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Old 03-27-2008, 01:45 PM
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Default Flower pot as a cloche

As some of you know, I don't have a WFO, but I have a fairly serious gas oven with a pizza stone. The last time I made bread, I heated a large terra cotta flower pot to 550F along with the stone, then inverted it over the bread. Got a decent crust out of it (not as good as the WFO, but passable) and fantastic spring. Halfway through I vented it by placing firebricks (which had also been preheated) under the flower pot on two sides.

Just thought I'd pass this along to my WFO-deficient cohort.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:14 PM
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Default Re: Flower pot as a cloche

This four quart pyrex bowl works good too, on a pizza stone or a WFO floor.



As an added bonus, you can see through it, to see if your bread is getting too brown.
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:43 PM
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That's the first picture I habe see of that dome, Dmun. Is that the 'geodesic' design you made?

Looks fantastic with some soot markings on it.

Sorry if I'm behind the times - I did read your thread about the construction.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:05 PM
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That picture was taken after a fire was started, and then not brought up to temperature because pizza night got delayed. It usually doesn't stay black very long.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:13 PM
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Ah, yes, of course.

When the oven cools a bit, (or completely?) does it go back to being this sort of colour?

My guess is yes. Gives real definition to the joints in the bricks.

I know I'm only referring to the appearance of the oven, please don't think I'm overly concerned with at - I do appreciate the effectiveness of the round dome in the oven.
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