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Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« on: May 23, 2013, 02:51:26 PM »
Like many here the lure of WFOs predominates. I have read about Omid's smoke issues and his neighbors. I am wondering if in general a WFO can be used in a traditional neighborhood without creating objectionable smoke or a visit from the fire dept.
Is smoke production on fireup based at all on the oven size? Are some WFOs better designed to keep the smoke to a liveable level?
If you care to share your experience I would appreciate it.
 
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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013, 04:34:10 PM »
Hi Mark,

I would say there is 2 important factors:
- a good quality oven with a good airflow
- dry wood

My experience is that the smoke is visible the first 10 minutes or so then as the temp climb, it burns completely clean, no smoke, as the combustion is more complete.

If your wood is wet, I would say then the smoke may be a bit much the first 20 to 30 minutes but after that it will burn clean no matter what, ... , unless you put green wood with leafs  :-D

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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2013, 04:42:18 PM »
Makes sense. Thank you. So what about the 1st 10 minutes? If the wind is blowing to my next door neighbors house? Considering one is using dry wood and a stove with good airflow.


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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2013, 05:00:35 PM »
Take a pizza over occasionally, that is what I do.  I generally get smoke for about 10 minutes, then none.  But then, I burn my leaves in my firepit too.

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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2013, 05:42:01 PM »
This is America isn't it?  8)
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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2013, 05:58:44 PM »
This is America isn't it?  8)

It was when I woke this AM, but who knows now. They got me locked in this basement and I haven't heard nary a word from the outside.
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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013, 06:36:56 PM »
It was when I woke this AM, but who knows now. They got me locked in this basement and I haven't heard nary a word from the outside.
Dude, Roos isn't trapped down there with ya too I hope!  ??? That would be sooo un American man.  >:(
« Last Edit: May 23, 2013, 06:43:25 PM by Chicago Bob »
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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2013, 07:49:43 PM »
Dude, Roos isn't trapped down there with ya too I hope!  ??? That would be sooo un American man.  >:(

Nope, he's guarding the new cook shack (under construction), while Mick, the beagle, supervises.
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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2013, 08:01:34 PM »
America...I don't go sniffing around the neighborhood and whining like a 'lil pansy every time I smell burgers/chicken burning on some dumb a$#@'s over char-coaled, starter fluid drenched smoking grill...so why  sweat the small stuff man  ???   Free your mind and enjoy these days...
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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2013, 11:47:17 PM »
There is nothing to complain about if there is some smoke escaping from your oven for 10 minutes. To me it is a better smell that the neighbors who BBQ with charcoals, put too much liquid starter and it smells for an hour.

I usually get complains that the smell from the pizza or bread was so good and I didn't bring them any  :-D
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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2013, 10:09:43 AM »
Only problem I have with neighbors is keeping them away!  But every once in awhile a stray neighbor brings over some libations so it really is not that bad.

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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2013, 09:02:50 PM »
I run my smoker every weekend from last frost to first freeze and don't get any complaints from the neighbors. Then again I don't live where every mailbox has to be the same and you cant paint your house without permission.
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Re: Considering a WFO, scarred of the smoke and neighbors
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2013, 09:05:00 PM »
I run my smoker every weekend from last frost to first freeze and don't get any complaints from the neighbors. Then again I don't live where every mailbox has to be the same and you cant paint your house without permission.
Amen brother... ::)
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