Spring Drying Ritual

Spring arrived and I unwrapped my oven to find the inside pretty much soaked even though the oven was tarped over the winter. I did NOT want to start building big fires for fear that it would be too hot and damage my bricks. Perhaps I’m overly conservative: Others can comment.

What I did was put a space heater in the oven and let it run for an afternoon. The temp got to just a little over 100F.

The result was a nice dry oven. Even so, I built a low fire to further dry it out. This got the oven to a little over 200F.

Viola, ready to cook. What do others do?

I ran an abbreviated version of the initial curing fires. By day 3 I was dry.

Honestly, I just missed burning wood during the no-pizza season.

The little heater is a great idea.