CastElegance Pizza Stone, 16-inch

Last updated date: February 18, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

The CastElegance Pizza Stone, 16-inch creates the perfect crispy crust for any pizza. It's made from thermarite, which helps absorb moisture and retain heat for the ultimate pizza perfection. It's durable and can be used in ovens and on grills. In our analysis of 193 expert reviews, the CastElegance CastElegance Pizza Stone, 16-inch placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.3
18 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
524 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The thermite surface absorbs excess moisture and provides better heat retention and transfer.
- 5 Product Reviews
August 24, 2019 | Full review
Perhaps the best quality with this Cast Elegance pizza stone is the lack of any odor. The heat used when creating this stone destroys any organic matter and the smells that come with it. And it comes with a scraper to keep it clean and fresh.
- BBQ Smarts
The Cast Elegance Pizza Stone is coated with a Thermarite cover over the cordierite material. This coating adds special features to the pizza stone like high heat retention up to 2000°F, absorb more moisture from the pores and greater heat transference to bake food with the best crust. The Thermarite cover gives the strength as this pizza stone is specially engineered to last longer.
- Cookwared
This banking stone is nice and thick and I think it will last far longer than any other stones you have owned. The thickness also makes it cook better than the thinner stones,
- Swatzhomes
May 7, 2019 | Full review
This is a high-impact pizza stone that distributes heat evenly and absorbs excess moisture to offer you a perfect cooked pizza with a crispy crust.
- Top Ten Products
It is made of Thermarite, a well-formulated and high density cordierite stone which is heated well to around 2000F for superior durability, strength and thermal shock resistance.
- Cookware Stuffs
May 23, 2019 | Full review
is obviously built to absorb moisture that delivers excellent heat retention and transfer.
- Tech Zimo
July 8, 2019 | Full review
The handling is pretty easy and simple and so is the washing. This one is also shaped round and with 16 inches diameter, you can expect it to fit all the standard ovens and grills.
- Home Gear X
You can even make pizzas in bulk, store them in the fridge and reheat slices in the oven for meals or snacks throughout the week.
- Simple Green Moms
September 11, 2019 | Full review
It really shines on the barbecue, where the Thermarite provides even heat while shielding your pizza’s crust from intense flames.
- Easy Recipe Depot
Cordierite sounds like something that a superhero or villain might use, but actually it’s a type of rock that can be created synthetically and used in ceramics that are incredibly resistant to thermal shock, making them perfect for use in an oven or on a grill.
- The Spruce Eats
September 17, 2019 | Full review
Thermarite absorbs moisture from the dough through its micro-pore structure. This will prevent pizza bases from sticking and eliminates the need to dust the stone surface.
- Chef's Resource
July 25, 2019 | Full review
Another feature of thermarite is it is incredibly durable, has superior strength, and can withstand thermal shock. It absorbs moisture and therefore has great heat retention.
- Best Pickist
The stone itself is high quality and built to last. It come completely ready to use with no reasoning or conditioning needed. Just pull it straight out of the box.
- Chew The World
Thermarite sucks up more moisture due to its unique, extremely absorbent micro-porous structure fishes out and sops up moisture from pizza for the most excellent crispy crusts
- My Pizza Stone
And leaves an excellent crispy cut – this Thermarite stone is still cheap. You can also expect it to leave no smell on your pizzas.
- KitchenGene
June 10, 2019 | Full review
It does not require seasoning or conditioning before using it. Certified by the US FDA, RoHS, European Union, and the German Food-Code Safety-Standards, this stone is crafted with intense heat that vaporizes organic matter and creates a premium, professional pizza stone that does not emit any odor when heated.'
- Foodies Wiki
October 10, 2018 | Full review
Due to the highly engineered design this pizza stone possess high strength, durability, and high thermal shock withstanding feature.
- Thermo Gears
May 2, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Takes long to heat up on charcoal
- Cookwared
At $50, this stone is not cheap.
- Swatzhomes
May 7, 2019 | Full review
It’s somewhat difficult to clean, particularly if you’ve never owned a pizza stone before
- Tech Zimo
July 8, 2019 | Full review
Releases pungent smell while baking
- Home Gear X
Can’t submerge in water or wash with soap.
- Simple Green Moms
September 11, 2019 | Full review
More expensive than some other pizza stones
- Easy Recipe Depot
Be careful when serving as the stone remains very hot.
- Chef's Resource
July 25, 2019 | Full review
Pizza may stick to the stone if use guide is not properly followed
- Best Pickist
Very heavy and hard to handle
- KitchenGene
June 10, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

What is Thermarite and Why does it Make the Best Pizza Stone? Get the Best Crispy Crust with a Pizza Stone that is Engineered to Last ► Thermarite is a high density, specially formulated Cordierite that is super-heated to over 2,000F providing engineered strength, extreme durability and superior thermal shock capabilities ► Thermarite Absorbs More Moisture –Its unique, highly absorbent micro-pore structure extracts and absorbs moisture out of moist dough creating the Best Crispy Crusts ► Thermarite’s superior heat retention and heat transfer provides an even heat that is transmitted directly into the food for better crusts Does not smell – Cast Elegance's Thermarite is created with extreme heat that vaporizes all organic matter, creating a premium, professional grade stone that has no odor when heated Use on Ovens and Grills (Gas or Charcoal) – Thermarite shields the pizza from the intense heat of the grill Brick Oven Results at Home for a fraction of the cost of a professional brick oven Certified Safe – Passed US FDA, RoHS, European Union & German Food Code Safety Standards Packaged to arrive in one piece without any micro-fractures Includes: One Pizza Stone – 14” Round x 5/8” Thick, Use and Care instructions, One 4"x5" scraper (Use for easy cleanup and food creation) and Recipe EBook Our Proprietary Thermarite makes this the best pizza stone ► Engineered to last: high durability, high heat transfer, absorbs more moisture giving you the best crispy crust ► Ready to Use – No seasoning or conditioning required. Cut on the stone/serve on the stone - It is ready for you to use right out of the box 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed – We’ll work to resolve any issue you have These won't last long! Click the "Add to Cart" Button at the Top of This Page!

