I'm new to this site but I have been lurking here for several months. I will start coming back more often as I have, after several years, finally finished my brick oven! I used the plans from http://www.traditionaloven.com. There were a few false starts and mis-steps along the way but I really like the finished product. I have already hosted about a dozen pizza parties and everyone raves about both the pizza and the fun. Personally, I think it's the fact we encourage everyone to toss dough and or build a pizza.
But now I want to start baking bread in my oven. Baking pizza is pretty easy. Get the oven rocket hot. When the char has burned off the inside of the dome, start cooking. But I feel like bread is a whole different animal. Does anyone have any tips on heating up my oven for bread baking?
From what I can tell, slowly is good and patience is important. Allow more time than you think you will need for the heat to equalize when you pull the fire out. Anything else I should look for? Any tips, tricks, or tell tell signs would be welcome.