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Hey peter

Peter here as well...great oven mate

love your work

we live in Canberra and no we are NOT bloody public servants or pollies
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:17 PM
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Dear Peter, Neil and others,

Thanks for the positive comments!

I finished the oven in the first week or so in January: Attached the chinmey, applied about 75mm of vermiculite cement mix then about 30mm Mortar over chicken wire and finally finished with a cement slurry with a waterproofing agent and some oxide for colour.

It works a treat.

Braised rabbit, Butterfly leg of lamb, Potatoes with Rosemary and onions,various pizzas, baguettes and no knead bread (just magic flavour and texture) were all cooked at various times.

A bit more insulation would have been better. The oven cools from about 300 degrees C to 150 in about an hour with the insulated door in place, I'm not sure how that compares with others.

The lower part of outside of the oven where there is little insulation gets hot after about an hour but the top of the dome was only warm after 4 hours.

My tools are made from 1.6mm stainless with 40mm hardwood handles and wrought stainless fittings. The coal scoop and pot hook were particularly indispensable, the coir broom didn't melt like the first one I tried. The trowel was handy but not essential.

The tools were my interpretation of those available commercially at:

Slow Food & Handforged Tools - Wood Fired Oven Tools

Given the work involved in making my version his tools are remarkable value!

Here are a few pictures:
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:27 AM
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Looks great Peter.
Can you tell me some more about the chimney and insulated door, please?
I can't believe you built it so fast.
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:20 AM
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Very nice peter!!

The flue selection was great.

Do you have some type of hat for the flue to disperse any rain?
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:57 PM
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I finally finished the oven a few weeks ago.

Finishing touches include the pergola, a stainless steel flue with rain cap and a LED downlight (we only have 12volts)

Photos show the story.

The Food Photo is a Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes and Lemon with Roast Vegetables.

I have to pass on my tip for the best roast veges you will ever cook.

Duck Fat

Give it a try

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A bit more insulation would have been better. The oven cools from about 300 degrees C to 150 in about an hour with the insulated door in place, I'm not sure how that compares with others.
Thats due to all the heat leaking out via the base as you didnt put insulation under the floor, the insulated door wont help.

Mine stays at 300 for around 1 week, thats the difference underfloor insulation makes.

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Sorry, I should have said, it takes a week to cool from 300c to around 100c.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:27 PM
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Thanks Al,

There's about 100mm of vermiculite mix under the floor.

You can see it in the early photos

My plunging temperatures in the early days were probably due to me not firing it up for long enough. 3 hours+ works best for roasting but I can get away with less if I leave the fire in, say for example, pizza

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Old 10-30-2011, 06:31 PM
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But the insulation stops short of the front and side hearth bricks, the heat will find anyway out it can.
Its like a slowly leaking balloon, it will keep leaking until there is equilibrium.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:34 PM
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Peter,when your oven is new it contains lots of water, particularly if you used vermicrete rather than blanket. I'm sure if you keep firing it you will find that the performance improves.
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Nicely done!!
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