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Hello everyone. Very glad I found a forum dedicated to pizza ovens. I recently completed my outdoor kitchen and have a pizza oven that was installed. It is under a 9 foot ceiling lined with vinyl soffit material. The other day while using it for the second time but first time with a larger fire the amount of smoke that came out the front of the oven instead of going up through the chimney caused alot of charring and softening of the vinyl. I am using kiln dried oak which was delivered from my fireplace wood supplier and I really need advice on the smoke issue. It was so bad that my eyes were burning just being near the oven's area.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:54 PM
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Can you post some pictures or a diagram ?

You will probably want to pull that soffit material.
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I would hate to do that as it matches but if I had to replace it I would. Key is to reduce the smoke alot as it is unbearable to stand near the area and it stains everything. Here is a photo.

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Old 06-01-2011, 05:21 PM
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I'm thinking of a vent hood over the door and vent the smoke up and out. That will also take care of the heat issue as well. They make some really classy vent hoods that would look great and be quite functional.
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Awesome. If you have any links so I get an idea I would really appreciate it.

What about something to help with drafting, like this?

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Old 06-01-2011, 05:56 PM
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I have some questions since I can only see the exterior of the oven. It looks like a barrel form, with a square or rectangular cooking area. Is this correct? The door looks large. Is there some kind of constriction in the front, so the top of the door is approximately two thirds of the height of the top of the oven? Where the flue meets the entry, is there any kind of funnel arrangement, or does the flue leave directly from the arch? Finally, what is the size/configuration of your flue? It looks like a masonry chimney, does it have a flue tile liner?

I think the vent fan should be unnecessary. It's quite a tall chimney. I'm thinking there's some kind of obstruction. What kind of flue cap are you using? Could you take it off and see if that improves things?
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Here is a link to the manufacturer specs on it.

http://www.stoneagefireplaces.com/Im.../Amerigo-1.pdf

The chimney is ceramic with masonry around it and right at the very top we just put a ceramic stack on it with a steel cap. I am attaching a photo of the chimney flute at the top.

I really appreciate the help here as this is very frustrating.
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Need to see the inside of the oven and the flue entrance configuration.
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Sounds like your flue is too small and restricting the flow of gases.

Or the oven is constructed wrong some how.
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