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Old 08-16-2012, 04:27 AM
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Default High Fire Danger S/E QLD

Gudday
Tomorrow is a high fire danger for the south east Qld area and the central west. It sounds crazy with winter not yet over I know but this is the fire danger period here in QLD.
Summmers are hot and humid great for growing things but not for bushfires. Winters are cool but very dry with little humidity and little or no rain. We have not had rain now for 28 days and things are drying out fast. Tommorrow we are due 50 knot dry winds out of the west / nth west the temps due to be 27 C (80 F) with the dry growth left from a wet autum its to be a dangerous day. There is already extensive grass fires out west and the wind will only make them worse.
I know my WFO is enclosed and safe but I don't think anyone will like the smell of smoke at the moment so I'll just take it easy over the next month.

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Old 08-16-2012, 11:51 PM
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Yeah Dave, sounds the opposite down south here in Adelaide......rain....wind and more rain. Think I'll leave dome building and stay inside with a glass of red and leave the beer consumption up to you.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:49 AM
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The rain in SA is helping me fill our new pool, which is in the same area as our new WFO!

What is the status of WFO during fire season in SA? are there any restrictions? I would be of the same view as you Dave. If it is a high fire day I would not want to us the WFO just in case and to not scare the neighbours!
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:25 AM
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Hi Chaz,

WFO's are able to be used during the Fire season in SA, provided it is not a total fire ban day. The oven etc needs to conform to the CFS guidelines, ie distance from house etc. Have a look on the CFS website, and look at the guidelines. Go to www.cfs.sa.gov.au. There is handy information there, which should help you.

I am taking extra precaution with my build by including a spark arrestor cap on the end of the flue. Probably overkill, given the design of the oven, but I feel better about minimizing risk.

Smoke appearing in the hills during summer in Adelaide does have the potential to cause a visit by the local lads from the CFS. Guess I better make a good pizza!!

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Old 08-17-2012, 07:47 AM
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Thanks Craig

Had a read of the CFS guidelines. Pretty clear info.

I'm at Angle Vale so dont have as much vegetation as you would have in the hills. I haven't placed a spark arrestor for that reason so hopefully ok.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:27 PM
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Is there any equivalent guidelines or laws for WFO's in suburban Brisbane, Qld?

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Hi Chaz,

WFO's are able to be used during the Fire season in SA, provided it is not a total fire ban day. The oven etc needs to conform to the CFS guidelines, ie distance from house etc. Have a look on the CFS website, and look at the guidelines. Go to www.cfs.sa.gov.au. There is handy information there, which should help you.

I am taking extra precaution with my build by including a spark arrestor cap on the end of the flue. Probably overkill, given the design of the oven, but I feel better about minimizing risk.

Smoke appearing in the hills during summer in Adelaide does have the potential to cause a visit by the local lads from the CFS. Guess I better make a good pizza!!

Cheers Craig
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:52 AM
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Gudday Harrro
(quote)Is there any equivalent guidelines or laws for WFO's in suburban Brisbane, Qld?(quote)
Sorry Ive no confirming reference for you as I called the local fire station and asked verbally whilst planning to build my oven 2 yrs ago.
The fireman was very suprised by a WFO and it was hard for him to imagine the fire was built in the oven itself. He said it probably the same as a wood fired BBQ and could not be used on days of total fire ban of course. He also advised me to build away from the house ( the distance I can't remember but I'm well over it). He also said to be mindfull of the vegetation around the WFO. All pretty much common sense stuff.
The advantage we have in Brisbane is the "fire danger period" for us is the end of winter early spring by the time the summer comes along we have had some storms and have high humidity and low fire danger.
I would talk to as many folk around you as you can so they are prepared for the smell of wood smoke. Wood fired ovens by the way only give off visible really smoke as you first light them, as they warm ...no visible smoke.

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Old 09-03-2012, 02:50 AM
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Thanks Dave for the very useful information.
i'm halfway through my build, but its not a wood fired domed oven, more a wood fired bbq (parrilla) with a little oven above the fire as well. I didn't consult the fire service or council as its pretty hard to explain so not worth the hassle in my opinion. Of course i did use common sense and placed it well clear of the house and surrounding vegetation etc. It will have a flue/cowl to about 4.5m above ground level and isn't too close to any neighbours houses but will still be a good idea to warn them about the smoke as you said.
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Gudday Harro
Send the neighbours food from your BBQ then they will always think of good things when they smell smoke

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Old 09-05-2012, 05:53 AM
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Ok, this is still not for Brisvegas but maybe worth a read, particularly for us crow eaters

http://www.light.sa.gov.au/webdata/r...izza_Ovens.pdf

I'm on the outer fringe of suburbs adjacent the hills so will put in an arrestor to cover me bases
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