5 out of 5 stars
Making great crusts (like you find on Neapolitan-style pizza) traditionally requires a 700-1000F wood-fired oven. Nerdchef Steel Stone replicates that performance in a home oven with its super-high heat transfer ability - transfering heat energy 20 times faster than ceramic. It creates beautiful and crispier crusts, gorgeous blistering throughout, and it cooks faster.
One of the top features of a steel baking stone is the high heat conductivity of steel. The NerdChef Steel Stone boasts 20x faster heat transfer than ceramic & stone. This translates to the NerdChef Steel Stone being able to heat your pizza crust, bread, or any other food cooked on the steel baking stone. Thermal conductivity is measured in terms of watts per meter kelvin. Traditional ceramic baking stones have a thermal conductivity of 1-3 watts per meter kelvin. The NerdChef Steel Stone boasts a conductivity of 54 watts per meter kelvin.
To put it in other terms, imagine a stone and a steel sheet sitting in the sun on a hot day for a long time. If you were to walk on the stone, you wouldn't get burned, though your feet would be really hot. If you walked on the steel sheet, your feet would definitely have severe burns afterward. Now imagine cooking a pizza or flatbread. Your pizza would cook much faster on the steel, because of heat conductivity!
Solid steel, Unbreakable
Steel is much more durable than stone. No fancy scientific terms for this, but as a rough comparison, imagine throwing a stone on the ground or hitting it with a hammer. You're going to chip the stone much sooner than you'd chip the steel.
The steel baking stone will have much better durability. Translate this to using a steel baking stone vs a ceramic baking stone. A ceramic baking stone will have a long life if well taken care of. But even if you take excellent care of it, since it's ceramic or stone, it will still be susceptible to wear. Using a steel baking over the same period, the steel stone will continue to stand and won't shatter. You might be tempted to bake frozen pizzas on it to achieve a crispy crust and well-cooked pizza when you don't feel like making it from scratch. And you could with the durability provided by this product.
- 20x higher conductivity than ceramic baking stones.
- Gorgeous crusts, better blistering, and faster cook times.
- Low-friction surface: textured, sanded smooth, seasoned with flaxseed oil.
- Solid steel, unbreakable, guaranteed for life.
The NerdChef Steel Stone boasts the advantage and durability of steel to allow it to cook food faster and last longer than traditional ceramic, clay, and stoneware baking stones.
Of the 57 reviews on Amazon, 56 reviewers gave the NerdChef Steel Stone a rating of 5 out of 5 stars, with one reviewer giving 4 out of 5 stars, which is a pretty good endorsement of the product.
The only real complaints have been about it being heavy and the price. However these are also sort-of compliments and testaments to its construction and durability. The other term that came up a lot is 'investment'. The 1/4 inch model of the NerdChef Steel Stone is the lower thickness and price of the 3 models available from NerdChef, making it a good entry level steel baking stone, giving you the durability you're looking for with the lowest price.
The NerdChef Steel Stone - .25" Thick is a very solid product. The advent of steel baking stones has proven to be a real contender to traditional stones.