Home-baked pizzas on your regular oven are no doubt delicious. But do you ever miss that crispy wood-fired pizza base that you get at pizzerias? We bet you do!
The solution – a pizza stone! But wait, aren’t they costly? Yes, they, of course, are. But in this post, we’ll share 23 amazing DIY pizza stone ideas with you. Why buy expensive pizza stones when you can DIY one for cheap? Let’s get started!
1. Pizza stone! Do they make a better pizza?
Before looking for DIY pizza stone ideas, firstly, let’s make ourselves clear on whether or not pizza stones make a better pizza, shall we? Watch this video by Griddle Marks to see the difference in pizzas, one baked in a pizza stone and the other in a conventional oven tray.
Watch this video and decide if you want to invest your time and money in making one yourself. However, we’d definitely recommend you DIY one anyway. And remember – don’t cut your pizza on the pizza stone as this YouTuber did.
Pizza stones hold the heat and pull moisture out of the dough, thus making the base perfectly crispy. But if you’re craving that crispy, perfection crust, you don’t have to invest plenty of bucks in a pizza stone anymore.
Read this blog to find out what $5 alternative you can use instead of a pizza oven to get the exact same results. And, don’t miss out on the Pizza Stone FAQ section at the end of the blog. Your queries might have been answered there.
3. How To Make a Pizza Stone from Ordinary Tile
In this video, the YouTuber Rebecca Brand shows you great alternatives to expensive pizza cooking stones. The best part is that it only costs a few dollars and is possibly available in your nearby hardware store.
You can simply use unglazed porcelain, travertine, or clay tiles. The Youtuber also makes a pepperoni pizza in her newly-bought DIY pizza stones and shows you how perfect they come out. Check the video out to see it for yourself!
From baking sheet to cast iron pan, you can find 5 great alternatives to using a pizza stone to get that crisp crust that you’re craving. What are you waiting for? Give this post a read already!
Also, Kitchn offers numerous kitchen DIYs, meal prep plans, and exciting recipes. So, if you’re looking for a delicious addition to your dinner table, kitchen has got your back!
5. Pizza grilled on oven grates — crispy bottom without a stone or steel
Did you know that you could get a perfectly crispy pizza base without using a pizza stone or steel? Well, now you know! Watch this video tutorial by Adam Ragusea where he guides you on making excellent pizzas on oven grates.
Position your oven grate near the top of your oven and turn on the broiler on maximum. Make sure that the grate is hot enough to make a wet towel sizzle before you bake. Then prepare your pizza and bake as directed. Easy peasy!
Here’s an in-detail guide on the pizza stone and how to make one at home yourself. You can DIY your own pizza oven for $5 or even less. Make sure that you read this blog thoroughly, as you don’t want to miss out on any small information.
The blogger mentions that you have to keep your hand light while oiling your DIY pizza stone as you might clog the pores within. So, be wary of that.
7. How to Get Pizza onto Stone Without a Peel
Okay, now let’s suppose that you DIY yourself a pizza stone. But do you have a pizza peel? If not, it’s going to be quite a messy job. But worry not! We’ve got your back!
Watch this video to find out a brilliant hack for transferring pizza onto a stone without using a peel. A little tip for you – all you need is a piece of parchment paper!
Somehow, this blogger from Instructables happens to not like a pizza stone for a few reasons. His problems?
One, you lose an oven rack. Next, you have to move it in and out when you need the rack in its place, and the final one is that he believes that pizza stones suck at charring the pizza crust like a wood-fired oven.
If you agree with him, he has given an excellent solution to these problems. Though this blog is not a DIY pizza oven blog, it is surely worth the read.
9. DIY Pizza Stone Tile $0 Safe No resin No Contamination Use what you already have
If you’re worried about resin melting off of your DIY pizza stone tiles, this YouTuber has given you the perfect solution. Wrap your homemade pizza stone in foil, and cover it with a disposable baking sheet that has been cut to size.
If you don’t have tiles handy, you can also use an old thick ceramic plate and wrap it the same way to get that perfect crispy crust for your pizza.
To find out what different options of DIY baking stones are available for you to choose from, give this blog post a quick read. He further gives you hints on where you can find these alternatives and a few tips on how to look after the baking stone. How great is that?
11. Pizza Stone Solution! Noreen’s Kitchen
The Youtuber from Noreen’s Kitchen wanted a pizza stone big enough to bake larger pizzas and long loaves of artisan bread. She found out that she could find larger tiles of natural porous stone, preferably Travertine or Santilla tiles, in her local home improvement center.
However, in an update video, she mentions that the tile kept on breaking, and she had to replace it quite a few times. So, if you’re looking for a long-lasting pizza stone solution, this DIY is not for you!
