Adam declared today to be his oven-baking day. He started early, heating it up. At its maximum temp, it was about 700 degrees.
He finally came up with a door solution. This is actually a panel door from his tool box. The handle makes it easy to use (with an oven mitt), and metal holds the heat in the oven, and since it isn't wood, it doesn't burn up like earlier doors.
I'm having a LOT of trouble with the pics on this post! All that to say, that clay owl up there is Julia's of course. When Adam heats up his oven, she digs up some clay and figures out what she wants to make-and-bake. When Adam was ready to empty the fire, wood, and ashes from his oven, he just shoveled them over into the fire pit. I ripped up my tired tomato plants from the patio, and burned them in it.