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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #250 on: November 15, 2020, 09:11:44 AM »
7 pizzas

Is anybody else allowed to touch the "shovel" ??? ;D
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« Reply #251 on: November 15, 2020, 09:21:36 AM »
Is anybody else allowed to touch the "shovel" ??? ;D

Hell no  :o

had a look this morning, 12h after last nights cook the oven was still 250c. Within a minute of taking the door out the coals re-ignited, so we made breakfast  ;D
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« Reply #252 on: November 15, 2020, 06:01:17 PM »
Doesn’t that make all the blood sweat and tears worth while
That looks fantastic mate, well done
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #253 on: November 15, 2020, 09:44:03 PM »
Mate this whole build is awesome.

The outhouse extension looks great and the pizza oven came up a treat.
You should be proud of all of this.

I’m sure all of the neighbors are happy with the fruits of your labour.... ;)
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #254 on: November 16, 2020, 05:52:21 AM »
Yep, real happy to be able to start enjoying the fruits of our labour. It's been 4 months in the making.

The oven was still 210c at 4:00 the next afternoon so we re-heated the leftover pizza & garlic bread and baked some chicken wings for Sunday Sundowners with the neighbours, and also did a roast lamb & veg for dinner. That's 24h of cooking from a single fire of about 1/2 a wheelbarrow worth of wood.
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #255 on: November 16, 2020, 06:45:11 AM »
Yep, real happy to be able to start enjoying the fruits of our labour. It's been 4 months in the making....

You get out of it what you put in.

A job well done... :cup:
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« Reply #256 on: November 16, 2020, 06:55:33 AM »
Yep, real happy to be able to start enjoying the fruits of our labour. It's been 4 months in the making.

Your oven has turned out great, it certainly holds the heat well.
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #257 on: November 16, 2020, 07:23:06 AM »
That's 24h of cooking from a single fire of about 1/2 a wheelbarrow worth of wood.

Awesome! :cup:

How long did it take to get up to temp before starting cooking ???

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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #258 on: November 16, 2020, 09:51:02 AM »
Your oven has turned out great, it certainly holds the heat well.

Cheers, thanks. I'll be curious to see what the temp is tonight, which will be 48h from firing.

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How long did it take to get up to temp before starting cooking ???

Hi Fizzie, I lit the fire at 4:15, and around 5'ish It was way hot enough to start some of the pre-cooking. It got up to about 500c by around 5:30-6'ish, so I probably had a little too much wood in the back of it to start (learning curve). That was a much faster pre-heat than I think is good for the long term life of the oven? The model we got was advertised as a 2 hour preheat to get it to 450c. It actually got there much quicker, but I think my initial firing was a bit too enthusiastic and I had too much wood in at the start. I'd stacked 6 big lumps of split hardwood across the back wall and built about a 400mm square fort fire in front of that with another 2 split hardwood lumps leaning against the front of that.

Around 5:30'ish I started roasting some pumpkin and an eggplant near the mouth of the oven, and made the tomato based pizza sauce in a frypan in the oven. I also had to fry off some mini meatballs and saute some mushrooms for the toppings. Then I baked a couple of flat breads and some melted brie dips for nibbles. We didn't actually start cooking the pizzas until around 7'ish, but the oven was at temp a good 1&1/2 hours before then. The pizza's were cooking in less time than the prep team could build them ;D

We did learn a few thing from this first real firing - a bit less wood at the start would be better. We worked out you don't need a super hot oven at the start when you're making nibbles and prepping toppings while its preheating, and we also need to work on getting our dough mix right. We carefully followed the recipe but I think it was a bit too moist and I was having a little trouble sliding the raw pizza's off the peel onto the oven floor. Possibly the humidity affected the dough mix?

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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #259 on: November 16, 2020, 10:48:47 AM »
and we also need to work on getting our dough mix right. We carefully followed the recipe but I think it was a bit too moist and I was having a little trouble sliding the raw pizza's off the peel onto the oven floor. Possibly the humidity affected the dough mix?

We've found a good dusting of flour on the peel is vital, then after spreading the base we give a little shake to loosen the dough and make sure it slides around right before doing the toppings.
If the base is only on the peel for a minute or 2 while doing the toppings it slides off nicely into the oven.




If you mess around too long the dough starts to stick to the peel and your wife wants to divorce you for dropping cheese and crap all over the base of the brand new oven as you shake the hell out of the peel trying to get that darn pizza off....  Don't ask how I know.... ;D
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #260 on: November 16, 2020, 11:12:52 AM »
Do you have a set of bathroom scales in the kitchen? :D
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #261 on: November 16, 2020, 04:17:05 PM »
Cheers, thanks. I'll be curious to see what the temp is tonight, which will be 48h from firing.

Just checked and it's still at 120c 48h's after being lit.
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #262 on: November 16, 2020, 08:31:19 PM »

If you mess around too long the dough starts to stick to the peel and your wife wants to divorce you for dropping cheese and crap all over the base of the brand new oven as you shake the hell out of the peel trying to get that darn pizza off....  Don't ask how I know.... ;D

The beauty of the wood fired oven is that all that crap disappears next time you fire up.

I cooked plenty of beer can chicken in mine sitting on the floor without a tray & there is no staining from it.