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Why does my pizza stone stink?

dubedo | Mar 4, 2009 08:50 AM

I received a pizza stone from Crate & Barrel as a wedding gift and have tried several times to make pizza on it. It's sold as a "grilling" pizza stone, but I figured it should work in the oven too. (It was the only stone they carried.) I followed the directions to season it before use by brushing with vegetable oil and then baking in the oven at 350.

I always heat the oven first with the stone in it, before putting the pizza on, and every time it fills the house with a noxious chemical odor. There is also smoke, but that could be due to using my not-so-clean oven at such high temps. My husband has begged me to give up on the stone, the smell is too bad, but I keep hoping it will go away. After 3 or 4 uses, though, the fumes are still bad. Has anyone had this experience? Any ideas?

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