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Old 04-19-2013, 02:09 AM
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Pizza party time line.

Collect dry firewood weeks or months in advance, I like to get different varieties of timber due to their different burning properties.

Morning of the party.

7am. Out of bed to clean the yard and timber deck, wash chairs and flat surfaces with detergent and bleach.

11am. I light the fire in the entrance of the oven, I like a good heat saturation for pizzas and find a burn of 6 hour or more hours is about right (for my oven).
I start the fire with a few twigs and a firelighter, on top I put what I call fluffy wood, its stuff life Stingybark and Messmate and has a fluffy bark that ignites readily, although both types of timber are Eucalypts its really not that hard and dense when compared to other Eucs but it burns readily.

Once the fire is going I push it to the back of the oven and add more fluffy wood, after the fire is well and truly going I start adding the really good wood that
burns with a passion, stuff like wattle, box and ironbark.

2pm. The fire has been going for 3 hours or so and after a good burn there is usually nothing but just coals left in the oven, I then start adding more firewood, usually smaller limb sized stuff and partially close up the oven to reduce oxygen.
Closing up the oven makes the unburnt timber reduce to coals.

The fire is checked periodically during the rest of the day and more small limb wood added as needed so that I end up with a huge pile of coals.

6pm, guests start arriving and the oven is well and truly saturated with heat (6oo*C), by this stage there is usually a very good pile of coals to use for cooking and for lighting in the oven to see.

I rarely have to rake the coals over the floor to recharged the hearth with more heat.

This works for me but as every oven and timber burnt is different it may not work for you.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:03 AM
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I rarely have to rake the coals over the floor to recharged the hearth with more heat.
This is with just embers?Without any wood?
How much wood approximately do you burn after 5-6 hours of firing?

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Closing up the oven makes the unburnt timber reduce to coals.
Do you mean reducing the opening with the door or completely airtight closing the oven?
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Default Re: Pizza party time line for firing.

Learned some interesting tips on your firing timeline, especially the making of coals with a partial closing of oven door. I have to admit your post has to be a world record for you on the number of words in one of your normally short and to the point responses.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:46 AM
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My pizza part time line:

Thursday: Make dough in bulk
Friday: Ball and refrigerate dough
Saturday: Up early and mow, blow and weed.
2-3 hours before party, start fire.
1-2 hours before party, prep toppings, grate cheese, make sauce, start drinking.
Time to cook, clear coals into grill, throw a small log and and go at it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:30 PM
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This is with just embers?Without any wood?
How much wood approximately do you burn after 5-6 hours of firing?

I burn about 2 wheel barrows of firewood, keep in mind the wood here is dense and runs to about 1200kg per cubic meter for the gooder wood.


Do you mean reducing the opening with the door or completely airtight closing the oven?
Partial open door and damper.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:33 PM
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I have to admit your post has to be a world record for you on the number of words in one of your normally short and to the point responses.
I would like to have some replies under 10 letters long if possible, but the computer says no.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:25 AM
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[QUOTE=Tscarborough;150616]
Saturday: Up early and mow, blow and weed.
2-3 hours before party, start fire.
1-2 hours before party, prep toppings, grate cheese, make sauce, start drinking.
QUOTE]

Whoa now you're talking! But I usually do the weed before I mow and save the blow for after the party...but that's just me.

Sorry just kidding, I don't know what got in to me. Must have been the drink after the pizza party last night...and the blow.
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If I do the weed before I mow it takes about 3 hours and I think I'm flying a jumbo jet.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:19 PM
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If I do the weed before I mow it takes about 3 hours and I think I'm flying a jumbo jet.
Sounds great David, but, I will have too wait until I retire . Most all companies in the US drug test .
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I have my pizza dough in plastic tubs with 5/tub........usually about 3 or 4 tubs for an average show. A glass of red per tub is the rule....any more and I find I'm in trouble
......so a bottle means its time to sit down with the guests
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