Over the first 8 days, light a series of small fires to rid the oven of any residual humidity. In the same way, after a long period without use you may need to light one or two small fires before using the oven to cook. Using your oven without the right preparation could seriously damage it.
Choose a type of wood locally available in your region or country. This wood can be soft wood or hard wood, but it must be very dry (Seasoned undercover in a dry environment for at least 18 months to create a less than 20% measured moisture content). Wood should be used in the form of small logs, round or split, 80-90mm (3” – 3,5” inches) in diameter or less.
Never use chemically treated wood.
The oven will quickly reach the desired temperature.
Pyrolisis is complete when the whole inside of the oven has turned white.
At this point the oven has built up enough energy for several hours of cooking.
When the core is heated and the oven interior is white, coals can be left inside, or raked out with an oven “hoe” or scraper, depending on whether live fire or stored heat cooking is planned.
With the coals removed and the door closed, temperatures will equalize inside the oven.
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