Wood pizza peels should never be soaked in water. If necessary they can be seasoned or sealed with oil. To seal, wipe any food safe oil (like mineral oil) on the surface of the peel. Some oils will eventually go rancid; these oils should be avoided. If sealed, the peel is less likely to pick up unwanted odors, food particles and moisture. This will not increase the life span of the peel. Peels eventually wear out. If peel warps, leave overnight with the warp facing up and it should flatten out. Avoid leaving on hot surfaces, which could increase chance of warping.
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Q:What does it weigh?
A:This pizza peel weighs approximately 3.8 lbs and yes the edges are tapered for easy pizza transport.
A:This peel is thicker and heavier than the average peel that I've seen and used before. It's not excessively heavy. It IS tapered, and if you sprinkle the peel with a medium-grind corn meal before putting the pizza on it, it will glide into the oven with ease. The taper, of course, makes it easy to remove the pizza from the oven. I purchased two of these, and they're the best I've used in 25 years of making pizzas.