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Old 12-27-2010, 03:37 PM
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I'm in gympie for a couple of weeks and the weather is the same here. THe father in law is flying in from WA today and I need to pick him up from the ettamogah pub. Here's hoping.

THe seafood sounds the go. I agree with the table setting. I grew up in arnhem land and we would get the plastic lawn furniture out under a tree, go your hardest, then hose the lot down, including ourselves. (Works well for mangoe eating as well) Mudcrab is so much more enjoyable when you can just get in to it and worry about the mess later.

All the best with the rain, I saw wivenhoe the other month when the water was blasting over the spillway. Scary.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:34 PM
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dear worb
QLD Pizza Oven-img_0137.jpg
at a friends place this is the way to start a wfo with wet wood
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:53 AM
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hhaha now i dont feel so bad putting a log or two in the bbq to dry it out hehehe
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:53 AM
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Pheeeeew, I am so happy to see that picture. Before now I was a bit ashamed to admit that an air compressor, air duster and 4 foot of copper tubing was an important part of my WFO fire lighting arsenal.

I think any WFO owner in QLD will need to adapt to this kind of apparatus for the next few months - Dry fire wood is going to be a rare find.

Happy new years to all - I wish I was seeing out the year standing in front of my WFO, toasting to 2010, and welcoming 2011.
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Old 12-31-2010, 03:08 PM
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Hope you all are ok down there in QLD. The flooding looks bad. I can see why dry wood is a rare find.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:08 AM
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I tried to light the fire today, in a torrential downpour, with wet wood. Give me a break, I go back to work on monday, and have only lit the WFO a couple of times since finishing it. Come hell or high water (and I know which is more likely at the moment) I was gonna cook something today.

Did a little lamb roast with vegies. I have only done Pizza to date, and now I am so glad I went to the drama of building in an ash pit. Makes life so much easier come time to clean out the oven. I made a temporary door from Stainless and inch thick hardwood and it's a ripper.

The big thing I'm concerned about is that the outside of the oven is getting hot, and after today's effort it seems to be losing internal temp really quickly. Might be my imagination, but it seems to be getting hotter every time I put a fire under it. There's a few cracks in the render and I'm sure it's letting some water through given the amount of rain we're having. I don't want to race out and render it with an acrylic render now because there will be so much moisture under the coating. Does mineral fibre insulation break down with moisture??? I am hoping it's just the result of wet wood, a fire not quite up to temp, and a sopping wet oven combining to cool the oven too quickly.

The father in law is over tomorrow, I am going to light the fire again and impress him with Pizza. Mind you, I don't want to be too impressive or I'll have to build an oven for him as well.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:17 PM
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Hi Worb
Back at work and understaffed so sorry I have been missing in action lately. Oven wet! don't we know about that. Your right you know about the oven not working to well when the insulation is wet. No air space cause there full of water means the heat just passes through. My ovens just the same. Its looking pretty lonely sitting under a tarp agin I got it fairly dry and I'm not willing to see it wet again its just too much wood to dry it once again.
My WFO is sealed over the render with some fancy "Tuscan effect stuff" the wife got me to buy $80 bucks a tin. Recon I could have got the same effect with a flat house paint and a good bit of anti slip sand. Funny women...complains about the cost of the bricks and insulation which really make the thing work but doesnt blink an eye lit to buy fancy paint.
Any way... figured out my problem stems from the hearth. The rain blows in the entrance, wets the hearth bricks and you no how they soak up water. Next min its in the oven soaking into the hearth insulation and wicking up through the rest. The oven also sits on a larger piece of insulation than its size so the insulation on the hearth overlaps the oven. This has tiles on it and I recon the grout of the tiles soaks in a bit to...plan to get some grout sealer for this.
On the whole though I don't think we can do much about the wheather its just to extreme mate we have had up to 120 mm (5 inchs) in a 24 hour period thts not common

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:03 PM
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I think I'll just keep burning wood, putting up with it till the rain stops, then light a few monster fires and finally render it with something weatherproof. You've given me food for thought with the hearth bricks though, I think at least some of my issues are the same as yours.

After yesterdays dismal effort, I loaded the oven with wood to dry last night. Lit it an hour ago and she's going strong. Pizza and friends and beer this arvo - I'm farewelling my holidays (go back on monday - aaargh). Even with all the drama with wet wood, wet ovens, smoke and dirty looks from the neighbours (bugger ém, I was here first) - the WFO is by far the best project I have ever done.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:40 PM
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Dear worb
Ya been working to hard.... havn't heard from you in a while. Oven still wet? mine is as well. Gave it a few low slow fires in an effort to get it dry for Australia day... yep fire and no pizza... no pain no gain.
Sunday before Australia day had both the boys home so I flashed her up proper like and made the boys some pizza ...worked alright.
Australia day flashed her up again pizza for lunch and put the oven door on and put some lamb and bread in for tea. Had a coupla friends over and a couple of ales in the afternoon... you guesed it feel asleep ...just a little nanny nap. Woke up late child bride was not happy couldn't get the oven door out.
The lamb survived a little more well done. Bread was not... chooks like it though. Oven Temp fell of like I have never seen and the ovens render real hot at the front Top and back are all right though. Recon this things more wet than I thought and put a piece of plastic under a brick on the hearth. And ya quessed it was damp that evening.
Only plan at the moment is a few more low and slow fires cann't find any cracks in the dome ,grout in the tile surround now sealed only entry point must be through the entrance hearth bricks. Yep... thought of that ..slabs dry and bases dry has builders plastic under the slab.
Any thoughts???
Hows yours drying

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Old 01-30-2011, 01:05 PM
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Hi Worb,
Only just discovered your thread. There is an old Italian trick to checking the floor temp prior to sliding in the first pizza. Toss about half a tsp of semolina flour onto the centre of the floor.If the temp is right it should turn black in 3secs. 2 secs = too hot 4secs = too cold. Also place your first pizza closer to the entry where it's cooler to prevent burning, then push subsequent pizzas further in as you need.
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