The blogger from the paupered chef says, “Great pizza doesn’t have to cost much.” And we second that!
Read this blog to find out what $3 items you can use to replace those expensive pizza stones. What’s more, the comment section of this blog has many reviews and ideas. Make sure you check them out!
13. Easy DIY E-Power Pizza Stone HACK for Any Ooni, Roccbox, Pizza Party, ALFA Pizza oven + 1st Pizza
If you’ve been wanting a rotating pizza stone, this video is for you! Watch this video where the Youtuber converts a simple pizza stone into an excellent rotating E-power pizza stone and see if you can replicate the idea for yourself.
All you need is an iron drill, a round pizza oven, a motor screwer, and of course, a little bit of DIY skills.
Did you know that you could use a plant saucer as a pizza stone? Read this blog to find out how you can prepare tiles and saucers to convert them into fantastic pizza stones.
Kitchen Sanity also has plenty of blogs on recipes, cookware, foods, and drinks. So, if you’re into cooking and baking, you’ll absolutely love this site!
15. How to Make Pizza without a Pizza Stone | Homemade Pizza
Even if you don’t have a pizza stone, you can still enjoy a crispy pizza. Want to know how? Check this video by Howcast out!
If you have a cookie sheet or a cast-iron skillet, you are already halfway to having delicious crispy pizzas. A quick tip for you – upside-down cast-iron skillet results in much better pizzas than the ones baked in a cookie sheet.
Do you know what other equipment is available that can make your pizza-making sessions easier and more enjoyable? The blogger from Helpful Monk has listed all such equipment in this post.
What’s more, you’ll also find a quick $5 DIY solution to a pizza stone. Read the step-by-step guide to making an excellent pizza stone for yourself.
17. How to make a large baking or pizza stone for under 5 pounds
This Youtuber from DIY Central uses a cheap travertine tile to bake a fantastic pizza for himself. No, we’re not bluffing! If you don’t believe us, watch this video yourself!
Also, pay attention to the part where he prepares the tile beforehand baking. And a quick tip for you – if you can’t get your hands on travertine, then a porous unglazed tile such as clay will also do the job just fine.
Once you’ve made yourself a pizza stone, you would want to make it last for as long as possible, wouldn’t you? Read this short post on how to care for your pizza stone. We’re sure it will be a great help to you.
In case you’re interested to know more about kitchen hacks, DIYs, and fabulous recipes, Fine Cooking is a great site to follow.
19. How to Make Pizza on a Pizza Stone | Homemade Pizza
Okay, you want to DIY a pizza stone. But do you know how to make pizza on a pizza stone? If you don’t, Howcast to your rescue!
Learn about the different types and sizes of pizza stones available and the mechanism behind them. For more how-to videos, follow Howcast on YouTube!
In this blog by The Bread Guide, you’ll not only find an alternative to a baking stone, but you’ll find 8 of them! From baking on a Pyrex to baking on Terracotta tiles, you’ll find plenty of options here.
If you’re into baking, The Bread Guide blog posts will be a great help to you. They offer a range of baking hacks and how-to posts.
21. Throwing a Pizza Stone V2
If you’re into pottery, why not make a pizza stone for yourself? Watch this video on how to throw a pizza stone by Barbara Costanzo.
If you’re interested in what type of clay body she’s using, she is using a custom body called Schotmann clay which has about 25% grog and is great for large items, including sculptures. She has provided a link to purchase it in the comment section.
Many bloggers and content creators on YouTube suggest using unglazed tiles as alternatives to pizza stones. However, this blog by SHENGYE tells it otherwise. They claim that such unglazed tiles have carcinogenic substances used in their manufacture.
If you want to know more about this topic or where to buy the pizza stones best and how to make them last long, this post is a must-read.
23. How to clean a pizza stone – 3 pizza stone tips and cleaning a pizza stone
In many cases, people end up destroying their pizza stones by cleaning them incorrectly. And since replacing pizza stones can be expensive, they opt for cheap DIY stones instead. If you relate to this scenario, you must watch this video by DIY Cure.
Learn what you’re doing wrong during the pizza stone cleaning process and three tips for cleaning them right.
So, how do you feel knowing that you can now enjoy crispy-crust pizzas without having to buy expensive pizza stones? We, for sure, are feeling great!
However, remember that if not cared for properly, pizza stones are not durable. But we’ve also shared plenty of pizza stone caring and cleaning blogs and tutorials with you, haven’t we? Now, create your own pizza stone and bring out the pizzaiolo in you!
Barbara is an enthusiastic food-exploring person that goes through different culinary experiences. She got inspired by creating a pizza blog post after she tasted one of the best-selling pizzas in Toledo.