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John Fahle 03-27-2008 01:45 PM

Flower pot as a cloche
As some of you know, I don't have a WFO, but I have a fairly serious gas oven with a pizza stone. The last time I made bread, I heated a large terra cotta flower pot to 550F along with the stone, then inverted it over the bread. Got a decent crust out of it (not as good as the WFO, but passable) and fantastic spring. Halfway through I vented it by placing firebricks (which had also been preheated) under the flower pot on two sides.

Just thought I'd pass this along to my WFO-deficient cohort.

dmun 03-27-2008 04:14 PM

Re: Flower pot as a cloche
This four quart pyrex bowl works good too, on a pizza stone or a WFO floor.

As an added bonus, you can see through it, to see if your bread is getting too brown.

Puy de Dome 11-07-2008 01:43 PM

Re: Flower pot as a cloche
That's the first picture I habe see of that dome, Dmun. Is that the 'geodesic' design you made?

Looks fantastic with some soot markings on it.

Sorry if I'm behind the times - I did read your thread about the construction.

dmun 11-07-2008 02:05 PM

Re: Flower pot as a cloche
That picture was taken after a fire was started, and then not brought up to temperature because pizza night got delayed. It usually doesn't stay black very long.

Puy de Dome 11-07-2008 02:13 PM

Re: Flower pot as a cloche
Ah, yes, of course.

When the oven cools a bit, (or completely?) does it go back to being this sort of colour?

My guess is yes. Gives real definition to the joints in the bricks.

I know I'm only referring to the appearance of the oven, please don't think I'm overly concerned with at - I do appreciate the effectiveness of the round dome in the oven.

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