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Pizza Oven trial run pictures

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by fishingpol, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    I was finally able to fire my pizza oven hard this evening and get a good burn going. I lit a few small fires during the past few weekends, but not that intense. I was having issues with getting a good, hot burn until I figured out to push the established fire to the back and let it draft better. Running the fire in the middle had too much turbulence and caused a poor draft. Finally, it does as it should.

    Right to the pictures.

    Getting it going.
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    Pushed back.
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    Secondaries action at the top of the dome. Pretty serious heat now. My oven thermometer pegged out over 600*. Pretty intense heat at this point, sexy dancing flames too.
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    Pine kindling on the hot coals to brown the cheese on top.

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    Made 4 pizzas in this batch in about 1/2 hour. I could bake bread or anything else as the oven is retaining heat really well. One went up to my good neighbors who had company from Chicago sitting outside enjoying the evening.

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    Here is the link for the oven build pics if interested. I am finishing the cedar shingle roof over it. It just needs a ridge cap to finish it off.

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/new-pizza-mud-oven-build-a-few-pics.86971/
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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Now that is nice. And if the Chicago folks liked your pizza you scored. They think they invented the stuff. ;lol
  3. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Thanks. My neighbor who is from the Chicago area has his dad and brother out for a visit. His dad is a contractor and worked at a 1.8 million dollar house and the owner had a mason build an enormous pizza oven on the patio. When it was done, the owner fires it up and throws two frozen Tombstone pizzas in it. The mason freaked out on the guy.

    I did find a good Chicago-style pizza recipe in a magazine. That will be the next round. I'm tired of the frozen ones around here.

    There is also something about looking at secondaries inches away without stove glass in the way. These pictures did it no justice.
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    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

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    I am way jealous!
    I make home made pizza at least once a week. I have perfected it and think it is restaurant quality. Scratch dough and sauce.
    But the neapolitan pizza i want to make requires a brick oven and high temps.
    Next time i am in Merrimack Valley i am coming over, K?
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Absolutely. What temps do you need for neapolitan?
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    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

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    700+
    I have seen pizzas made in a WFO with the floor at 850-900 and the dome at 1000, this style cooks in about 90 seconds.
    I have heard of people getting good results at 650 though.
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    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    I have waiting for these pics ya know!:mad:
    Looks great, wish we were neighbors...==c

    You should give yourself a pat on the back.
    That was a lot of time and hard work spent building it and looks like you got great results. msp_drool.gif
    Kudos Jon!
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  8. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Thanks Gamma. It took a few weekends to make the roof. The oven has been under a tarp for a few weeks with all the rain. I can't wait until the fall to bake rolls, muffins and pies in this thing.
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  9. ScotO

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    FP, that oven looks fantastic, almost as good as that pizza you made in it! I am WAY jealous, as I am an outdoor redneck chef myself, that oven has been burning a hole in my head since you built it. Thanks for keeping us posted on the entire process (you did a fantastic job documenting and posting the entire step-by-step too), I gotta agree with the others, I wish we were neighbors!
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Thanks Scott. Not all neighbors share the wood burning enthusiasm here but my closest ones do. Yeah, we do pretty basic cooking here. No fancy-schmancy, over-the-top set up. Just regular folks around here. Once I get the area cleaned up, I'll post pics of the overall area with frame and cedar shingle roof. I even added a wood storage rack up in the rafters to use the exiting heat from the oven to dry it quicker. So many recipes, so little time, but plenty of wood on standby.
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    Awesome job fishingpol. It's great to see this project starting to bear fruit, or pizzas and calzones.
  12. Adios Pantalones

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    Excellent! I have been curious about this one. You really knocked it out of the park

    How much interior dome cracking did you experience?
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Just a few, but not even on the lines where each clump of cob met up to the next or above it. It did develop one outer one, but it closed up when it cooled down. No worries it seems with 3 separate layer. The straw should keep the integrity there in the middle layer. 700 degrees is pretty impressive, but I can't imagine your kiln at 2000+. That is really out of the park.

    How is your build getting along?

    Thanks BG.
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    finished laying out the outdoor grilling area this past weekend
    a pizza oven is in the plans, will try to remember to take pictures as I go
    going to be a 4 foot diameter dome approx.
    gas grill charcoal grill and smoker
    hope to be finished by fall
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Not even started. I have to finish cleaning up a space in the back corner of the yard. I have stone gathered for the base, and I came up with a design based on a kiln design that should let me use it as a smoker as well.
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    oh wow thats incredible
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    Sweet...I would like to order a pepperoni, mushroom and onion!;)
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    love the oven! it's gonna be a wonderful thing to have come holiday season...how I envy you!
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Thanks and welcome! I make Canadian pork pies and pork and beans in the winter inside, so I am looking forward to using this. I'll bake a few loaves of bread at the same time maybe.
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    Bread in a 600F oven? I would think that would leave a loaf with a dark crust yet still unbaked in the middle.
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    No, not that high for bread. Pizza and calzones at 600::F . Let the oven cool for a bit or swab it out with a scuffle and water. Once it is about 350 to 400 or so, pies, casseroles and bread time. Different foods are cooked at different stages of the oven cooling. Many ovens will hold heat for hours. After the pizzas last week, the oven cooled in about an hour with the door open to bake cornbread. When the wood is no longer fed, the temp will start to drop off slowly. I have a wood baking door to hold the heat in for when I make bread some day. The water helps the bread crust up nicely with steam off the firebricks.

    From what I understand, the oven needs to be heated thoroughly to heat the whole mass up and retain heat for a few hours.

    I guess it is more than just a pizza oven.
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    I like it! My wife approves too. She mentioned the need to keep a humid environment, especially for french bread. She usually mists the oven every 10 minutes or so.
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    Here is a video from which I gleaned a lot of info from. His other cooking videos are pretty good also.


  24. Adios Pantalones

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    I have my design almost all figured out. There will be a firebox under the floor- this pic is a kiln built with this basic design (the Phoenix fast fire kiln), except I'll have a barrel dome roof with no sides rather than a sprung arch. The firebox is that arch at left- it goes all the way under the floor, which heats the floor from beneath. Heat goes up through slots on the far end of the firebox into the chamber. The gases circulate and exit on the near side- the chimney is right above the firebox entrance.

    If the floor heats too quickly I would push the coals/fire to the back of the firebox. Notice the 3 slots above the firebox- those are for push-in dampers to slow the flow.This all eliminates considerations about door height, in fact I could have a door on either side and load a pizza from each end :)

    I should not need much floor space, as the fire won't have to live right there with the pizza etc- wood can be added at any time without worry about ash etc. It might be ~25" square

    Closing up the firebox entrance when the fire is at low coals would allow me to turn the whole thing into a smoker.
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    :eek: Whoa baby!

    I think I understand the concept of this. Ok, so if the heat and gases come up from the far end of the fire box, into the cooking chamber, would the heat and gasses go out the oven door before going up the flue? I can see if it is bricked up for kiln firing, you can control the smoke path easier. Your design may be quite different than what I am trying to look at in the picture possibly.

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