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Old 09-04-2012, 06:19 PM
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HELP!
I have practiced 3 days now. The top of the pizza is cooking fine. The bottom of the pizza is not cooking enough.
Suggestions???
I have an Andiamo 70.
thank you!
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:29 PM
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HELP!
I have practiced 3 days now. The top of the pizza is cooking fine. The bottom of the pizza is not cooking enough.
Suggestions???
I have an Andiamo 70.
thank you!
Do you have any way to determine the temp of the dome vs floor.

1, Push your fire over where you want to place the pizza and then before cooking it push the fire away and cook on the hot spot.

2, is your floor insulated?

3, is the insulation under the floor dry yet?

4, How long is it taking to cook the tops?

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:47 PM
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HELP!
I have practiced 3 days now. The top of the pizza is cooking fine. The bottom of the pizza is not cooking enough.
Suggestions???
I have an Andiamo 70.
thank you!
We need to know the temp of your floor. That number is HUGE on whats happening while cooking.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:12 PM
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Default Re: Oven struggles - bottom of crust terrible

I will echo what the others have said, it is great advice. I build my fire on the flood where I plan on cooking, then move the coals to the back left and place the pies where the fire was.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:16 AM
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You are not building large enough fires, so the cooking floor is not hot enough. The dome and the floor should both reach 800F+ during firing and then they can cool down for baking.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:24 PM
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hi,
I broke down and bought a laser infrared thermometer...FB sells them as do other companies but all are about $100...It is truly invaluable since guaging the temperature at the extreme temps required in WFO cooking by sight or feel is basically just guessing...the IR thermometers tell you within 2 degrees how hot any surface is...your floor should be 750 - 800 degrees when you put your first pie in...Attached picture is a pizza after 15 seconds in my Primavera70...You should see the crust start to 'spring' almost instantly...check out the pizza cooking video on FB's web page...it shows how hot and fast a pizza cooks...also the "top down" fire video is very helpful.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:51 PM
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The Harbor Freight IR thermometer works just fine up to 1000F and it's often on sale for as little as $24.95. plus 20% off if you play your cards right.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:24 AM
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From the picture it seems your oven isn't hot enough, it hasn't burned clear.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:43 PM
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Default Re: Oven struggles - bottom of crust terrible

Hi everyone...
Thanks for your suggestions.
I have a infrared thermometer.
I don't know anything about insulation. I will have to ask Forno Bravo.
The tops of pizzas cook in 5 minutes.
I will build hotter & bigger fires & place the fire where I will cook the pizza.
I will move the fire & pizza from side to side.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:27 PM
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Your oven is still black. All the black should be burnt away to cook pizzas at the required temp. 5mins is too long. Try throwing 1/2 tsp of semolina onto the middle of the floor. It should turn black in 3 secs. 4secs = floor not hot enough, 2 secs= floor too hot. Maybe your oven is still too new, contains moisture and still needs longer gentle fires to finish eliminating water.
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