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Xabia Jim 12-18-2006 09:06 AM

What's in your cooking tool chest...
I'm wondering what you recommend for your cooking tools.

I have a large and small peel.

I am going to fabricate and ash rake. Definately a metal bucket for coals.

I'm wondering about a hearth brush??

A wet towel and mop sound like good ideas? for cleaning and steaming...

I do love the digital laser thermometer gun!!

What other standard or specialized tools do you have in your tool chest?

As usual....thanks for your Sage advice...,Jim

pdurkmeier 02-22-2007 08:02 PM

Re: What's in your cooking tool chest...
Dough scraper.

christo 08-03-2007 04:10 PM

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My Bro in law needed a Peel. I personalized one for he and my sister. They seem to name everything, so I gave it the obvious name of Emma....

I made a bubble popper, but so far have only needed it once. It has come in handy for spinning pizza in the oven.

Still need to find a good ash scraper. I made one sorta like a hockey stick that works well but is too flimsy to double as a poker. Revision 2 will be much stronger.


Unofornaio 08-04-2007 09:12 AM

Re: What's in your cooking tool chest...
I remember using a small whisk broom quite a bit to get ash dust from the front of the oven area.

If you don't have lights a good quality clip on light.

If you plan on doing bread a good professional quality hand held spray bottle. You can use this to adhear toppings to the breads (seeds,etc.) and also use it to steam the oven. It also works good if your oven is a little too hot some spray on the hearth will cool it down. If you have a "hot" spot as my first oven did I always hit that area before I equalized the oven. When ever I forgot about this spot it almost always guaranteed the neighbor goats a treat of crunchy to say the least bread...

If you do a lot of bread or just pizza a hearth brush is a good tool. Most restaurant supply stores have em, get brass.

The Dough Scraper suggestion goes with out saying, if your gonna make dough of any kind get a dough scraper..For working with dough the scraper is like a trowel working with masonry you got to have it and a good one makes it much easier on your hands and wrist.

jengineer 08-05-2007 06:57 AM

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yikes the green is hard to see with the background

Unofornaio 08-05-2007 07:17 AM

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Sorry about that I usually preview but didn't this time. That was weird it made my eyeballs freak out.

nissanneill 08-05-2007 03:53 PM

Re: What's in your cooking tool chest...
Don't forget the 'log supports' to make the fire light easier and burn faster.
Yesterday, I needed to give the embers a bit of a boost to increase the oven temp, so put in a little more kindling wood and some small (2"redgum) split hardwood pieces on top of the spent coals and stood a metre back with the leaf blower idling and pointed into the oven floor. Within 10 seconds, it looked a little like a blast furnace inside, a real good way to wake up the fire.
I'm now thinking of mounting a small 12 volt blower (like from a car heater blower) alongside the vent (out of sight), with a variable speed control and a flexible hose to 'kick start' the fire when/if needed.


Unofornaio 08-05-2007 04:23 PM

Re: What's in your cooking tool chest...
Heck forget the wood just use coal, mount the leaf blower instead of the fan and you can forge steel in there...

Yet it slices, dices and chops and its only 19.95 BUT WAIT theres more...

Sorry, forgot your an Aussie you may not know what the slices/dices refers to. Is the tag line for some really old infomercials here in the states. Hopefully you don't have them (infomercials)where you are but probably do..

CALL NOW only 15 min left...right, but how come I see the commercial every night?

Archena 08-05-2007 08:44 PM

Re: What's in your cooking tool chest...
"slices, dices and Julianne fries..." You forgot the fries...

The Roncomatic!

nissanneill 08-05-2007 10:14 PM

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your'e right, I have considered heating up some steel in the coals whilst heating the oven rather than lighting up the forge. I use coke rather than coal in the forge especially when using the blower to get the heat going.
I often have steel to reshape (making crow and jemmy bars from vehicle torsion suspension bars, reshaping crow bars and cold chisels, tempering steel, etc) and get into them with a small sledge hammer on the blacksmith's anvil whilst glowing red.
The log supports that I use in the Pompeii are a lovelly bright red in colour when I pull them out of the oven just prior to coking!
It is as much fun forging steel as it is making pizzas and bread but doesn't taste as good but you sweat a lot more!


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