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Old 06-22-2008, 10:45 PM
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I've made to firing this weekend, about the same size, reached about 150C. The dome was cold after first one, yesterday it was definitely warm outside, so it's look like a progress. Unfortunately, we have a very unstable weather, so I'm forced to keep an oven all the time covered with plastic film.
In a couple of days I'll dress it in insulation blanket and hope to cover it with concrete next weekend.
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:23 AM
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Sorry I hadn't caught this thread.
Great work Dvonk.

Did you experience any cracking after firing?

And what would you do different if you could?


Congrats!

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Keeping it dry at all times definately is a pain - Get that thing covered with something watertight as soon as possible!! ...I'll keep my fingers crossed for you in the meantime.

Dave, he won't get any cracking because he used the same mortar as me.
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Dave, he won't get any cracking because he used the same mortar as me.
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Dave, he won't get any cracking because he used the same mortar as me.
It seems that chamotte mortar irate amateur cement-dependent oven-builders!

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:42 PM
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Thank you, Dave

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Not yet, Dave. Actually my firing is rather moderate. And I hope of mortar, well, Frances told you that ))

I'm definitely would build another dome-opening walls transition if I build it again, to lock walls with a dome. Now it gave me a simple way to leave a door reveal but forced me to make some cartwheels and jumps and tricks - say nothing of wasted time for two attempts to build the facade arch and vent.
And I probably will change the vent-chimney transition, cause I'm thinking of making brick chimney instead of sandwich. Not sure but


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Well, it was quire rainy yesterday, but I've managed to fire the oven covered with plastic film. It still has no chimney, so I'd covered the upper part of facade with mortar just to keep it of smoke and soot.
I was an experience - cause it was not only the first pizza in my oven, but it was first pizza I've ever made. There still a lot of room for getting skills, of course - fire management, working with dough, but it works.
And the very first pizza come out more or less normally - but the last, 6th pizza stick to peel and was ruined completely (Frances, I was keeping you in mind!)
The crust was pretty thin - about 5 mm maybe, crispy and easy to fold.
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That looks really good!

...Five out of six isn't bad at all, specially if these were your first pizzas ever - and in the rain!

What kinds of flour do you have in Russia? Is it easy to get different variaties? The flour here seems to be rather different from what is sold in the USA and the UK, but it works, so I'm not grumbling.
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Hi Frances,
My friends from Italy told me that I have to look on the temperature, and probably on the dough, so I have to practice a lot.
We have here mostly bread flour, special ones is quite rear, made of wheat I mean - it's nor so difficult to by rye or outmeal or buckwheat of pea - but it's a problem to get wholemeal, for example. We have local flours as well as Scandinavian, but Italian is rare (never seen it, to be exact, but saw French 55 once, strange). I hope to find it in a special shops - but didn't search yet.
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