Mattone Barile ‘Banjo’ Gas Burner Retrofit

I’m thinking about doing the same thing. Seems that I would just drill a hole in the side/back of the oven and connect it to 200,000 BTU burner they sell on Amazon. If I do it, I’ll let you know how it works.

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If you do - please take lots of pics and let us know the make / model of the burner kit. THX!!!

I’m curious as well, and looking forward to seeing any photos. Were you thinking of a “banjo burner”? Most of the 200K BTU burners on Amazon are mounted in stands.

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Yes exactly, I just ordered it, I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Gas in an enclosed space is tricky and dangerous but I am sure it can be done. Looking forward to hearing about the build!

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Ok guys, I bought this burner off Amazon, drilled a hole, and used black pipe for the connection. After three sessions I would say this has been a success and a no-brainer for anyone hoping to use their oven more! I got this up to 1,000 degrees but cooked most of my pizzas around 800 degrees. I also recommend putting this thermometer in your oven door if you have one, really useful. If you do this, be careful, and start slow and build your way up. You definitely want to keep an eye on everything until you are comfortable with the setup, venting, etc. I think next time I will burn a small amount of wood or pellets for flavor. I’ll try to post updates as I learn more!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MZ565DM?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00DYC7UYA?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title




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Adam, that looks like an unqualified success!

One small flag is to watch out for the heat on your door. The current wooden handles are great for most uses, but if you get up to 800°+, the surfaces where they are in direct contact with the door willl start to scorch and degrade. I am aware that there may be a project in the wind to address that, but in the meantime, it is ideal to follow the general rule for these ovens that pizza-baking temperatures are achieved with the door off the oven completely.

That being said, yes to the thermometer!

What are your thoughts going forward concerning wood? I understand you can still use it alone or in conjunction with the LP burner if you want. We’d love to know how your use of the oven evolves now that you have both options.

Congratulations on this great move!

Thank you Matt! And I appreciate the heads up on the handles, I actually have noticed they have started to burn a little. Because I have a very difficult neighbor who complains of smoke and I never have gotten my fire building skills honed to make high quality pizzas with as little smoke as possible, I’ll likely be using the gas burner with or without small amounts of wood moving forward. I imagine I’ll also start using it for whole chickens, pork butt, bread, etc. The other night my buddy and I cooked 9 pizzas leisurely over the span of 3.5 hours. This would have been really challenging for me tending to the fire the whole time so the added convenience is a game changer for me.

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Update, I think I have made the ultimate mods to my oven, at least for my situation with my neighbors complaining about smoke. I bought this weed torch, burned two pieces of kindling and two pieces of wood, and used this and my burner simultaneously to cook excellent pizzas. The weed torch is a game changer for anyone having trouble getting fires started. There was literally no smoke!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DYB7DM6?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details


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