plate setter, which heats the bottom of the pizza stone. The dome heats up as the heat rises and escapes through the chimney. The challenge is that the heat is exiting so rapidly that it is difficult to get the dome hot enough to cook the top of the pizza. As the temperature is increased over 450F the differential in temperature increases and the stone burns the bottom before the dome cooks the top. Opening the lid complicates temperature control even further because each time the dome is open 1) Significant heat is lost, 2) The dome ceramic cools 3) The fire is fully vented. This variability in temperature detracts from the quality of your crust.
With the Pizza-Porta
With the Pizza-Porta installed, the interior stone setup is the same. The performance difference is due to the modification of the cooking chamber. Heat is concentrated in the dome area, heating the ceramic of the dome to balance with the temperature of the stone. Heat must also pass over the pizza to escape out the side vents resulting in convection cooking. The size of the door is calibrated so opening has limited impact on the interior temperature. These details all work together to ensure the environment inside the oven is balanced top and bottom at a consistent temperature. This balanced temperature chamber will make lighter, crispier crust; whether it is one pizza or twenty.