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siricktiq 05-14-2008 02:50 AM

Greeting from Tinian
First off thank you Forno Bravo for putting this site together.

I am from the island of Tinian, located about 100 miles north of Guam. I am interested in making my own oven for sometime now. And with the price of fuel on the rise ($5.00 a gallon here) and electricity. I have decided to start constructing my first oven this year. So what I am really interested in is reading all the info that is on this site.

Once again thank you to Forno Bravo and all who have contributed to this site.

Frances 05-14-2008 05:37 AM

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Gosh, that's certainly a new location!

If firewood is plentiful where you are, that's a really good reason for building an oven - and they're lovely to cook in.

When you build, could you please post lots of pictures? ... Because that's the closest a lot of us are ever going to get to your part of the world!

Good luck with your build!

dmun 05-14-2008 07:08 AM

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My Father spent the Second World War on the island of Tinian.

Hopefully it's improved since the 1940's. He didn't have much of anything good to say about the experience.

Welcome to Forno Bravo. Lots to learn. Don't hesitate to ask questions.

Wiley 05-14-2008 09:50 AM

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Welcome Siricktiq,
My Father spent time there as well, he was part of a ground crew for B-29s. He collected the operculum from a local shell and made earrings for my Mom. They were different than most operculums in that they had a center of green and were surrounded by red/orange. About 5/8 " diameter and looked pretty cool compared to the operculums of most shells. I could never find a comparable in my 3+ years in the SP. Are you familiar with this shell? It may have been local to the Marianas. So are the Marianas still "Trust Territory of The Pacific Islands"?

What sort of material are you considering building your oven out of? Most of us have a somewhat easier access to building supplies. Do you get supplies via ship or mostly by air?


siricktiq 05-14-2008 09:48 PM

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We are a US Commonwealth. We have a shell similar to the one that you mentioned but without the green color. I found one that was red/orange that measured 3"x 3".

For the oven I would like to make one big enough to roast a small pig. Has anyone tried this, but the main reason will be to get off the utility grid and pizza. We have an endless amount of firewood and it is free. :) I will be using firebrick that I got when an old sugarcane refinery was demolished. The only set backs that I for see right now is getting the additives for the cement to withstand high heats. Can't find it here at out local hardware store. Anyone has any ideas on wear to get the additives.

I will post pictures once I get started. Right now I am in the reading and planning stage.


dmun 05-15-2008 05:30 AM

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We're hearing from various parts of the world about the difficulty of getting fireclay. You may need to bite the bullet and import some. What are you using for insulation?

gjbingham 05-15-2008 08:16 AM

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I'd agree with dmun - import. You'd guess fireclay or Heatstop 50 would be available somewhere in Guam.

dmun 05-15-2008 09:50 AM

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There's a problem in hot climates - they don't have a culture of masonry fireplaces, which drives these materials to brickyards. Here in the northeast US, any self-respecting house has a real fireplace. Just look in the real estate ads - WBF is one of the most common abbreviations. I don't think that's true in the South Pacific.

jengineer 05-15-2008 10:17 AM

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Wow My dad in the 80s spent a few months in Guam Tinian & Saipan. Bautiful areas. Somehow some snakes got introduced in the area and some of the local birds were having problems with them.

Anyone know the insulating properties of crushed coral?

Wiley 05-15-2008 11:17 AM

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OK, This is the long way round but not knowing exactly how hard or expensive it is to get materials to Tinian Island and not knowing how much of a DIY person our new member Si-Rick is.... He could try this as a way to get cheap refractory cement. Burn coral, coral is almost pure calcium carbonate. This will produce a product that when crushed becomes lime. Mix this product with water and it becomes slaked lime. Mix this with finely crushed firebricks should produce a useable refractory grout for the construction of the WFO. Not super hightemp but good to over 1000 F and mixed with crushed firebrick I suspect a suitable alternative to importing Heatstop.

Here's a link to the Wiki site where one can follow what I've suggested:
Calcium oxide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

During the time I spent in the islands I gained a strong admiration for the ability of the locals to improvise.


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