I'm considering buying a pizza stone. There is a type that is a bit larger than the others (this one is 30cm x 40 cm x 2.5 cm, It's manufactured by a company (german i believe) called "stonecrystall-Art" (yes, apparently, 2 Ls in that) and it's made of some sort of composite. Here is the link to it in amazon.it: http://www.amazon.it/Stonecrystall-Alfred-Wriessenegger-40x30x25-Stonecrystall-Art/dp/B0039S44TI
It has good reviews. It's very thick (2.5 cm, about an inch).
My idea would be to just buy it and keep it in the oven permanently. I don't really have a place to store it and it looks very heavy and they say it's more fragile if you bang it around than plain stone would be because it's an composite. (I presume it would be more resistant to breaking due to heat).
My questions are:
- this is double the price of slightly smaller ones, that are much thinner (half inch probably) so am i paying for a better product or just paying extra?
- I'd like to leave it directly on the floor (bottom, not rack) of my gas oven (the gas ring is below it) - will that make it crack? Does it have to be on a rack?
- if i leave it in the oven, does it mean the oven will take longer to preheat for cakes and other stuff?
- if i leave it permanently in the oven will it be more susceptible to cracking?
- will it being in the oven negatively affect the baking of cakes and other delicate things?
- can i do meat or grilled vegetables on it too?
I scanned through other threads on pizza stones,. and i'm not concerned with cleaning - to my mind, anything subject to constant heat needs no cleaning, and eventually it all turns to carbon in the end. Anything wrong with that presumption (e.g. at 500 degrees F mozzarella drips turn into a deadly poison or something)?
thanks for even partial answers