Old 11-20-2008, 02:53 PM
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:27 PM
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Default Re: Toms Oven In Nanyuki

To answer a few questions

We're in Nanyuki Kenya which is about 3 hours drive north of Nairobi and is located slightly West of Mount Kenya. Nanyuki has about 30,000 people in the town and another 100,000 or so in the surrounding areas.

The oven is mainly for fun (I needed a project to keep me busy) and we seem to fire it up about once every two weeks for a pizza session followed by a bread session. We're still getting up the nerve to try roasting things after the bread (We're planning to try a Turkey for thanksgiving).

Sourcing materials was fairly straightforward. There are several brick factories near Nairobi and one of them had some "fire bricks" from a large kiln project that they had been involved with a few years ago. Just about everything else (sand, gravel, cement, fire clay, lime, vermiculite etc was available from local hardware shops). The only thing we missed out on was any sort of mass produced insulation. Instead, we just covered the brick dome with 6 inches of vermiculite mix and then covered that with a blue coloured stucco finish.

We're currently experimenting with various peels and other oven tools.


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