Old 12-24-2013, 03:54 PM
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Default Re: Cold Oven Draw Test

if you are careful it is possible to fire the oven with no smoke escaping out the front and virtually none at the chimney. However this does require really dry wood. I was once set up at a market stall next to a woman who was selling hand knitted baby clothes. I was quite concerned about the smoke issue so when I lit the fire I started it really small and very carefully fed the fire with minimal amounts of wood as required. Using this technique i was able to produce a virtual smoke free firing from start to finish, but it takes constant monitoring. In normal practice we usually over feed the fire, which results in an excess of fuel and some smoke which is unburnt fuel. In addition if the flame is allowed to die and more fuel thrown in the oven wil lproduce a fair amount of smoke. Using the trusty blowpipe will get the flame going again quickly. Also if you preheat some wood in the entry it will burst into flame as soon as it hits the fire.

I have since added an extra flue pipe length to make my chimney on the mobile oven taller. This has proved to be an effective measure to keep smoke higher and away from other stalls.

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