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Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

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  • Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

    I heard on the news today of an Adelaide wood fired oven that caused $20,000 damage to a fence and neighbour's property when the discarded coals and ash reignited, burned a brush fence and set a neigbour's house on fire.
    There is a message somewhere buried in there, BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THOSE DISCARDED HOT COALS AND ASH!
    I am very aware of the problem and place them into a steel bin and immediately doused with water. You only need to do this if you have some breads to bake without the fire within.
    I just hope that it wasn't one of our forum members as I have 34 members residing in Adelaide.


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    Re: Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

    Hi Neil,

    I agree. If Iím going to bake bread I will put the coals in a galvanised bin and douse with water. Otherwise I will leave then in the oven and use the coals for retained heat cooking for a couple of days after the initial firing.




    • #3
      Re: Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

      The wood fired oven didn't cause any damage, hot coals that an idiot discarded did.


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        Re: Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

        Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
        The wood fired oven didn't cause any damage, hot coals that an idiot discarded did.
        That is what I was thinking

        I lost a friend to fire in his house because he put fireplace ashes in a paper bag.....

        We put coals from the fireplace and WFO in a metal container with an air tight lid.
        Lee B.
        DFW area, Texas, USA

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        • #5
          Re: Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

          Bloody hell! Glad I've got a large well insulated ash slot I can scrape the coals into directly...
          Boom Shanker! (Neil - The Young Ones)


          • #6
            Re: Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

            Yep those hot coals stay dangerous for days in the insulation of the ash.
            Heard off... from a neighbour of some one who placed 2 day old ash in his bin and it flashed up and burn't his bin out. I use a number of 20 ltr steel drums and leave it for weeks before I empty them out... in the gardens.

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            • #7
              Re: Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

              If you separate the coals from the ashes, and remove fresh air, they go out quickly, plus you get free charcoal.
              Last edited by Tscarborough; 01-17-2012, 01:58 PM.


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                Re: Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

                Or you can just shovel the coals into your Weber (or other covered grill) and close it up.



                • #9
                  Re: Wood fired pizza oven causes $20,000 damage!

                  Definaltly need to be careful. I do the same as Neil and put them into a metal bucket then fill the bucket with water. It then goes out onto the lawn or vegie graden, or dried out and charcoal reused back in the oven.

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