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blackjack 09-14-2009 01:46 PM

Hello from Chester UK
My name is Geoff Ryall-Harvey. I'm 51 and recently retired to look after our baby daughter as a full time stay at home Dad. My other interest is motor cars; I have a Blackjack Avion trike, a 1955 Ford Anglia with 2 litre Capri running gear and I'm about 75% into the build of a steel 1927 Model T Ford with a huge Pontiac V8 engine. I can post pictures on request if anyone is interested.

We are having a big glass box tacked onto the back of the house and, while the builders are here, decided to have a WFO in the back yard. Sad to say that Jamie Oliver was one of the major inspirations for this - I also enjoy making pizzas, bread, porchetta and other Italian foods.

I've bought a modular oven from a company called Bluestone Water and it will be boxed in using reclaimed bricks from the house alterations and will have a pitched roof - using tiles that will also be reclaimed from the house.

I've been lurking here for a while and have got a lot of very useful information.

ThisOldGarageNJ 10-06-2009 06:43 PM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
Hey Blackjack,,,
How is the oven build coming,, ANy Pics ??

Welcome to the club


blackjack 10-07-2009 03:59 AM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
Everything arrived on Friday - builders are working on it today - should be finished tomorrow or Thursday. It's looking much bigger than we thought it would be!!

ThisOldGarageNJ 10-07-2009 04:10 AM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
great to hear,,, take some pictures for us


blackjack 10-15-2009 01:48 PM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
Oven finished today and I made a small fire in it - it drew well. Had another small fire later and it was better.

I'll do a bigger fire tomorrow and post some pictures.

ThisOldGarageNJ 10-15-2009 02:51 PM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
Hey BlackJack,

CONGRATULATIONS......... I remember how exciting it was


RyH 10-16-2009 04:23 AM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
Hi BlackJack

Welcome to the forum, like you I get a lot out of this group during my oven build last year and also now with new ideas of what to cook. I can seriously say the oven is probably one of the best ideas I've had and we have cooked quite a bit in it from fantastic pizza to roast dinners most Sundays. The flavour is out of this world and it's good to get out in the garden even in our UK weather.
Enjoy the oven and post some pictures.

GianniFocaccia 10-16-2009 08:37 PM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
Welcome Geoff! Would love to see some pics of the Model T! You've joined the best group for ideas in design, building and cooking in wood-fired ovens. I can only imagine what it would be like to come home to a wonderful oven-roasted dinner with all the trimmings after climbing around in one of your famous pots all day! (I'm a caver).

Can't wait for pics,


Faz 10-18-2009 12:39 AM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
Hi Geoff,

Welcome and good luck with your WFO from another Brit!

I'd love to see pics of your WFO but also some pics of your cars - please post some :)


blackjack 12-16-2009 05:32 PM

Re: Hello from Chester UK
A little late- but here they are;

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