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  • Up in smoke?

    Well, I started my first curing fire today. Its been burning for about 10 hours now, and my wife is not happy anymore. She said the inside of our house smells like a campground. She said I should have warned her...How the heck was I supposed to know the smoke would go in the house? I've never used a WFO before.

    Any one else have this problem? Or solution?
    "Pizza, the world's most perfect food."

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    Re: Up in smoke?

    Originally posted by PizzaJNKY View Post

    Any one else have this problem?
    No... but I could see it happening.
    How bout keeping the windows and doors shut while curing.

    Originally posted by PizzaJNKY View Post
    Or solution?
    Get rid of the wife.
    The oven will cook better, it won't complain, and will be around for years.
    My thread:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
    My costs:
    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
    My pics:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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    • #3
      Re: Up in smoke?

      Thanks Dave! Now thats what I call some sound, but funny advice.
      "Pizza, the world's most perfect food."

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      • #4
        Re: Up in smoke?

        Originally posted by PizzaJNKY View Post
        Thanks Dave! Now thats what I call some sound, but funny advice.
        don't tell your wife...

        and please don't tell mine!
        My thread:
        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
        My costs:
        http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
        My pics:
        http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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        • #5
          Re: Up in smoke?

          Pizzajnky

          Where's your oven in relation to your house???

          What curing strategy areyou using....? Keep detailed records/postings.

          Dick

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          • #6
            Re: Up in smoke?

            Try burning really dry wood. It will put out very little smoke -- and it's a lot cheaper than changing wives (or husbands, as the case may be).

            Your oven definitely should not smell like a campground!
            James
            Pizza Ovens
            Outdoor Fireplaces

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            • #7
              Re: Up in smoke?

              That could be it, wood might not be dry enough. I'm burning a combination of Modesto Ash, Fruitless mulberry and plum. My oven is 10' away from house, and I am using the curing method where I maintain first day fire at 300, second day at 350, third at 500, fourth at 600 then 700 on fifth. I think thats all it takes. I kind of messed up today, the fire was not getting hot enough, so I added a couple logs at once, and temperature of top of dome shot up to 580, yikes! Other than that, I've maintained it between 220 and 330. I didn't add thermocouplers, so I am only using an IR gun to measure temperature. The IR gun works great. I tested it against my bbq grill yesterday.
              "Pizza, the world's most perfect food."

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              • #8
                Re: Up in smoke?

                2nd day of curing is going much better. I followed your Advice James. Last night, I put several logs in the oven and let them dry out with the retained heat. I just didn't have it in me to watch the fire over night. I got a late start today, 7 am, and so far the house does not smell like a campfire.
                "Pizza, the world's most perfect food."

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                • #9
                  Re: Up in smoke?

                  The house I grew up in had huge Modesto Ash trees in the front and back gardens. Great tree.

                  Can you feel the oven drying out -- and becoming easier to fire and heat up. Toward the end, I think you will feel it jump forward; ready to go.
                  James
                  Pizza Ovens
                  Outdoor Fireplaces

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                  • #10
                    Re: Up in smoke?

                    I'm loving it. I just read a post on "dirty steak." I just might try cooking those in the oven today. I wanted to wait for pizza, but its really hard letting the oven heat up for nothing.
                    "Pizza, the world's most perfect food."

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                    • #11
                      Re: Up in smoke?

                      I had a car nearby my oven with all the doors open...most of the day.

                      Every time I got in the car for the next few weeks I smelled the woodsmoke....learned to keep the windows closed!
                      Sharing life's positives and loving the slow food lane

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