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jjf825

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Hello,

I've tried using my new oven twice and I'm having a hard time getting the oven floor to heat up. The pizzas are taking a really long time to cook, and the crust really isn't getting done. Any pointers or tips? I usually start firing up the oven about an 1 hr - 1.5 hrs before I cook the pizza...is this not long enough?

Thanks!
Spartan

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Do you know your oven temperature and where are you starting your fire?
jjf825

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I can't say for sure what the temp is, I'll try to check that next time. I build the fire in the front middle.
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Are you keeping the fire in the front center until ready to cook? Also, what type of work are you burning. Woods like oak and hickory create a hotter fire and develop coals to heat the surface better. Not sure what the problem is, just throwing out thoughts to see if it helps.
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ok, thanks so much for the advice!
Art

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Start fire at least 2 hours before use.

Fill the oven with at least four charges of wood. Get the oven blazing with a lot of wood!

Wait until the wood is reduced to at least 3 inches high with hot coals.

Heap the coals on the cooking surface and rake them away just before placing pizza on it.

Between each pizza, rack hot coals back on the cooking surface to reheat it, then rake away to cook.

Maintaining a hot surface doesn't happen by itself!

Lots of luck, Art

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Also reducing the oven entrance will help in heating and maintaining heat in the oven .
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Perfect, thanks.
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