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jefekefe's picture

Doors and WFO bread

Hi friends,

Some have asked for some pictures of my oven and door.  So, here you go...

I LOVE baking bread in this thing, almost more than I do pizza.  Yesterday's batch came out nice, but I noticed that only the ones that I really pushed in the oven got the hard crust I was aiming for.  I think I may have overdone it with the steam (cast iron skillet with water, plus mister).  Is there any way to have to much steam?  Is that the cause of my softer, yet dark crust?  Thanks for the help!  Love this forum!



SylviaH's picture

during the last few minutes of baking.  Unfortunately, I think everyone's crust tends to loose it's crisp hard crunch after not to long on the shelf.  Baking the loaves long enough to get the crumb a little drier maybe leaving the breads in the oven for several minutes with door off...helps bake some of the moisture out of the crumb, which can release into the crust and softens it.  Removing the steam apparatus and leaving the door open for a few minutes to let the excess steam out...when the door is replaced the oven should bring the stored heat right back, unlike an indoor oven that looses that heat and has to be reheated.  Just some suggestions, hope they help.

BTW...your breads look just beautiful!




polo's picture

Beautiful oven and bread. Totally agree with Sylvia, removing the door for the last 5 minutes or so will crisp up the crust.

Roo's picture

Your oven is beautiful as is your door.  Can you show us the back side of yout door?  Also your breads look amazing.

Next bread bake use only the mister to steam your oven, load your bread, mist place the door, after 5-7 minutes open the door for a 30 seconds or so and then replace the door for the remainder of the bake. 

jefekefe's picture

Thanks for the encouragement!  Here are a couple of pix of the inside of the oven door.  I used metal, a piece of Isokern (precast insulation), metal, and wood.  We'll see if it lasts!

gingk's picture

Your oven is beautiful, and it sounds like you're really enjoying it!   We are planning to build one too.     Your bread looks great.

JoshuaFinancial's picture

what a beautiful setup!  products look great.  your door is one of the best built I've seen.  congratulations on a model wfo and your skills!

rayven's picture

Just unique sophisticated door, looks like a church structure.


ciabatta's picture

Beautiful oven and bread. i hope to have a setup like that some day.  

The Bread Stone Ovens Company's picture
The Bread Stone...

Your oven build in general looks excellent, great choice in design. If for some reason the door doesn’t work out, I build brick ovens for a living and use cast iron doors you can take a look at on my website. Hope it works out though, beautiful door finish.


May you do much wood fired baking/cooking! 



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