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3. Heritage Products Ceramic Pizza Stone, 15-inch
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4. Hans Grill Pizza Stone, 15-inch
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5. The Original Baking Steel Pizza Stone, 16-inch
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6. CastElegance Pizza Stone, 16-inch
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7. NerdChef Steel Pizza Stone, 16-inch
Overall Score: 9.0
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8. Pizzacraft Rectangular ThermaBond Pizza Stone
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9. Honey-Can-Do Rectangular Pizza Stone, 16-inch
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An Overview On Pizza Stones

If you’re tired of waiting for the pizza delivery person to show up, or you just like the taste of homemade pizza, a baking stone can take your creations to the next level. A pizza stone gives your crust that crunchiness you love while still keeping your toppings juicy and flavorful.

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But if you haven’t shopped for a baking stone recently, you may not realize how many options there are. There’s the traditional clay model, but you can also find great baking cookware made of ceramic, clay and steel, with each having its own benefits. Cast iron stones provide fast, even heating while maintaining that crust texture you want. Some even come pre-seasoned so that you don’t have to worry about your crust sticking to the surface.

Ceramic stones became popular for a reason, though. Their porous build absorbs the flavors in the items you cook, seasoning it to ensure that your foods grow tastier with time. But this porous design also makes it more likely it will absorb moisture, which means you’ll need to take care to avoid mold buildup.

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Steel baking stones are another option. Advertised as ultra-conductive, these baking surfaces are designed specifically to distribute heat and hold it throughout the cooking process. Manufacturers promise that these stones bring much more energy to the baking process than ceramic and clay stones, but you’ll see similar results across all baking surface types.

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If you’ve ever used a pizza stone before, you know that removal from the oven can be challenging, particularly since they often don’t have handles or rims. Pizzas can slide around on the surface, leading to potential cooking disasters if you aren’t careful. For that reason, some newer pizza stones have either a rim around the edge, handles or both. As convenient as this can be, though, keep in mind that if you plan to slide the entire pizza off onto a serving platter or plate, it won’t be as easy as it is with completely flat stones.

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DWYM Fun Fact

The concept of baking stones is based on hot stone cooking, which unsurprisingly dates all the way back to the Stone Age. Man has been heating food over fire for as long as humans have been around, but Roman warriors eventually realized that the stones near the fire grew extremely hot. This heat absorption made them perfect cooking surfaces. Although humans eventually evolved to cooking on pots and pans, gradually manufacturers began marketing baking stones as a great way to make items like cookies and bread. While pizza can also be made on a standard baking stone, pizza stones are designed specifically to absorb moisture, which is believed to make the crust of the pizza crispier.

The Pizza Stone Buying Guide

  • One of the first things you’ll probably notice as you shop is that baking stones come in multiple sizes. A 16-inch stone will hold larger pizzas, making them ideal for large families and parties, but it will be harder to transport and squeeze into your oven. A smaller pizza stone is more portable, but it also limits pizza size. If you regularly hand-make your pizzas, you can go with a larger stone to make bigger pizzas. But if you’re using frozen, premade pizza, you’re safe going as small as 14 inches.
  • Clay stones can absorb oils, which means they “season” as you bake items on them. This can be problematic, though, if you don’t want those odors and tastes to contaminate other food types you try to make. You might not want your cookies tasting like pepperoni pizza, for instance. For that reason, ceramic and ultra-conductive steel have become popular alternatives.
  • Some pizza stones are coated to keep the dough from sticking. If the stone you choose isn’t one of them, put it in the hot oven for at least 30 minutes to preheat it and also dust it with a little flour.
  • Since you’ll be baking food items on the surface, cleanup is essential. Having a nonstick surface helps with this, but also keep in mind you’ll probably have to hand wash your stone between uses. Since clay stones are porous and therefore prone to mold, it’s important to dry those types of stones completely.
  • Having handles comes in handy, but it does make sliding the pizza off more complicated. Raised edges may be enough. Not only will this type of rim make it easier to grip your pizza stone, but it will also keep ingredients from dripping onto the bottom of your oven.
  • One common issue with baking stones is cracking. It’s especially important if you plan to cook in a high-heat environment like a brick oven that you choose a stone built to withstand those temperatures. Often cracking happens because of temperature change, so it can help if you put the pizza stone in the oven to preheat to allow it to gradually adjust.
  • Pizza stones aren’t just for making pizza. You can use it to bake cookies, stuffed calzones, energy bars, fruit tarts and more. You can also use it for grilling meat and roasting vegetables, provided you have the right type of stone. For maximum versatility, make sure you choose a baking stone that works on a stove, oven and outdoor grill.
  • When it comes down to it, it’s all about the taste of the pizza you make on your new baking stone. Look for a surface that promises good heat conduction and retention. A hotter surface means crispier outer crust without sacrificing the soft interior. This is the very reason pizza is better when cooked on clay, ceramic or ultra-conductive steel rather than a standard baking sheet.