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spare the air

waldito Jan 18, 2013 12:31 AM

Today is our 5th 'spare the air' day this winter. Wood burning is prohibited in both residences and businesses.

I've had this question for a while: what do our fine wood-fired pizza places do on these days? I presume they flew under the radar for many years, but the current media articles make it sound like enforcement is more vigorous now.

So I suppose you would make sure that your wood-burning pizza oven also has a gas-only option. And, from the chowhound point of view, it would make it interesting to compare the gas-fired pizza on Thursday with the (hopefully) wood-fired on Friday at the same establishment. Any data or thoughts?


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  1. Civil Bear RE: waldito Jan 18, 2013 06:24 AM

    Wood burning ovens and BBQ's are permitted on Spare the Air days.

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      Andrew H RE: waldito Jan 18, 2013 01:20 PM

      Civil bear is correct, the citizens can freeze but the fennel, raddichio, raspberry compote wood fired pizza (with sea urchin foam) must not be hindered,. Selah!

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      1. re: Andrew H
        Robert Lauriston RE: Andrew H Jan 18, 2013 01:25 PM

        Nobody has to freeze, if your only source of heat is wood you're exempt.

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          Civil Bear RE: Andrew H Jan 18, 2013 01:29 PM

          If you want to get warm just fire up Weber and throw on a couple of eggplants. You'll get toasty along with some outstanding baba ganoush to boot!

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            wolfe RE: Civil Bear Jan 18, 2013 01:44 PM

            Outdoors please.

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