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Old 03-25-2013, 01:37 PM
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Well done! Your perseverance has paid off.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:58 AM
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You need to get going on that Pizza Makin'!

If you are looking for a place to start with dough, I recommend this dough recipe from America's Test Kitchen/Cooks Illustrated as an easy introduction that uses IDY. It turns out consistently well, and is my "go to" recipe when I don't have time to start with Sourdough.

America's Test Kitchen Thin-Crust Pizza Recipe - Food.com - 472204
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:27 AM
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Thanks Tom.

I used the "work triangle" in the plan. i am still considering adding a small butcher block island. I is 84" across, so if i leave 36" of space on either side, i only have room for a 12" island, but i think i could cheat to a 16" island and have 34" of walkway. I need to get some "real" peels and pizza tools working in there. I have not even cooked a pizza yet. Been too busy and very new to dough making. So much to learn, but really looking forward to that part.

Tracy
How about putting your island on heavy duty casters and then you could put it where needed. I could see using it just outboard of the oven as a cutting or prep table when in pizza party mode.

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Tracy,

Gorgeous results. I made the mistake of showing my wife your outdoor kitchen and guess what she wants ours to look like now. No chance since my oven base is 40 feet from our house.

Like I said, you have a gorgeous outdoor kitchen. Great Job!!!

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Tracy,

Gorgeous results. I made the mistake of showing my wife your outdoor kitchen and guess what she wants ours to look like now. No chance since my oven base is 40 feet from our house.

Like I said, you have a gorgeous outdoor kitchen. Great Job!!!

Nate
No two ways about it.....I'm deeply envious of your masterpiece! Well done.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:01 AM
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Thanks for all the complements! I am so glad to have this kitchen done. Nate-glad to hear from you and keep on truckin' on that kitchen. Remind your wife that this kitchen was a 3 year project I hope she has a lot of patience and you have a strong back. I would recommend the roof, it really opens up a lot of options; hopefully i can help along the way.

I actually made pizza last night, (or something that resembles pizza anyway) I do not have any tools yet, but made do. I had to cook the pizza on aluminum pans because i couldn't figure out how to get my sticky dough off of the pan without a peel and we were out of flour. Oh well, pizza was good! Especially the pepperoni-pineapple-jalepeno.

I made the kitchen island yesterday from Lowes stock Aspen and poplar. Needs paint and stain, so i covered with the old towel so we could use it last nite.

Dome mostly cleared with 4 logs of oak in about an hour and a half. Dome 915, floor 520 when we started cooking. Temps were 425 this morning with an ill fitting plywood door overnite.

I rolled the dough using a roller and then loaded the pies right there on the pan. That is when i discovered that the pies were not leaving the pan until cooked. I made the dough about the same time i started the fire. I did it all wrong but it was still very tasty and i learned lots in a hurry.

Now i remember why i started this kitchen, good times!

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:28 AM
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Simply Beautiful....

Your oven will hold heat longer once you have had a big party and longer fire, your brick where not probably saturated fully with heat and you can expect 700+ the next morning with full saturation and a good door.

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Chip

I am using a roughly butchered version of your dough recipe. I got a late start last night and i agree, i don't think the dome was saturated. This is the hottest i have had it yet, though.

How long do you guys normally take to heat the dome and how much wood?

need the door and some tools definitely, oh, and learn how to make dough.

Any advice on whether to use a mixer or do by hand?

Tracy
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takes me about 1.5 hours and 7-8 pieces of wood to get mine hot

On the dough, I sometimes use the dough blade in my food processor, but prefer the "stretch and fold" method.
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I think you will find that you can cook pizza at almost any (high) temperature. I like to cook pizza with the floor at about 700 F (as measures with the laser thermometer on the surface - not the buried K-wire); the cooler it is the longer it takes (and the more topping you can use per pie). I have gotten the floor hotter but if you drink beer like I do while cooking, bad thinks can happen in a few seconds above 750 F. I find that how many Pies I can cook at 700 depends on how Much Heat I have saturated into the oven before starting. On a recent weekend I fired the oven for 3 hours before cooking 40 pizzas. I used a lot of wood with the coals spread over the whole floor. Before cooking I shoveled out 3/4 of the coals into a pail with a tight lid (the larger pieces burn great another day). I banked the remaining coals and put one piece of wood on to flame - I replace this once and in 60 minutes finished the 40 pies with the final floor temp around 650 (no beer). Without a live log, my oven floor quickly goes to 600 F. I think this may improve once I quit working with water (recently grinding my cement landing) around the oven and the floor becomes bone dry. With the insulated door in place the oven loses about 125 degrees per day.
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