We fired up our newly built WFO for its first bake yesterday! After about 45 min the roof directly above the fire was white and measuring about 1000 degrees, the floor about 750 (close to the fire, further away it was colder). I kept the fire going for another 45 minutes and the hot spot got a bit larger. We knew we wouldn't have time to heat soak the floor properly so the fire was placed to the side (ref picture). When it was time to bake we shuffled the coals to the other side and maintained a small fire there. We had prepared three pies that we then cooked. I didn't time them but I'm guessing maybe 3 minutes for the first one. The temp of the floor dropped about 150 degrees from first to last.
Although I know we have a long way to go this is a picture of our very first attempt. It was great!
Now, next time I need to get everything really hot! So here are a few questions...
- Should I take it easy in the beginning for any reason or do you just go at it full throttle?
- Do you all build a big fire in the center like discussed in this thread? I was thinking about making one big one to one side and a medium fire opposite. Bad idea?