Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 48
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BBQboilermaker Great for smoking and as a pizza stone
I am very satisfied with my Akorn smoking stone. I have used it as a heat deflector for smoking, and as a pizza stone with great results!
As a heat deflector, I was able to easily dial in a temperature of 220 deg F measured at the grill grate for smoking. I was able to smoke pulled pork using the smoking stone with a drip pan on top, and it turned out moist and tender after eleven hours.
For pizza, I put the stone on top of the grill grate and heated the grill to 500 deg F (dome temperature). The pizza was fantastic with a crust crispy on the bottom, but soft in the middle with a great wood-fired flavor.
Before I bought the smoking stone I tried to go the cheap route and made my own heat deflector using a small round grill grate and a cheap pizza stone. However, the cheap stone cracked on the first use. The Akorn stone is thick, sturdy, and designed to withstand temperatures up to 800 deg F. I should have bought the Akorn stone in the first place since it was only a few dollars more than my homemade heat shield. Compared to similar products, the Akron stone seems like an excellent value.
Cleaning the stone is easy, just brush off with a wire grill brush or scraper. If you get drippings on the stone, just turn it over next time and cook on the other side. Anything on the underside of the stone will burn off leaving a clean surface for your next cook.
June 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sand A must have for everyone with an Akorn Grill
The stone is easy to use and the results are amazing. A must have for anyone with an Akorn grill that wants to try their hand at smoking.
August 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Justcallmekmc Akorn smoking stone
I hesitated in buying this product as I thought it would be just a easy to use a regular pizza stone, but I'm glad I changed my mind. I am looking forward to a very long smoking season into the Fall and Winter seasons.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GamecockGriller Worthwhile addition
I've used my Akorn with and without the smoking stone. On low-and-slow cooks, I prefer to use the stone instead of a pizza pan as a deflector. Seems like the temperture is more stable with the stone. I've cooked six pork shoulders in three cooks using a Pitmaster IQ120 to keep the temperature stable. I tried to maintain a 240 degree temp in the first two cooks, but had to relight the Akorn both times when my temps dropped to around 180 degrees. I was using a pizza pan as the deflector. In my third cook, I employed the new smoking stone and set the temp at 275 degrees. The grill held this temp well overnight. I like to think that the thick stone helped to stabilize my temps. The stone is easy to clean. I scrape it with a painter's helper and flip it over.
July 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GrillmasterP Dual Purpose
This item can be used as a heat diffuser or a pizza stone. I've tried both with excellent results.
I had the grill up to 700 f, and the stone seems fine.
These things are actually self cleaning, so don 't attempt to wash it. Just let it get very hot, and whatever had spilled onto it will just burn off. It was black and stained one minute and clean as new the next.
July 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Luis Great
Easy to assemble and you won't regret it. Don't know what else to write.
July 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by atlgaterp The stone is a great feature for indirect cooking.
The stone is a great feature for indirect cooking. I made ribs and chicken first time out, they were great. Mom was visiting now I am known as the Grill Master.
October 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Charles works good
Works great for smoking briskets and ribs. I also use a foil pan on top filled with water. Worked Great.
October 15, 2013