Pizzacraver....Thanks for the update, it's nice to know this is an international effort just like the space station.
I'll have to pick up a 6er of Fosters for the launch this weekend and hoist one in your honor.
It sounds like the indoor stove burner you used was oxygen starved so you might try using a wok ring. It will lift the M2 up and allow more air to flow to the intake. They're only about $5-10 on-line if you can't find one locally.
I performed a test firing of the main rockets on the M2 and have very good news to report from mission control. I set the gas valve at just above idle and the M2 came up to 700 degrees in less than 10 minutes. It had good airflow out the side port so all systems are go for the launch window.
The max temp at idle was 800 degrees but I know I could get well above 1000 degrees with no problem if I kicked in the retro rockets. I removed the screws on the air shutter and gave it max thrust, the flame was a nice crisp blue color. In theory the M2 could cut the fuel consumption by 75% or more over the original LBE. I weighed the complete M2 and it tipped the scales at only 16 pounds. This gives an entirely new meaning to the term, "sweet 16".
On my last foray to the supermarket I discovered a new kid on the block in the bakery section so I picked up a bag of Gold Medal organic AP flour. It doesn't have malted barley in it so it should be great for a high temp test run. It may even be a good alternative to the high priced Caputo.
The question that remains to be answered is this. Is the M2 capable of a sub 1 minute pizza? I think so and I'll be sure to video tape this momentous event when it happens.
T minus 3 days and counting..... Villa Roma