Sorry for the late reply... getting over the hangover!! :shock:
The pizza oven was awesome... Took 1 hour to get to 350+ Deg C and highest reading was around about 420 Deg C.
Heat gun helped to get the fire going well and kept the smoke down for the neighbours
First pizza was a learning curve with using my home made pizza peel and hearth brush. I didn't clear enough room on the hearth and had too much coals and ash which lead to slightly sooting and burnt edges. But the pizza still tasted sooooo good.
Bit of a chicken, mushroom, tomato sauce number... nothing fancy for first go incase it went horribly wrong.
We cooked about 8 or 9 pizzas after which everyone had very full bellies!
Mum also made an overnight garlic bread which we cooked in a cast iron camp oven pot which cooked amazing... she was a bit heavy handed on the garlic though :wink:
I am so very pleased with my oven and look forward to doing a lot more cooking in it. I have another pizza party in the next couple of weeks for my Parents and In Laws.
Total build cost was around $500NZ main cost was the Vermiculite and Fireclay which is expensive here in NZ. But it beats $2500 for a pre made oven!
I would like to thank everyone for there motivation, support and input.
Special thanks to Marcus (minesamojito) who's oven motivated me to build mine.
Also forgot to mention... when it was 420 deg C it was only 34 deg C on the outside of the oven. The Night Store Heater ceramic insulation and Vermiculite was doing it's job well.
The under side remained the same temp through out the night... so also the thermal panels and vermiculite was doing it's job.
My mates said I had a grin on my face the whole time I was cooking
Remaining tasks is to get some masonry paint for water proofing and might give it another light skim coat of render as the current is quite rough and bumpy. Also pave around the front of the oven and build a roof for further weather protection.
Will let you know how the next cooking session goes.... again... can't wait...
Pizza!!! That looks awesome mate! Sounds perfect, it takes a while to get used to cooking on the oven, but you've made a great start, love all the pics. Just really happy to see that someone liked my oven enough to give it a go. Look forward to seeing lots of nice pics and recipes from you now! Loving your door too, remember to soak it if you're planning on using it for a long time. Cheers Marcus
Fat Bob - I agree will put some sand in the hearth bricks... I'll do that tomorrow. Thanks for the feedback!
Minesamojito - The oven works great, looks awesome, very easy and quick to build... really what more can you ask for. I soaked the door before I used it and gave it a quick dunk every time I took it out. It's a few off cuts I had lying around but looks OK.
Next oven firing is planned for this weekend... Pizzas...maybe some more interesting toppings and dough recipes this time. Cannyfradock and Minesamojito dough recipes will be used!!
Bread... have to look for some recipes for this, Mum is right into bread making so she is looking forward to doing a few different types.
Roast Meat... Not sure what I'm going to do yet but will search the internet for something.
Brilliant build and thanks for all informative pictures. ...Pizza's look really nice. I'm sure with a little more experience you'll be able to reduce the size of the spent embers giving you more cooking area.
To clear the hearth of the last of the ash on the cooking area, I use a piece of copper piping flattened on one end. Blowing gently on the pipe takes any ash.cinders to the rear of the oven.
Rich, I'd agree with Tony and not use sand, I didn't, and the gaps are so tiny anyway. Also agree with Terry, I make sure the embers are all the way to the back before I cook, I use a wire brush on a wooden pole to clean, but thinking of using a pipe as well. The dough recipe I gave you makes amazing bread too. Try a focaccia in a baking tray with lots of olive oil sea salt and rosemary to start with, delcious. Start off roasting with a chicken or a whole fish, and remember to use foil if it's browning off too quickly. Cheers Marcus
Nice one, copying over, think i'll get round to moving my build across here. So how you finding cooking in your oven then Rich? Look forward to hearing your experiences and can compare notes. Cheers Marcus
webbaldo - It was a fun oven to build and can be done very quickly. I think I built it from start to finish in 1 month!
minesamojito - Cooking on my oven is great fun, I was having a bit of a problem with too much smoke. We live in a residential area and I didn't want to annoy the neighbours. I found the oven worked fine when I first started the oven but got smokey a short time after that. My wood was dry and bark was removed. With a bit of research on the internet, I found I was using too bigger pieces of wood after the initial kindling wood had burnt down. Now I use wood that is cut to about the size of my wrist. With the help of a heat gun (acts like a bellow) and smaller pieces of wood, I can keep the smoke to very low levels. Very Happy!
My oven takes about an hour the get to about 350 deg C with a good fire going. The oven stays really hot for a good hour before it slowly starts to cool down. The oven is still 70 deg the next morning… The night store heather bricks work really well.
To be honest I haven’t used my oven for much more than pizza’s and a few baked potatoes in the left over coals. I need to pull finger and try cooking some different meals in it. Rolled boneless Pork is on special at the local butchers this weekend… May have to be a Roast Pork Sunday Dinner!!
A heat gun? I thought it was you mum's hairdryer. hehehe
Great to see this build on the new forum and many thanks for posting it. Just goes what you can do with recycled materials.
All the best!
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitessimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
talking of hair dryers it would be good to know if that on low and cold gave the same results as I suspect you don't need the heat as much the airflow to get a complete burn and this will lower the un burn particles in the fumes, ie smoke. If it does work better with the hairdryer on cold it will be much cheaper to run leccy wise.