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Baking in a Soapstone Fireplace

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Noche

Baking in a Soapstone Fireplace

Has anyone tried to bake in their soapstone, like regular, fireplace?

I could get mine to 300 degrees outside, don't know how hot it is inside but hotter and pull the coals out. It takes it 30 to 45 minutes to heat up and for ever to cool off but I don't know if it would be the correct temperature.

Seems like they take the real ovens to 700 and let them cool to 500 and bake.

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I pulled an unused irrigation riser last year when my pipe broke that feeds it. It's just laying there. I was wondering if I could get my neighbor's backhoe and have him dump it by my house and I could use it for a base for a bread oven or, it has a 26 inch inside diameter, make an oven out of it somehow? I could cut a doorway into it, it is about five foot tall, cap it and surround it with clay and make a smoke exit. With twenty years of water running thru it during the summer I would double check the integrity. It appears not to be crumbly at all.