When initially firing your oven, it is very important that the oven is heated gradually. Small hairline fractures may occur as normal expansion and contraction of the oven takes place.
These can be reduced by curing and using the oven as directed.
These units have been designed as ovens and not as wood fires, therefore it is imperative that the oven that do not exceed 450 degrees centigrade internal temperature.
An appropriate fire extinguisher should be ready at all times with an understanding of its operation and use. It is recommended that the operator be trained in the use of wood fire oven such as run by W.E.A.
Ensure the oven is not over loaded with fire wood and that burning logs cannot roll. Commonsense is to be applied to this oven as with other wood or gas fired appliances, due to intense heat. The efficiency of the oven depends on the quality of the wood used. Only dried hard wood should be used. If the wood is not dried the fire will produce excessive smoke and will be difficult to get the oven up to temperature. Soft wood should only be used to start the oven due to resins being released during burning.
DO NOT USE TREATED TIMBER AT ANY TIME.
Curing Oven Instructions:
DAY 1: Initially fire up a pile of charcoal beads, around 20cm diameter, so that it burns a consistent low, small flame, for 24 hours— toping up beads to keep the oven heated at the same temperature.
DAY 2/3: Grow the pile of charcoal beads from 20cm diameter to 22cm diameter, as per the previous day—ensuring the oven doesn’t cool down.
DAY 4/5: Grow the pile of beads to a diameter of 30cm, keeping the same even temperature throughout the oven. Do not let the flame touch the inside surface of the oven for the first 72 hours—this ensures all moisture is dried out and equalized.
DAY 6: Final Day! Keep adding the heat beads to increase the temperature of the oven. Towards the end of the day, add wood logs, that are approximately the size of half a usual house brick, so that your oven gets hot enough to cook pizzas. You can tell you have reached that temperature by observing the inside surface of the oven is near white in colour. Your oven is now cured!
You will find the oven perform better over the next two or three times you use it.
The insulation on the timber door is water soluble and should not get wet.
If leaving the oven out in the exposed weather special precaution are required please phone to discuss what will be your best option.(by far keeping the oven undercover is the best solution)