I have missed a few updates on this but eish... that is an amazing result! Good work and good work to the crew for chucking out 50 pizzas - that is spectacular. I hope you're pleased with it!
On Terry's advice I hammered the end of a piece copper pipe flattish (like a letterbox) and use that to blow the ash off the cooking surface. I swipe all the coals to one side with the pipe, then blow the ash to join it.
However, I strongly recommend not following my lead and ''overserving'' yourself whilst cooking, then when the wind knocks the pipe over grabbing the wrong end. Ouch.
I can't praise this oven enough - I felt really bad for you when you showed the cracks as it looked pretty terminal, but to see it in action is a wonder. Clay... amazing.
Good luck, and keep the pictures coming Nick
somewhat missing making pizza while watching elephants
I seem to have missed many of your latest posts but it's good to see the guys giving advice and support on those nausiating cracking problems. I did however (this morning) see your latest post and even though I didn't have time to make a post ...it did put a big smile on my face to see your latest pictures. Great to hear that your pizza party was a success and I adore the picture of the 3 chefs....
You may be correct in saying that there may still be moisture in the oven, so your subsequent firing should take less time to reach temp.....and use less wood when you get there. You will probably have more cracking after a "full Gothem City" firing, but simply parge up any interior cracks with "pure" clay and external cracks can be attacked with cob, mixed with sand or grit to give it a bit of sustenance. If you get any severe external cracks you can also try using some chicken wire or similar in...and over the cracks to stop any future cracking.
I truly appreciate you sharing your brilliant build with us...thanks!!
Thought I'd post once more to say that I heard the young guys I trained up in Pemba started using the oven off their own bat and selling pizzas - this is two years after I left the country. Good to know the oven still works!