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Old 04-03-2014, 01:56 PM
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Default Re: new build in Brisbane - Vibrok Caminetti

A cheap bi metal oven thermometer that has its own little stand, placed inside the oven, is another cheap and reliable alternative for roasting and baking temperatures. Semolina cast on the floor is a really good test for pizza temperature.

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Old 04-06-2014, 07:09 PM
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Hey guys,
So took off the wrap this morning, let the moisture evaporate and I've been (trying) to light a small fire.
Unfortunately it just seems to go out after 30 mins. I've had to re-light it three times now - though the last one went well until the small kindling burnt out and it seems the larger pieces didn't catch at all.
Thank god for my blowtorch
Can someone tell me if I am building the top-down stack wrong or something else?
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:23 PM
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Heh, it seems I spoke a minute too soon.
I had loaded a heap of kindling and re-lit the fire again before coming and uploading those photos - just went back out and the fire is happily burning away now!
So exciting seeing your first fire going properly

In other rather bad news, we were planning to do an extension to our house to accommodate our future family and unfortunately engineers report came back negative! Really bummed I've just finished the oven and we're going to have to move probably within this year.
Hopefully I can get plenty of use from the oven before we move.

Never fear though, I will be doing a new WFO wherever it is we end up moving to
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:54 PM
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What a bummer, having to move after all your work. A WFO a good selling point though . And with all you have learnt you'll be building the next one yourself I'd bet.
Its not you fire making skills that are lacking its your oven is damp that's all. Build the fire on a little raft under the chimney and when its alight push it in. You'll find as it dries those fires will get hot real fast. If it were me I would be getting some charcoal heat beads in a big tin like a big baking dish with holes in it. Gives you heat without the flames which can cause uneven heating. Good thing is they go all day unattended and slowly dry things out.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:03 PM
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Yeah the fire has been going pretty solid since then.

The wood has burned right down a couple of times but it is so easy to just chuck some more good sized pieces on and then give it some oxygen (whoever suggested a pipe to blow air onto the fire gets my biggest thanks) and the fire flares right back up again.

Temperatures at the moment are around 130-150c on the sides and around 250c on the ceiling.
The outer dome top temperature is currently at 75c which is surprisingly warm.
The dome is still all black so it hasn't cleared at all yet.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:20 PM
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The outer dome is warm to the touch because you dome is still wet and that insulation is full of steam. Remember drying fires not white dome fires. Above 100C you making steam better to back off and let that steam escape. Make to much to fast and its cracks for sure.
One more thing is sure as it dries the fires get hotter per the same amount of wood this is the time to be careful the temperature can get away from you really fast.
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Yes right you are.
I laid the tarp over the dome later in the afternoon as it was looking like it would rain.
Luckily we only got a few drops but there was moisture condensing under the tarp and once I lifted it off the dome there was steam coming off the dome.
Obviously a trial pizza cook won't be happening tomorrow as I know I still need a number of curing fires.
I will have time to do at least 4 more fires of 4+ hours before I need to cook, so that should be enough to finish curing.
Certainly going through the wood though!
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............. I know I still need a number of curing fires.
I will have time to do at least 4 more fires of 4+ hours before I need to cook, so that should be enough to finish curing.
Certainly going through the wood though!
Each time you stop and let it cool down, you are starting over from scratch. Instead of several more fires, why not try one long sustained fire. It wont take nearly as many total firing hours, and will use a heck of a lot less wood
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Yeah I have been lighting them as long as possible.

I say 4+ hours as by the time I get home and light a fire it will be 5pm and then I need to let it go out by 9pm so I can cover the whole oven (and flue) by 9:30pm so I can go to bed.
I had it lit for at least 7 hours yesterday.
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These intermediate showers are a pain.... You would never know when one will come along and spoil your efforts. If there was some way to loosely tarp that oven you could get some BBQ beads in there and they could heat that oven over the day. No flames to flare up best way of drying a wet oven that I know.
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