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  • Hello from Chester UK

    My name is Geoff Ryall-Harvey. I'm 51 and recently retired to look after our baby daughter as a full time stay at home Dad. My other interest is motor cars; I have a Blackjack Avion trike, a 1955 Ford Anglia with 2 litre Capri running gear and I'm about 75% into the build of a steel 1927 Model T Ford with a huge Pontiac V8 engine. I can post pictures on request if anyone is interested.

    We are having a big glass box tacked onto the back of the house and, while the builders are here, decided to have a WFO in the back yard. Sad to say that Jamie Oliver was one of the major inspirations for this - I also enjoy making pizzas, bread, porchetta and other Italian foods.

    I've bought a modular oven from a company called Bluestone Water and it will be boxed in using reclaimed bricks from the house alterations and will have a pitched roof - using tiles that will also be reclaimed from the house.

    I've been lurking here for a while and have got a lot of very useful information.
    Last edited by blackjack; 09-15-2009, 02:11 PM.

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    Re: Hello from Chester UK

    Hey Blackjack,,,
    How is the oven build coming,, ANy Pics ??

    Welcome to the club



    • #3
      Re: Hello from Chester UK

      Everything arrived on Friday - builders are working on it today - should be finished tomorrow or Thursday. It's looking much bigger than we thought it would be!!


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        Re: Hello from Chester UK

        great to hear,,, take some pictures for us



        • #5
          Re: Hello from Chester UK

          Oven finished today and I made a small fire in it - it drew well. Had another small fire later and it was better.

          I'll do a bigger fire tomorrow and post some pictures.


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            Re: Hello from Chester UK

            Hey BlackJack,

            CONGRATULATIONS......... I remember how exciting it was



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              Re: Hello from Chester UK

              Hi BlackJack

              Welcome to the forum, like you I get a lot out of this group during my oven build last year and also now with new ideas of what to cook. I can seriously say the oven is probably one of the best ideas I've had and we have cooked quite a bit in it from fantastic pizza to roast dinners most Sundays. The flavour is out of this world and it's good to get out in the garden even in our UK weather.
              Enjoy the oven and post some pictures.


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                Re: Hello from Chester UK

                Welcome Geoff! Would love to see some pics of the Model T! You've joined the best group for ideas in design, building and cooking in wood-fired ovens. I can only imagine what it would be like to come home to a wonderful oven-roasted dinner with all the trimmings after climbing around in one of your famous pots all day! (I'm a caver).

                Can't wait for pics,



                • #9
                  Re: Hello from Chester UK

                  Hi Geoff,

                  Welcome and good luck with your WFO from another Brit!

                  I'd love to see pics of your WFO but also some pics of your cars - please post some



                  • #10
                    Re: Hello from Chester UK

                    A little late- but here they are;


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                      Re: Hello from Chester UK


                      do you have anymore on the 'net anywhere? picasa album? flicker etc?

                      My 2nd Build:
                      Is here


                      • #12
                        Re: Hello from Chester UK

                        I've got some stuff on Myspace -

                        Geoff's My Photos Photo Album - MySpace Photos

                        Also I'm on The HAMB - the Trad Hot Rod Forum - also as blackjack.

                        Hokey Ass Message Board - THE H.A.M.B.

                        If you PM me with your address I can send you a CD with hundreds of my car pics from over the years - hot rods, classics and kit cars.


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                          Re: Hello from Chester UK

                          Nice pictures..good to see them
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