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    Thanks to JP and his post with this link.... Top down

    I tried the top down method...

    The advantages of the top-down fire building method are:
    minimal start-up smoke;
    no chance that the fire will collapse and smother itself;
    no need to open the loading door to add larger pieces once the kindling fire is established

    I will add that there was a very even burn and relatively fast.

    I started with large wood, one flat piece of paper on top to hold the small stuff, one crumple and a bunch of bits on the top...even some dry rosemary!

    I'd say a thumbs up to doing the top down....
    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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    Re: Doing the top down

    ....where's the oven?

    sorry......it's a fire for a paella....

    probably twice as much wood as needed but it was my first time top down....
    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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    • #3
      Re: Doing the top down

      I think you need bigger pieces at the bottom XJ. The first time is always a scary adeventure, regardless of what you are doing.
      GJBingham
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      Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.

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      • #4
        Re: Doing the top down

        Originally posted by gjbingham View Post
        I think you need bigger pieces at the bottom XJ. The first time is always a scary adeventure, regardless of what you are doing.
        for the oven, absolutely right George...add big wood under the stack.

        but for the paella, all I want are some coals, and quickly! then I just keep the fire burning with a few sticks....
        sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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        • #5
          Re: Doing the top down

          How about a cooking vid XJ? I couldn't guess my way to paella, even though I've had it several times.
          GJBingham
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          Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.

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          • #6
            Re: Doing the top down

            Originally posted by gjbingham View Post
            How about a cooking vid XJ? I couldn't guess my way to paella, even though I've had it several times.
            George I don't vid, yet

            Paella....it's much easier than you think and very forgiving...you just need a good soup stock and then go for it!
            sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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            • #7
              Re: Doing the top down

              NOW....how about a vid on being a stay at home dad...

              my daughter has twins, just crawling last week.....
              sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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              • #8
                Re: Doing the top down

                Hey Jim, I've been making stock since you posted your paella recipe... I haven't used any yet, but still...
                "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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                • #9
                  Re: Doing the top down

                  I did a top down yesterday in the WFO - perfect. Minimal smoke and faster startup. I was really surprised at how well is caught on.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Doing the top down

                    Doing the top down method right now. It is so much better than starting with sticks, then moving to logs. I love this, and now, I need to perfect it
                    An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

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                    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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