Oven the weekend, I went over to a friends house - we grew up together in Africa many years ago (makes me sound so old).
As he's leaving the country, he dug up an old pizza oven to celebrate; these were the ovens that we used as kids in Africa.
They are made out of recycled metal (usually oil drums or calcium carbonate cans); and cook a pizza in about 3 minutes.
The concept is very simple so I'll let the pictures do the talking. (note that we are using trays only because we had people who were vegetarian and were freaking out at the idea of cooking meat pizza and veggie pizza on the same floor. Normally, the pizza would go straight onto the hot metal which would form a nice crust)
Can you believe such a simple drum can make a relatively complex oven, it also sounds like you had a barrel of laughs, meating the demands of the veterinarians. I don't think I am as good at the puns as your good self tho.
I always thought there was a subtle hint in the term topping with regards to where you place the meat or any other item on a pizza.
Lovely looking oven tho, such a simple idea and love the fact its put to maximum use so you can cook multiple pizza or breads at one time.
It is a very simple idea - on top there is also a grill/tripod that can be added if you wish to use pans (way too hot to BBQ) - that's what those tabs on top are. It would be quite unstable to add a second one on top (that whole thing is a single unit).
We use the top to get coals going before moving them down - that way the pizza doesn't end up smoked
Turkey - not sure about bread, being all (thin) metal, it cools down quite quickly once the coal is out. Pitta-type stuff, sure; but anything thicker I think it may be either too hot or too cold. Worth trying though (he's leaving it with his family here - so I may cheekily ask to borrow it while I build my oven )
He did mention that he saw a place near Edgeware selling them for £70-£80... may ask exactly where....
While we used them in Gambia, my understanding is that they came from Kenya originally...
Great pics.......I always love seeing these ovens from different corners of the world made from......oil drums .....or anything, people can get their hands on. One of the most fascinating builds I have followed from start to finish is an American missionary in Uganda, trying to build a clay oven for her village/commune. Due to contaminated soil from sanitary ignorance, the soil/clay in the region was deemed not safe, so she built her oven from termite bi-products.....Janine's thread on FB is worth a look www.fornobravo.com/forum/f3/hello-uganda-7728.html
p.s I have always been interested in the history of "The Gambia".....a country which seems to exist around the exploits of it's river, but is enclosed .....apart from it's coastline, by another country......Senegal.
Gambia and Senegal are often called Senegambia; at the end of the day, the political boundaries were drawn up by the British and French colonialists - nothing more. There are tribes who have the same family names on either side of the border, speak the same tribal language; the only difference is that one speaks English and one speaks French in addition to that...
A very peaceful set of countries, in a region that is otherwise quite unstable really...