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    I found a picture of an ash and coal rake from an 18th century technical encyclopedia from France Circa 1750.

    They had a plate that showed a Baker's Rooker.

    So I adapted the design and materials and came up with the items shown in the pics attached. I had enough steel to make two. One long for reaching way back and one for up front work and scraping into a dust pan.

    Material:

    1 each 1 1/4 in X 1/8 in X 8 feet steel strap
    1 each 1x1 x 36 in hardwood dowel
    2 each -1/4 x 1 in bolt with nut and washer

    Overall it is 54 inches
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    Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

    Some things you just can't improve on. Nicely done!

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      Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

      This is a plate from a 1730's encyclopedia from France. Different equipment used in a bake shop. I also posted this on the fire starting thread.
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        Thanks for the post. I can see where it would work. I'll be trying one out for myself, real soon .
        I don't care what folks say behind my back........They are either braggin' or.......lyin'

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        • #5
          Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

          Is spring steel the same as strap steel? I would be interested in fabricating these also.
          jon
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            Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

            Originally posted by kanoer54 View Post
            Is spring steel the same as strap steel? I would be interested in fabricating these also.
            jon
            I used flat weldable steel, not spring steel. You should be able to pick it up at any metal retailer or hardware store.

            Did the pics from the 18th century help?

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              Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

              I have some "mild steel" stock that would be easy to work with. After your original post, I had tried to Google "French oven tools", "rooker" etc. But, could not find it. The pic form the 18th century encyclopedia is golden .

              Thanks again,
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              • #8
                Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

                Try this video on YouTube. It shows a rooker in action.
                Baked Beans - 18th Century Cooking Series at Jas Townsend and Son - YouTube

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                • #9
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                  Yes, this helps a lot. I will be looking into this further once the weather warms up here. I definitely need a tool which can satisfy these needs. Thanks for the info on these rookers!!!

                  jon
                  jon

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                    Thank's Michael,
                    This link that you pm'd did show a lot more of the rooker. It will definately be in my line up for the "first team" of tools .

                    Edit: Jas Townsend is a little deep for me on his historical reinactments and such but, he has a lot of great WFO videos and some very interesting history tied to his recipes!

                    Thank's again,
                    Joe
                    Last edited by Gulf; 03-26-2014, 05:55 PM.
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                      Navyintel,
                      I finally got around to throwing one together this morning.

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                      It is a little wider bladed than usual. I went out to my cold and presumably "clean" oven to try it out. I easily raked out another 5 or 6 tablespoons of ash hiding in the corners. The shape of these things make it much easier to rake the very back. The hoe I was using did not get to that area real well. It is also much easier to rake the blind spots just the sides of the arch. The rooker is a great little tool and, very easy to build.

                      Thanks for the idea .
                      Last edited by Gulf; 04-27-2014, 01:52 PM.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

                        G'day Gulf
                        That looks the part. I'm warming to this tool more and more as time goes on.
                        I recon if I can find some steel to suit I'm going to make myself one. My oven entrance protrudes into the oven floor and I recon there's ash in those corners from the first fire!
                        I've put away some 1 1/4 in hard wood stock away for the handle already. It will plane and sand up well.
                        Regards dave
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                          This rooker seems to be an interesting tool, and getting some good reports. I have been using this curved bladed tool to move the fire around the oven and remove ash and coals etc. It is made of aluminium sheet and is a little less than 3" across the blade. It works both left and right handed and I use it to both push and drag ash and coals. As you can see it is a front line tool.
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                            Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

                            Gulf's tool looks great. The design has the final metal at 90 degrees and straight, not curved. This makes 100% of the coals in contact with the tool regardless of the handel angle. Good job.

                            Michael

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                              Re: Rooker - what was old is now new

                              Originally posted by Greenman View Post
                              This rooker seems to be an interesting tool, and getting some good reports. I have been using this curved bladed tool to move the fire around the oven and remove ash and coals etc. It is made of aluminium sheet and is a little less than 3" across the blade. It works both left and right handed and I use it to both push and drag ash and coals. As you can see it is a front line tool.
                              G'day Steve
                              How thick is that blade? I have some aluminum which is 2.5 mm thick that might make a good rooker if it stiff enough. I like aluminium ...less likely to wear an chip the oven
                              Regards dave
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