Hello fellow pizza fanatics!
I built the Mattone Barile over a year ago. Although I’ve enjoyed the project immensely, the performance of the oven, or possibly my techniques, have been very underwhelming. Since curing the oven I’ve made pizzas on 6 occasions and the main problem I have is that the oven won’t get past 400 degrees or so and when I try to close or partially close the front with the door the fire immediately starts smoking heavily, and I’ve had a neighbor who has threatened to call the fire department. Last Saturday I had 12 hungry people over for a pizza party. I spent 1.5 hours tending to the fire, using a blower at times to feed it oxygen so the smoke would be minimal, finally got some decent ashes, and the oven wasn’t hot enough to cook the pizzas. I would try to close the door off some to heat it up and the smoke would immediately start getting heavy. I ended up cooking the pizzas in my gas grill, so sad. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or if my oven has a major problem, although I followed the plans exactly. I’ve been using dry almond wood and even got a taller chimney but nothing is helping. Any help would be so appreciated!
I’ve attached a picture of the outside and an inside picture of the one time I did successfully cook two pizzas inside but even then it wasn’t more that 550 degrees.