The other day a friend offered me the use of her wood-fired oven to bake a loaf. I normally use a cloche inside my regular oven, which does not get that hot, and so was delighted to take up her offer.
She fired up the oven, and then at what seemed to her the appropriate moment, she swept the embers aside and let me slide my sourdough loaf in.
A minute or so later, we decided to check on how things were getting on.
My loaf had burst into flames.
I know what went wrong: she was too enthusiastic about feeding her fire. Also, she later told me that she makes her own bread inside a Dutch oven within the wood-fired oven, which strikes me as a little odd, but what do I know?
My question is: how hot must her oven have been to burn a loaf like that? Any ideas, anyone?