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  • Dealing with ash build-up while cooking all day.

    First-time poster here. Curious to know if anyone had any tips on dealing with ash build-up while they cook. To keep temps high I add a lot of wood. I'm using cherry wood and it burns fast so the ash builds up pretty quickly and as the day goes the seems to smother the fire a bit and it doesn't burn as hot. Do you stop and sweep some of the ash out or just push it out of the way? Any advice is much appreciated.

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    I've found that the more I use my oven, the less wood I use. I've learnt that bringing the oven's temperature up slowly seems to work best, so now, if I plan on pizzas in the evening, I make a small fire all day. By the time I'm cooking, the oven is so well heated that a small amount of additional firewood keeps things going well. As such, I've never felt the need to remove ashes while cooking. But, when I used to make bigger fires to heat the oven more quickly, I found that what worked best was to simply push the ash to the one side.
    My 42" build: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...ld-new-zealand
    My oven drawings: My oven drawings - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community

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    • #3
      +1 on Marks comment. Also, use thinner logs, they burn more efficient and leave less ash.

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      • #4
        I guess I need to start my fires earlier. I'm usually trying to get up to around 750 and keep it there so it's a lot of piling on the wood. I'll need to try thinner wood as well.

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        • #5
          How long before cooking do you start your fire? With a 3 hour fire I use more wood than with a 6-7 hour fire but the 6 hour fire heats the oven far better and I get to 750F easily (at the floor) and over a 1000F at the top of the dome. Unless we're doing lots of pizzas I don't really need to keep the fire going at that point.
          My 42" build: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...ld-new-zealand
          My oven drawings: My oven drawings - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community

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