Q. How long does it take to heat to cooking temp?
A. Thanks for the question. Brad, it takes about 2-3 hours to reach over 350 degrees.
Q. Is it hard to maintain a consistent temperature?
A. No, it’s well insulated and can maintain a constant temp for a few hours.
Q. Do you use any kind of bellows to help with this?
A. No. The scrap/salvaged wood is placed in the chamber below the oven. The metal drum (which is located in the “bottom of the oven” surrounded by the outer layer of cob) is where we put the wood in to fire up the oven. The heat/smoke is then drawn up to the top of the oven (cooking chamber) through the air chambers along the perimeter of the oven. The hot air circulates around the oven top and eventually leaves through the top pipe (not shown in photo). Once the fire has died down, the pipe is removed and the oven capped with a terra cotta pot filled with clay so there is no heat escaping.