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Old 01-13-2010, 02:43 PM
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Ah, 3 doors, I like the idea of a wood door to dry wood in between firings. I also still need a door during firings as I've only made one for baking so far.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:46 PM
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That is some really nice stone work beautifully done. I wish I had that kind of diy talent.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:57 PM
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Me too! that's why I hired out the stone veneer work. I figured I'd handle the ugly stuff that gets covered up. After I finished the oven dome and wood pergolla I was worn out anyway. Here's a pic of the guys laying it up.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:29 PM
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There is no doubt there is "good" and "bad" wood in relation to WFO fires. I think key factors that would affect it's good/bad rating are density, moisture content and impurities in the wood. To demonstrate this - have you ever tried to barbeque using wood that doesn't reatin heat and burns too quickly/smokes (impurities)? I certainly have and it's not fun at all and can even taint the meat.

There is no difference if the wood is burned in a BBQ or a WFO - it's properties should remain the same.

Just consider the top pizza restaurants for a moment. Given that they run their operations for profit, do you not think that they would use cheaper woods if they produced the same results as more expensive wood types? I'm sure they would if it was in their interest to do so - but of course they don't. They know that the quality of the wood is an integral element of the WFO cooking process.

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The use of "Seasoned Wood" . What is seasoned wood, I thought it was wood that has been allowed to air dry for a few months or was heat dried for some commercial use. How do you manage to dry large amounts of wood for a wfo? I know I do not have a oven yet, but from what I read you that do enjoy yours on a regular basis.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:15 AM
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Even though I "age" my firewood for the house wood burning appliances-cook stove, fireplace and multi-fuel furnace and WFO for at least a year. After firing the WFO and baking I load the oven with enough wood for starting the next fire. The residual heat in the oven further dries out the wood so it starts quickly. I use a patterned layer around the perimeter of the oven and a stack in the center. The wood I use is about the size of my arm from wrist to elbow and the same diameter. It is not too big nor is it too small. I light the center and the perimeter catches on shortly after that. The oven is almost up to temperature when that layer is all burning and glowing coals. I add more wood then check the temperature of the center hearth. If it is up to temperature. i.e. browns a handful of flour thrown in, I start forming my pizza's.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:03 AM
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I got home this evening and saw the my neighbour had got the council around to lop the gum tree outside his house. Stacked neatly (for collection tomorrow) was a whole bunch of very nice wood. He was happy for me to take it so I popped around and dragged all of the big bits to my front garden and cut them up into decent lengths for drying and burning in the WFO.

It will need a few months to dry properly and I will remove and split the wood later so that it dries right through. We are coming up to the hottest month in the year so it should hopefully not take too long to reach the burning stage.

As there are about 600 different varieties of Gum trees in Australia I have no idea which variety this is. I'm guessing it could be red gum based on the colour but all the gums are hardwoods so all would be suitable for use in the WFO.

So, always be on the lookout for wood suitable for use in the WFO - there seems to be quite a bit out there going begging. We are due for a bulk rubbish collection here (council collects junk and garden waste like bushes and wood from your house) so I may just have a quick look around the neighbourhood over the weekend and see if I can find any more which I can grab for free.

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Old 02-02-2010, 03:22 AM
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I had a Lychee tree lopped recently and asked the guys to leave me some short lengths to split. It is beautiful dense burning wood. I'm sure if anyone contacted these guys you'd be able to get free or cheap wood, but you need to leave it for a year before burning.Get it cut to short lengths so it's easier to split.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:26 AM
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Coolness!

In Alabama, you usually see wood in the fall or spring when people are either trimming (Fall) or cutting down (Spring). Actually, the majority of the bulk in land fills here is wood from homeowners. After I retire, I'd love to get a portable saw mill and just go around sawing up the big trunks. You see some nice specimens go wanting and a heck of a lot of perfectly good firewood go to waste.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:33 AM
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The use of "Seasoned Wood" . What is seasoned wood, I thought it was wood that has been allowed to air dry for a few months or was heat dried for some commercial use. How do you manage to dry large amounts of wood for a wfo? I know I do not have a oven yet, but from what I read you that do enjoy yours on a regular basis.
Seasoned = air dried

Fireplace Lowdown: Seasoned Wood, What Does That Mean?

Buy a truck and hit Selma in a couple of months - you will find a year's worth of wood on curb sides waiting for pick up. WA lot of people get old trees cut in late winter/ early spring while the leaves are still off. Dead trees are available year round, of course! :teeth:

Seriously, over on the west side toward Orrville I used to see massive amounts of wood waiting for the garbage pickup.
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