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Badkama 01-01-2009 03:11 PM

44 Gallon Drum Oven
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I cant think of any other way to describe it as it is built around an 44 Gallon drum...

The Oven sits on a base of Besser blocks and a concrete hearth covered in fire clay....The drum was then coated in 5 inches of Fire clay and then a final coat of Clay and concrete mix...

It is unusual..but thats me...unusual:)
My wife would tell you..VERY unusual:)))))

But fun:)))

here are some pics;))))

Badkama 01-02-2009 12:03 PM

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The Finished oven

works great, we had hot bread rolls last night and they were perfect

Pizza night tonight:)

Dutchoven 01-02-2009 02:52 PM

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Incredible, absolutely! Must be scary to fire it though! Post some more pictures of heating up and cooking and such!

Badkama 01-02-2009 03:48 PM

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No not at all, it fires up and burns beautifully

We found it holds the heat really well and cooks just perfectly, must admit I was surprised at how well it works cause I just made the thing as I went a long:)

These pics were as we fired it up to cure the Fire clay...before it got coated in permalite to give it its colour.

Will take some more pics tonight as we indulge in pizza:))

nissanneill 01-03-2009 01:49 AM

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One big advantage of using the 44 gallon (205 litre) drum is you can get two ovens out of the one drum.
I can't see how you could get it to retain heat for baking without a huge semicircular door and a plug for the chimney!
Just goes to show the ingenuity of the Aussie. Reminds me of the Donkey (the name for a half buried 44 gallon drum where you put a fire underneath and covered with earth as an outback hot water service.


dmun 01-03-2009 04:20 AM

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You could improve this design greatly by copying Wiley's steel dome entrance, made from a truck tire rim, which would close down the opening, and venting from there, rather than in the back:
And of course, insulate, insulate, insulate.

But very clever, all the same.

wlively 01-03-2009 08:32 AM

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Very creative! Great ingenuity!

Archena 01-03-2009 01:13 PM

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That's really cool! Very ingenious!

At the risk of sounding like I'm making a pun - I'm not - you could also make a barrel oven that way. I really wanted to experiment with them for bread. Ultimately, assuming that everything goes well, it's a bread oven that I'm most interested in. That would be an interesting way to try it out without going to the expense of building one out brick. (Translation: get someone else to build one out of brick.)

Anyway, Bad, good job!

Onefella 01-06-2009 05:47 AM

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Badkama, I like it.

Badkama 01-28-2010 12:57 PM

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after 12 months or so of using the oven we are really happy with it..we cook just about everything in it these days from pizza.. and bread to roasts ..we have learned the art of smoking the roasts with hickory etc and we are just loving it;)

goes to show what a few hundred bucks will do huh:)

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