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pjk 10-29-2007 04:35 AM

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Hi All,

Well I've sort of started the oven project. As mentioned in my intro a few weeks ago, I bought a heap of firebicks, mortar, insulating boards and blankets, etc.. I'm still planning, what I'll finally build, and have been enjoying all the info I'm collecting on this great site. I know that I should have planned first, and then bought, but I always figured it will all get used somewhere.

Anyway, I've laid a base pad, decided it was too small and have since put a couple of extra footers either side. Yep, ass about again, but all fun.

Thanks to this site I also read about the one hour oven, and so I decided that I'd use a few (about 180) of the solid reds that I'd collected and put one together. Figured it would be good to have it around while I build the taj. I've fired it up a couple of times and it works great, so I can only imagine what a real one will be like. Cooked a few pizzas at asbout two minutes each, and have done a few trays of ribs, lamb cutlets, and a pork roast. Bloody fantastic.

A couple of pictures attached, maybe, I'm not sure it's going to work. One of the construction zone, one of the one hour oven firing up (forgot food picture), and one of the local wildlife that got too close to the house and young children.

Should have plans worked out in the next week or so I think. I'll keep reading and learning.


christo 10-29-2007 06:02 AM

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Looks like you are off ot a great start!

1. Trial oven
2. Finished the pad and had a beer
3. and it looks like you've put a lawyer out of his misery

Have fun!


mastergene 10-29-2007 04:07 PM

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i hope its not a mamba! They dont like pizza I hear!:eek:

dusty 10-29-2007 04:23 PM

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Let the fun begin! Looks like a perfect setting for your project.
I'm glad I didn't hear of the "one hour oven" before I started. I would be tempted to call it good.

asudavew 10-29-2007 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by dusty (Post 18316)
Let the fun begin! Looks like a perfect setting for your project.
I'm glad I didn't hear of the "one hour oven" before I started. I would be tempted to call it good.

Then how would you cook the whole pig?

Peter, it is good to see you have started.

How well does that one hour oven work?

dusty 10-29-2007 05:59 PM

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Might have to take an extra hour and rebuild it around the critter.

Acoma 10-29-2007 09:09 PM

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Dave, the pig would be the one hour rotisserie.
Peter, you dog. To have so much land, and snakes to cook. It is great to see that you have realized early how important each step is, with each one building on the last.

pjk 10-30-2007 04:31 AM

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the feedback.

Christo, read me like a book.

Mastergene, no, not a mamba, just an aussie copperhead, about #4 in australian most venomous and #11 in the world. Bloody pain in the backside, a couple every year, and they give me the creaps.

Dusty, yep I have a great setting, and want to make a nice area next to the house once I get it all done. Big granite boulders up the back of the block, I'll catch one in an update photo at some stage.

Asudavew, the one hour oven works pretty good, but obviuously doesn't hold heat for a long time without any mortar. I just double skinned it, offset stacking solid reds. I put a gauge in it, and it topped out over the 550F that the guage goes up to, but then it cools pretty quick back down below 300F once the fire dies down and you start cooking. Good for 3 or 4 small pizzas at 2 - 4 minutes each, and then sit a couple of trays of meat for 45 mins or so. Taste is great. I'm having a bit of a cook in it next weekend, so will try to remember to take a couple more photos. It makes you pretty excited about how a real one will work, espeacially if you are using firebricks. Having said that, I could see that a well constructed oven using only solid reds, heat mortar, and good insulation would also do a good job for the casual home cook.

Acoma, feel free to come and get a few snakes, plenty about. Prefer a bit of kangaroo myself.


Mark CH 11-01-2007 07:21 PM

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G'day Peter,

I realised you were an Aussie when I read the quote "...Bloody fantastic"! I look forward to seeing your progress. BTW where did you get your bricks 'n stuff from and how much? I'm still in the planning stages but would be keen to get some pointers.

Bacterium 11-02-2007 03:36 AM

Re: Started, sort of about skewered snake in the 1 hour oven..... :rolleyes:
seriously though the 1 hour oven is a top idea to get you motivated

Keyneton is a nice spot....I own at the Bushland resort.....will be watching for those characters next time......we just mainly get the brown snakes here....the buggers even show up in the river.

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