Go Back   Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community > Pizza Oven Design and Installation > Pompeii Oven Construction

Like Tree3Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #111  
Old 07-14-2013, 07:18 AM
Laborer
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 93
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs

Quote:
Originally Posted by K79 View Post
I wouldn't worry at all about the different color bricks. Looks good if you ask me. I'm curious though... you light all that wood in your oven and you only reached 350 degrees? How long did you hold your previous temps?
So for the burn that got up to about 350deg (avg), about 24 hours later the dome was a consistent 125 deg. That doesn't sound too bad.
Reply With Quote
  #112  
Old 07-15-2013, 09:17 PM
Serf
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: utah
Posts: 10
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs

Really like your oven and enjoying watching your progress. I'm curious what the dimensions of your clay chimney are?
Reply With Quote
  #113  
Old 07-16-2013, 06:50 AM
Laborer
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 93
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs

Quote:
Originally Posted by broschb View Post
Really like your oven and enjoying watching your progress. I'm curious what the dimensions of your clay chimney are?
Thanks. It's a standard 8" x 8" flue and the walls are 0.75" thick. So the outer dimensions are the 8" x 8" which makes the "inside" dimenions 6.5" by 6.5"

If anyone else has questions, feel free to ask.
Reply With Quote
  #114  
Old 08-06-2013, 10:44 AM
Laborer
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 93
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs (Curing Fires)

I know its been awhile since Ive posted, but have no fear, progress has been made and well be enjoying great pizzas in no time.

I was gone for a couple of weeks doing some Navy Reserve work, just north of Los Angeles. While I was gone the mason finished the brick work, and since Ive been back, have been firing the oven. The attached pic is from last night, curing #7 and I got the oven up to about 750 degs. I'm guessing the picture was at about the 40 min point.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE IM ON THE RIGHT PATH/PROCESS:
For this 7th firing, I used seven logs that were about 2 diameter and two bigger ones (on top) about 4 in diameter (plus kindling and a little paper). After about 1.5 hour of letting the pile burn (was a nice pile of embers at that time), the oven started getting white at about the top quarter and was about 750 degs. Im guessing that if around the one hour point, if I through on 2-3 more logs that the temp will get up to about 900 deg and Ill get the whole oven white?
Any suggestions/recommendations?

As I mentioned earlier, all the brick work is done, but no pics yet, as I want to wait till the roof is complete (yes, I know, building up the anticipation). Roof will be completed and installed this Friday, so expect some pictures then.
Attached Thumbnails
36" oven in Colorado Springs-105-curing-fire-7.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #115  
Old 08-06-2013, 11:17 AM
boerwarrior's Avatar
Journeyman
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 429
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs

On my oven, the top starts going white at about 900 degrees and then the "whiteness" gradually spreads down from the top to the floor. It takes about 30 minutes from "top whiteness" to "floor whiteness". It seems that once you reach a certain temperature you need to maintain that temperature - as opposed to trying to make it hotter. I do spread the embers from the center to the edges a bit to encourage "wall whiteness"!
Reply With Quote
  #116  
Old 08-06-2013, 11:54 AM
Laborer
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 93
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs

Quote:
Originally Posted by boerwarrior View Post
On my oven, the top starts going white at about 900 degrees and then the "whiteness" gradually spreads down from the top to the floor. It takes about 30 minutes from "top whiteness" to "floor whiteness". It seems that once you reach a certain temperature you need to maintain that temperature - as opposed to trying to make it hotter. I do spread the embers from the center to the edges a bit to encourage "wall whiteness"!

Thanks BoerW.
I let it continue after the 1.5 hour for another 30 mins, but not much happened, stayed about the same temp and didn't get any more "whiteness". Just the ember pile got smaller. Understand I might help the situation by spreading out the embers.

Understand all ovens are different (and wood types), how much wood do you use to get to 900 deg? and do you just put it all in at once?

Thanks, Dana
Reply With Quote
  #117  
Old 08-06-2013, 01:49 PM
deejayoh's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,330
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs

Your oven won't clear w/o flame. Once you get to embers, it is actually cooling. You need to have a good fire that is licking the ceiling with flame to clear it. Then you move it side to side to clear the edges.

Check out the chapter in "Art of Wood Fired Cooking" on lighting your oven and temperature management. It's the best resource I have found. The relevant chapter is available for free from Google books (page 20).

The Art of Wood-Fired Cooking - Andrea Mugnaini - Google Books
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #118  
Old 08-06-2013, 07:51 PM
Laborer
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 93
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs

Quote:
Originally Posted by deejayoh View Post
Your oven won't clear w/o flame. Once you get to embers, it is actually cooling. You need to have a good fire that is licking the ceiling with flame to clear it. Then you move it side to side to clear the edges.

Check out the chapter in "Art of Wood Fired Cooking" on lighting your oven and temperature management. It's the best resource I have found. The relevant chapter is available for free from Google books (page 20).
Thanks DJ, great insight!
Reply With Quote
  #119  
Old 08-17-2013, 09:08 PM
Laborer
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 93
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs (temp door)

finally was able to take some pics and get them posted.

i used one of the doors forums and added some cement boards to the front (with spacers) and bottom and sides. it's at least better than nothing, helps retain the heat fairly well.
Attached Thumbnails
36" oven in Colorado Springs-106-temporary-door.jpg   36" oven in Colorado Springs-107-temporary-door.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #120  
Old 08-17-2013, 09:09 PM
Laborer
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 93
Default Re: 36" oven in Colorado Springs (fire pit)

some pics of the fire pit and seating walls
Attached Thumbnails
36" oven in Colorado Springs-108-finished-fire-pit.jpg   36" oven in Colorado Springs-109-finished-fire-pit.jpg  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A newbies survey of the Forno Bravo treasures hiding in the archives Lburou Newbie Forum 86 08-10-2014 05:33 AM
Why Italian Wood-Fired Ovens are Round james Newbie Forum 50 04-01-2014 09:14 PM
Travel Report: The Greek Wood Oven FornoBravoNews Europe 2 04-28-2012 02:54 PM
Ferro Cement Pizza Oven cvdukes Introductions 20 10-25-2008 09:38 PM
Why we did the Pompeii Oven james Introductions 0 03-21-2005 03:48 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:52 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
2006/10 Forno Bravo, LLC