Last night I had a lot of problems with burning, more than usual. My oven is a very efficient low-dome and runs hot on the floor, so I've always had to manage it carefully. Yesterday I heated the oven for about 9+ hours before cooking, and did not remove coals so had a huge coal bed. I'm guessing that was a big part of the problem. I know I used too much bench flour on some, and that was an issue for a few.
But the pattern I seem to have repeatedly is that the first pizza is the best of the night, and the second one is okay, and the rest seem downhill from there. I'm sure some of that is in my head, because of course the first one tastes the best when you're hungry, etc... But I definitely also have more trouble with burning as the night goes on, which seems opposite what I would expect. And I find the crust less tender after the first one, maybe two, pizzas - more dry on the surface, stiffer and less soft. The first pizza is almost like naan, soft and tender and perfect, and then next one is less so, and so on. Then I start having issues with burning. Usually I chalk this pattern up to the dough window - I figure the dough is at it's best when I start and then continues to ferment, becoming overblown and therefore burning, as the cooking continues. But last night was really cool and it still happened. The dough last night felt good, handled well, and was not overblown, so I don't think that was the issue, and I had really bad issues with burning after the first couple. Which was probably exacerbated by the huge coal bed, but clearly that's not the whole issue.
My dough is a straight Neapolitan 100% Caputo dough, 60% HD, IDY, sometime I vary the HD up or down 1-2%. Last night's dough was a 24 hour room-temp - because it was cool (~50F overnight) I left it in bulk for about 18 hours and then balled and in trays for about 6 hours. Usually I do closer to 12 hour bulk and then ball and into fridge until a couple hours before cooking. It was only about 60-65F in the house when I was cooking, so the dough stayed pretty stable.
Anyone have any ideas?