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hodgey1 10-31-2013 04:56 PM

Winter time WFO use ???
I'm starting this as a new thread here because I felt I was high jacking another and this post "I think" belongs here.

Maybe you could help alleviate some worries about winter time use. I have fired my oven at least 15 times for pizza since completing the dome. I've read several times on the forum from different sources that cracks are inevitable and its not a "if" you'll get cracks but when.

I live in the great white north/Great lakes snow belt area that gets lots of snow and sustained very cold temps. My worry is,,,,,,, I have as yet to see any cracks in my dome and I have this concern that if I fire it up on a 15-20 degree day that im asking for it to crack because of the major temp deferential. Do i throw my knowledge of making hard-cold things hot out the window? Or say F' it and enjoy? Or is there a slow process of safely heating up my WFO like putting a light bulb in it days in advance of firing on cold winters days?

I would love to use it in the winter but need a reasonable amount of assurance that it wont result in a problem. For years we've had sled/tubing parties and having WFO pizzas as part of one this winter would rock.

david s 10-31-2013 05:06 PM

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Insulation over the dome takes care of temperature differential. Plenty of oven owners fire their ovens when they're covered in snow. Wet insulation is however another problem and if it's wet it won't insulate too well.

Les 10-31-2013 05:09 PM

Re: Winter time WFO use ???
I've used mine in the winter with no problems. The inside of the dome cannot crack but I would think I would see them in the entry if it were a problem, I do not. By nature it will not jump to temp but climb up slowly. If you are concerned, I would start with a small fire and gradually bring it to heat.

stonecutter 10-31-2013 05:47 PM

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The only concern is if your masonry is holding moisture. Other than that, do as recommended're only looking at a 40*- 65* difference in masonry temperature between winter and summer with an insulated oven.

hodgey1 11-01-2013 05:21 PM

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Well, sounds like winter time use shouldn't be a problem. I do not believe my oven is holding any moisture. The dome and walls clear nicely after 1 1/2 hrs of firing. I will have to give it a go this winter.

jeeppiper 11-02-2013 05:59 AM

Re: Winter time WFO use ???
I concur with everyone else here....temperature differential is not the issue....that is what firebrick is designed to handle. Moisture is the concern....and the best way to get rid of the moisture is to use the oven often....So, fire it up!!!!

V-wiz 11-02-2013 10:10 AM

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Fire that sucker up and enjoy your oven... Dont hesitate or look back..

PS i cant wait for the weather to cool down so i can stand in front of the fire and bring out some awesome food.

GrahamG 12-18-2013 07:05 AM

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We use the outdoor pizza over throughout the year and we are in the UK! I'm getting ready for the annual Christmas dinner in the OPO. I've used it in snow, rain and sun!

Fire it up and enjoy.

hodgey1 12-18-2013 08:30 AM

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Thanks for the input Graham. We are currently buried under 3 feet of accumulated snow the last two weeks. The weather mans says a warm up is coming and going to melt a bunch so maybe I can fire her up next week while on Christmas break.

GrahamG 12-18-2013 09:08 AM

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My wife just went all dreamy eyed, looking at the snow reminding us of Massachusetts in 09! But having to drive in it - I hate the stuff!

Have a good one and enjoy.


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