I've been on the fence for quite a while about building a WFO and would like to solicit some input. I've become very happy with my pizzas coming out of my Big Steel Keg. With a couple of mods, I've got a consistent 4 minute bake that produces a pizza I'm very happy with. But, the lure of a WFO is strong and I just love to build things ... I'd likely go with the fornobravo plans for Pompeii oven if I did build.
Cheap to operate, less than $1 of lump coal will produce 6 pizzas
Produces pizzas that I like now
Bottom/top heat is not matched, I need to put a screen under my pizzas after 1.5 minutes cooking.
Very high cool factor
I get to build something!
Easier to handle large parties to bake 10-20 pizzas
Takes up space in the yard
Expensive to operate and acquire wood
Not mobile unless I go with the iron cart base
I'm not sure that I'd even desire to produce the 90-120 second pizzas that many cook with WFOs. One BIG question I have is how hard it is to maintain a WFO temperature at around 650-700 to produce the same pizzas I'm making now, but hopefully with more top browning. Is this reasonably easy to do with a WFO?
Here's a pic of what typical result is with the BSK: