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It hasn't caused a problem in the past...but the key is keeping the fire small and continually move coals to the perimeter. Oh, and as we all know, cracks happen eventually...causing damage from rapid expansion is what you are trying to avoid.
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Gudday
To quote Laurentus, Newbie forum, "Heat drops fast"....
Quote "Then, cook something while it cures" Unquote
Well why not ....it doesn't have to be a 90 sec pizza does it.

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Is yours 500,000 BTUs?
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^ probably not. Show off, trying to flash your guns???

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Im a bit hesitant as you can imagine, last night the first few cracks appeared, hair line cracks around the top perimeter and down a few rows, it closed up mostly when it cooled down in the morning. So i want to be cautious and take it easy, and do it right. Im hoping to get the heat up to 400-425F tonight. From what i understand, build a small fire in the center, keep on adding fuel and spread it around, is this correct? Thank you.
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I just wanted to share the way I happen to do it....there are other methods that work as well. Just slow and steady...slow and steady.


When I built my first one, I was as nervous about firing it as you are. The cracks appeared and I started to worry. I described it to my neighbor, who is very well known in the field of masonry heaters, as a builder and instructor. He just smiled and assured me that it's normal, and outside of a colossal building mistake, the oven would last a long, long time. That was over 8 years ago, and the oven is as good as the day I started the first real fire. I don't use heat guns or thermometers while curing or cooking. It's all feel and sight, and when you start using it more you will do the same thing. Don't worry so much....just go slow, keep steady heat, increase it gradually day by day. Before you know it, you will be churning out pies.
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I just wanted to share the way I happen to do it....there are other methods that work as well. Just slow and steady...slow and steady.


When I built my first one, I was as nervous about firing it as you are. The cracks appeared and I started to worry. I described it to my neighbor, who is very well known in the field of masonry heaters, as a builder and instructor. He just smiled and assured me that it's normal, and outside of a colossal building mistake, the oven would last a long, long time. That was over 8 years ago, and the oven is as good as the day I started the first real fire. I don't use heat guns or thermometers while curing or cooking. It's all feel and sight, and when you start using it more you will do the same thing. Don't worry so much....just go slow, keep steady heat, increase it gradually day by day. Before you know it, you will be churning out pies.


That is re-assuring, thank you for the info.
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Here are some more from today, got the oven walls up to 400-425. Today went pretty well i guess. I got down the method pretty well. The charcoal chimney starter worked like a charm, lit up a few pieces of wood then constantly added wood, every 2 minutes i would throw in a piece inside, worked pretty well. The fire was constant and never went out in the chimney starter, i used scrap 2x4 wood at first then switched over to Hardwood/Mulberry.






Threw in some Mulberry to dry out for the next firing.



And here are the cracks thus far.

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Looks good, those cracks appear normal.
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Looks good, those cracks appear normal.
Cracks, cracks, cracks! Ovens are like, Plumbers they all have one, some are in your face, others are well covered. Stop worrying and cook something!
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