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Old 05-11-2011, 08:39 PM
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At brick oven temperatures, anything that adds sugar (like milk lactose) to the crust will tend to cause burning. All those sugar suggestions are generally attempts to get some kind of browning in home ovens.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:16 AM
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Heli, What have you got against newspaper? I am starting out, and use two sheets twisted to get it going, like I always have in the brazier. I might check out the Jiffy fire lighters if the outlay is worth it.

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Heli, What have you got against newspaper? I am starting out, and use two sheets twisted to get it going, like I always have in the brazier. I might check out the Jiffy fire lighters if the outlay is worth it.

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I dont like the fine ash that it produces and the reason I never throw paper serviettes or anything else into my oven. The Jiffy firelighters are perfect and 1 small block is perfect to get the fire roaring in no time. Personal preference really though others may see it differently.
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Same here the newspaper is terrible stuff as the ash flys around.
I also use fire lighters, and STRONGLY discourage guests from using the oven as an incinerator to burn stuff.
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I use a weed burner to fire up my oven. Since it is a propane powered torch, I can control fire size and length of burn. No problems with the fly ash for me. Down side is the boss hates it when I have to get a new tank of propane. Next stop is a natural gas hookup. In the immortal words of Bevis and Butthead - "Fire, Fire Fire"
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Someone on the forum put me onto using dried used teabags soaked in ajar of methylated spirits for firelighters. They're terrific but I usually remove the strings which tend to tangle.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:20 AM
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nice one dave with tea bags i like it i like it a lot . i shall use this method . wen i get to fire
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I use the fire-starter also. Chemicals in the oven? At 900F those hydro-carbons are long gone. Especially when the the dome clears. It's a very small amount of fuel (maybe 5 gm.) and works great.

Wet wood....oh my. I live in the tropics and the wood is always wet. especially since we live in the rain-forest. Dry wood is an imperative when firing the oven and getting it up to temp. Even if you have a nice fire going and throw a wet piece of wood on, it will drag the fire down until all the water is evaporated. Only then can the piece of wood ignite.

I always dry my wood for the next firing with the residual heat. Wait until the oven is below 450F before you put your in wood to dry. Much hotter than that you risk it igniting and you will end up with a pile of ash. You will probably see the smoke long before that and careful when you open it cause you are adding oxygen to the chamber and it will surely burst into flames. So below 450F when drying your wood. I speak from experience. All of these thing have happened to me.

Your wood should be dry enough to burst into flames within 30 sec on a bed of coals, with a flame. I always like a small flame going all the time....so when I want a tall flame during pizza cooking.....I throw in a piece of wood and it bursts into flame. I like to the way flames char the top and make the dough rise quickly. I've never had the problem of the top cooking quicker than the bottom and I can control the top char better than the bottom. An active flame is my ace in the hole.
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What I like about the fire lighters is that they burn intensely when lit (unlike kindling or paper), and this is all that is needed to get the main fire roaring away. A tiny block of starter, as you say lwood, is all that's needed and that only costs a few cents so well worth it in my view.
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