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Old 06-09-2007, 01:29 PM
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Houston we have PIZZA!

Made the first pizza's today. They were perfect and delicious. Did not do so great on the heat management for the fire up, but got the heat were I wanted it anyway.

Seems with the amount of mass I have, I may be more on the side of 2 hr firing to temp. Too busy with all the family to record heat up rate or take alot of pictures, but will start recording the downward ramp now. With fire at slow glowing coals, the inside of the top dome brick got to 598 deg.

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Old 06-09-2007, 01:32 PM
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:47 PM
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Wade - Congratulations!! Oven looks great!
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:23 PM
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Can't wait for the finish out. Excellent job so far.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:44 PM
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Hey Wade,

I'm glad your oven popped back up to the top of the queue. How is the firing going? I am sure you will bring your firing time down to an hour as your oven dries out.

Where are your thermocouples, and what are they saying with more recent fires? Also, are you comparing an infrared on the inner face of the oven with what the thermocouples are saying. That would be an interesting reading on how fast and far you are driving heat into the bricks, relative to the inside of the oven.

Great looking enclosure. Very traditional.
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Old 06-21-2007, 06:57 PM
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Thanks. The oven is performing well. We have only made 2 pizza cooking forays, but they were great.

I have 3 thermocouples all imbedded into the approx center of the bricks. One in the very top center of the brick in the middle of my dome plug, one about halfway down the dome, and one drilled sideways about 9 inches into the floor. If you look closely you can see them in a previous picture. The only data taken so far was my the coast down from the first pzza bake. The curves are very interesting, in that the top temp gradually falls from 594F -223 over 29 hours. The middle actually increased in temp for (382-399) the first 2 hours, then ended up at 226. The bottom rose for 1 hour (312-320) then ended at 177. Interesting that both dome TC's ended up only 3 degrees apart, which makes sense, but good to see. These temps are without a door or anything covering the entry. I have the graph but can't get it sized right to post. I expect the curve to flatten out a bit more over time.

I should hope to be able to make my door next weekend so will see how well that works.

I agree about the surface temp comparison, as that has always been my plan. I have ordered my infrared thermometer and it should be divered by the next pizza bake.

Don't know how long it will take to finish out. The stucco quote was too high, so it looks like I will be doing that myself. Good thing we can't post high res picturers. Thank goodness the stone mason was reasonable, I am tired of masonry. The granite counter should be ready next week, so all I have to do is pour a shelf for it to sit on.
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Old 07-11-2007, 06:49 PM
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Third picture posted in your first message shows a close-up of your oven floor bricks. I can see what appear to be traces of mortar. Did you mortar your floor bricks together?

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Old 07-12-2007, 06:41 AM
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Not exactly.

Since I was using Insblok-19 insulation under the floor bricks, I used a notched trowel to spread a thin layer of Heatstop on the bottom of the bricks to get a level floor. When done I had a couple sections where the gaps were a bit larger than I liked. I know ash was probably go to fill those gaps fine, but I couldn't stand seeing them, so I packed some of the left over mortar into the gaps.



Since I haven't posted in a while... For the record here is the latest picture. I have the granite counter top, just waiting on the stone mason the start/finish the stonework.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:21 AM
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I love the design of your enclosure around the oven. I plan to do one similar to yours but with a metal roof.

Thanks for posting the pics.
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Thanks Kemo.

Here is the latest photo, after the stone mason finished. He even set the counter top for free.
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