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aeu99217 05-20-2010 09:29 AM

Hi, this may seem like a silly question, but I was wondering about the level of smoke the oven produces. Is there a great deal of smoke? The reason I am asking is that i was thinking about positioning the oven next to my fence. However, it's obviously not my intention to have smoke wafting into my neighbour's patio.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Cheers Ross

jota112233 05-20-2010 09:40 AM

Re: Smoke
Hi Ross
My oven isn't finished yet, so can't really sepak from experience. I have however raised this question before, for the same reasons you have.

I'm told that it does get a bit smokey initially, when starting the fire. But as soon as it gets going and is nice and hot, the chimney starts to draw the fire, and this significantly reduces the amount of smoke.

There are a couple of FB video's on youtube that show this.

Hope this helps.


Tscarborough 05-20-2010 09:42 AM

Re: Smoke
I get 20 minutes worth at startup, about 2x my smoker amount, then nothing.

aeu99217 05-20-2010 09:56 AM

Re: Smoke
nice one guys. Thanks for the info. I could site it somewhere else, but it's not the best use of limited space. Appreciate the advice.

Tscarborough 05-20-2010 09:59 AM

Re: Smoke
Just bring them a pizza occasionally, I promise they won't complain.

fxpose 05-20-2010 10:12 AM

Re: Smoke
...or do what Raffy did with his towering inforno. :D

texassourdough 05-20-2010 11:50 AM

Re: Smoke
My oven smokes mainly when starting up and when I put wet/green logs on. Once at temperature (clear - or even approaching clear) mine makes very little smoke. It is too hot!

david s 05-20-2010 12:40 PM

Re: Smoke
If you overlaod the chamber with fuel it will also smoke. With care apart from start up (5 mins) you should be able to fire almost smoke free if your wood is dry. The "Top down method" of starting the fire is also almost smoke free if you get it right.

texassourdough 05-20-2010 01:45 PM

Re: Smoke
Good point, David! I use the stuff it and go approach...

david s 05-21-2010 03:55 AM

Re: Smoke
I was at a market last year and they put me next to a lady who made nice knitted baby booties and the like. I was so worried about infusing her wares with smoke that I ended up learning how to fire the oven virtually smoke free. Rule 1. Always maintain flame.
2. Don't overload the chamber.
3. Top down method for lighting.
4. Use a blow pipe to give the fire a blast of O2 when needed.
5. Always use dry wood.
She was a lovely lady and didn't complain, but I did work the oven so that no smoke ended up on her goods. She also appreciated the pizza I cooked.
I think we need to consider our neighbours.

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