Sue, welcome to the forum. Ain't it great to get a new toy, er, I mean tool
My local hardware store has an oven of similar shape to the one you bought, fire in the lower section, food in the top section, reminds me of a smoker in some ways.
Will be interested in hearing what temps you achieve with your oven, when baking pizza?
Glad you found us.
I've only used the oven a handful of times due to being busy with other things since I bought it. I also haven't had a chance to purchase a temp gauge yet but I'm guessing the temps are really getting up there! I've been able to cook Pizza's in around 3 minutes or so and if anything they could have stayed in slightly less time. Not sure if my higher temps are due to using the Envirologs as a starter or not, they say that the temps are higher than regular wood burns but regardless it's been great. The original owner who brought the oven over from Italy said that if you wanted you can actually put coals on the top area where the pizza cooks too but he never felt there was a need for it and personally never did it. I'm not sure I'd do it either as I like the mess being down below.
So far I've made a few pizza's, chicken, shish kabob, Naan bread, steaks and some roasted veggies. Everything has turned out great although the first few Naan's took a little getting used to.
Maybe this weekend I'll fire it up again. The size and portability of the oven is really just perfect for my needs.