I made a UDS smoker especially for high temps and for mainly pizza only. I first tried it with plain wood no charcoal and I hit 600+ temps and actually produced the best looking pizza I have done to date. But it tasted like crap. It was as if the pizza had been in a house fire lol. So some members on another forum said pizzas need no wood, I now cook over straight lump and it tastes awesome but I cannot achieve the temps I did with straight wood. I am also not able to get the top of the pizzas to cook well before the crust burns. I am cooking on a pizza pan. With higher temps and straight wood I had a good browned cheese. I cannot get that anymore.
But I see people talk about wood burning pizza ovens. Why do those work but when I tried straight wood it ranked the pizza horribly with smoke flavor? Is there a way to mod my UDS drum to make it a suitable pizza oven? I don't want to spend a bunch of money right now building anything.