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Old 07-17-2011, 08:49 AM
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Just went and had a one day class at Antica Pizzeria, They use only walnut wood. They purchase it from

California Charcoal & Firewood
1518 S Eastern Ave.
Commerce, CA 90040
Tel: 323 260-5390.

They are really nice people and sell it on a 43-47lb bag, each log 16-18 inches for $13 per bag. The have a nice assortment, check out their website!
I took some firewood across the Can/US border and homeland security made me go back to Canada and chuck my wood before they'd let me in. Canada will do the same if I take wood from US to Can. Therefore I can only get wood from up here.... not worth the hassle.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:52 AM
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Is there a trick to keep the smoke to a minimum. Once the fire is going good there is little smoke, and if I keep the door off when I add wood to a good fire there is little smoke, but when I'm getting it going there is quite a bit of smoke. Chime in with your experiences. Thx.
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:45 PM
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I have been burning walnut and I smell like I have ran a meat smoker as well. I heard apple wood is great. How is oak for cooking pizza. I need a wood that burns hot and has little smoke. I made sure I stripped the bark, but firing my oven still produced alot of smoke. I like near other homes in a tract so I want the smoke to stop quick when I fire the oven. Any ideas on wood that would help in this and still burn hot
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:20 AM
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The past 3 days I've been cooking everyday with the Forno Oven and have not had a bad pizza or item yet. I've done; pizza, tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, potatoes, butterflied whole chicken, green beans with salt and olive oil, asparagus with salt and olive oil, pizza dough like pita bread, and pizza dough in a ball for a crusted soft bread. I do enjoy barbequing and this is much more fun.

I've been burning untreated moldings once the oven is hot and I'm cooking. Mostly poplar, maple and some oak. Oak burns hot and smokes little if the door is open.... if you close the door it smokes quite a bit, as does boards that you just put in the oven such as maple and poplar. I'll let you know what apple wood is like once I get some.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:26 AM
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Forno Gator - If you don't mind me asking where did you locate the apple wood in BC? I've been trying to find some for the BBQ but haven't had any luck so far.
I received a reply from the fella in BC. He's in Vernon and is still selling cut and split apple wood, pm me and I'll forward you his number. Thx
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:48 PM
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I am gonna second (or third) the idea of checking with a local cabinet or furniture maker. My neighbor works for a high-end furniture maker and he says they fill up 4 or 5 50 gallon trashcans every day with hardwood scraps. He told me to just get him a trashcan and he will gladly fill it up for me. I asked him if the wood is treated in any way and he told me it is not.

Now I just need to get a trashcan.
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:16 AM
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Sounds like a good idea for oak. I picked up 2 cords of apple wood/cherry wood from BC. Only problem is the ad said split and I get there and none of it is split after driving for 6 1/4 hours. I've tried splitting with an 8 lb maul and it requires 7 or 8 swings to split up an 10" diameter X 16" length piece.... and he told me to "make sure you get a 20 ton splitter because it'll wreck a 10 ton splitter". Good news is guys are selling cords of apple wood here for $1200 to $1500 and I bought it for $220 cord + tip + fuel (they loaded most of it into my cargo trailer + truck).
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:15 AM
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I really like using fruit woods like apple and cherry... very little smoke and it gives off a very nice scent. Oak is also nice... reminds me of woodworking. Has anyone used vines from vineyards?
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:14 AM
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Just curious, have y'all tried starting a small fire, letting it get hot and building from there? I wonder if that wouldn't help with the smoke issues some of you are having.
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:24 PM
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A couple of years ago I was at a market and I was placed beside a lady who was selling hand knitted baby clothes. Not wanting to spoil her merchandise with my smoke, I used the top down method and built the fire slowly and gradually. By doing this I was able to fire the oven without it smoking at all. You also have to be vigilant ant keep a flam going all the time. The blowpipe is great for this.
On the subject of finding wood, I've found that getting wood is a most enjoyable experience.
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