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paella12 07-13-2012 01:09 PM

WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
I am posting this warning because of what happened to me. I used a wok that I own that connects to a propane tank. Things were going well and maintaining 350 on day 2. The fire from the wok went out after an hour and like an idiot I relit it while it was IN the OVEN. Obviously, there was gas in the oven and it blew. I burned my hand, part of my arm, lost hair on arm and had to seek medical attention. I was back in half an hour and built a fire. Anyway, this way will work, but just be careful. You can light it in the oven the first time, but I recommend taking it back out and then putting it back in if you have to relight. I is an idiot:) and I hope I can keep others from making the same mistake.

Day 1 went well with a fire all day at 300 and I put in four chicken thighs and slow cooked them for two hours. Delicious. Salt, pepper and sliced tomatoes on top.

God Bless and enjoy the oven.

singed but motivated

WJW 07-14-2012 01:12 AM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
Sorry that happened...but glad you are still in one piece. :eek:

Bill

brickie in oz 07-14-2012 02:42 AM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
Bwhahahahaha that is brilliant.....:D boooooom......:D

ebbro 07-14-2012 11:31 AM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
Your recommendation doesn't sound very safe either.

Neil2 07-14-2012 04:58 PM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
Propane appliances such as woks and barbecues are designed such that the gas flows away if they go out.

Avoid using propane in any kind of enclosed space.

david s 07-14-2012 05:04 PM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Neil2 (Post 134948)
Propane appliances such as woks and barbecues are designed such that the gas flows away if they go out.

Avoid using propane in any kind of enclosed space.

....unless your burner is fitted with a flame failure device.

Bacterium 07-16-2012 01:48 AM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
As a mate would say if it was me
Doing that makes you stupid...... Photos of it make you a legend :rolleyes:

On a serious note.. glad you are ok enough to share it

Ken524 07-18-2012 07:07 PM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
Wow. Glad you are ok. I agree with Ebbro; your second recommendation isn't any better.

Several times a year a newbie pops on the forum and says something like "I have a brilliant idea for a propane assisted pizza oven".

This is precisely why we tell them NO. There is absolutely no need for ANY heat source other than a wood burning fire to cure or heat your home's wood fired oven. You don't need light bulbs, weed burners, space heaters, propane burners, Easy Bake Ovens, hair dryers... just a match and some seasoned wood. It's a beautiful thing.

RTflorida 07-18-2012 10:08 PM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
AMEN!!!
Ken, no one could have stated it more clearly.

RT

WJW 07-19-2012 01:10 AM

Re: WARNING: about using Burner with Propane to Cure
 
I've been thinking that I could put a very small bucket of nitro-glycerin in my oven and...

all kidding aside, people (myself included) have a tendency to think they can build a better mouse trap and come up with a short cut. Sometimes that's a good thing. Sometimes not.

In the case of a wood-fired-oven, adding propane to the mix might seem like a reasonable idea...but it adds so much potential danger compared to relatively modest increase in convience that it makes absolutely no sense.

The perceived benefit of using propane (or lightbulbs for that matter) is that you are able to achieve a long-lasting, relatively stable, temperature increase to drive moisture from the guts of your oven. But what many people seem to miss is the fact that the very nature of firebrick is such that a series of small fires achieves essentially the same result as does a long steady burn with propane. By that I mean...firebrick is slow to heat up...and is slow to cool down. If you use a small fire to bring it up to a modest temp...it stays that way for a relatively long time. And if you do this over the course of several days in succession, the temp is likely to remain high enough over that entire period to keep driving moisture from the masonry during the entire time.

And all of this with zero danger of an explosion.

Is it possible to design and fabricate a system which allows one to safely use propane to heat/cook in a masonry oven? Of course it is. But whether it makes sense to do so in light of the cost and difficulty involved in producing a system which remains safe for many years is another matter entirely.

If there were suddenly some severe shortage of wood which made it impossible to get the job done with firewoood, I would cook pizzas in my oven with propane or natural gas. But wood is easy to come by, works fantastically well, and never, ever explodes. So why try to fix something which is far from broken?

Bill


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