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Old 11-09-2011, 08:16 PM
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Really nice! I am thinking of doing the same and I am just starting to look into how to do it, my last one was made from house bricks dry stacked supporting half an oil drum.

Seeing as you are cooking on the embers is there any need for the fire bricks? Do you cook for much longer after the embers have died? I find my coals do not always last long enough to cook a variety of foods.

Would an ash draw and door cut down the air flow to any significance and finally...

...do you now have a cover for when it rains? If not does the ash get wet and flow?

Cheers!
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:43 PM
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Thanks!

We don't do much heavy cooking on it yet - mostly the occasional couple of steaks and various meats-on-a-sticks. My wife is urging me to build a rotisserie contraption so we can do some Brazillian-style steaks and roast some yummy birds.

I used firebrick simply because I didn't put a lot of thought into it. I just felt like it would be a good material, but I did make sure that they were easily to replace. I'm glad I did use them because quite often after we've cooked, we'll throw some firewood on there and use it as a firepit. We really enjoy the ambience it makes and love the dual purpose the simple little thing is providing for us. I would think the firebrick helps protect the cement and blocks from thermal stress.

I prefer to use mesquite wood coal, and I too find it burns fairly quickly. For the most part, it burns plenty long enough to cook for my wife and I, and I do kinda like the fact that they die-off fairly quickly after we're finished. I think if we were cooking a lot of food or doing a slow rotisserie roast, then care would have to be taken to slowly add fuel at a rate that basically keepd pace with what is expiring, but that's part of the fun right? Fussing with the fire with a beer in one hand...

I was going to build a door with some kind of air control, but have decided not to do it. I really don't think it is necassary and the best way to control the heat is to just move the food either closer or further from the coals. Right now, I'm just using some extra bricks to adjust the height of our grill, but plan to weld some little tubes to the metal frame we have going around the bricks to accomodate the insertion of some other metalwork that will offer a better way to make the height adjustments as required. Haven't really thought it through yet, but will incorporate the rotisserie idea and any other accessories that come to mind.

We don't have a cover for the weather (and it rains a lot here). It doesn't harm the grill, and the ash runs down into the cavity below and accumulates in a baking pan I have down there to help with ash disposal. It really doesn't make a mess. The only mess I can speak to is when you have to scrape out wet ashes from the top of the bricks so you can make a new fire - it can make a mess of whatever you're using to scrape it out with, but rinses easily.


Thanks for the interest, and be sure to post your project as well.

Regards,

Ken Morgan
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:54 AM
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A rotisserie does sound good and firebricks would probably help to cook the food all the way through.

I would like to store firewood under my grill so I will probably have to work something out to keep the ashes and the wood seperate. I want to keep the idea of the ventilation through the bottom of the grill though, that sounds like a vast improvement over my old BBQ.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:33 PM
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Here's a picture of our grill working on some steaks for us.



And then a little later, after we've eaten and just want to relax, it doubles as a firepit



We highly recomend adding a little open-pit grill - you'll just love it.

-The Morgans
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:39 PM
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I like your height adjustment apparatus!

Well it looks like the next shipment of ovens will not get here in time for Christmas, apparently this wood fired oven thing is catching on. Anyway, I will be needing the fire pit now to replace the half oil drum BBQ which is more rust than metal.

Ours is quite close to the wooden fence and we have overhanging trees, it would be nice to have it in a more central location so that we could sit around it but as it is away from the main seating area we probably won't be able to see the fire, unless the fence catches of course.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:40 AM
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I'm currently building a LARGE WFO and have enough space to add a grill On the side. I'm looking for a grill top. I don't weld. Is it possible to order on line a large grate or would it be better to find a local welder to make one for me?
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by jjcharris View Post
I'm currently building a LARGE WFO and have enough space to add a grill On the side. I'm looking for a grill top. I don't weld. Is it possible to order on line a large grate or would it be better to find a local welder to make one for me?
I bought 3 smaller/normal sized ones from a BBQ supplier and just pushed them together, which is ok for making them longer, but no good if you want to make them wider. It does mean I can swap around grills and hotplates.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:15 AM
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Thanks! I think I've solved the problem. I bought two 24x24 grills with legs that can be used individually in the oven too if I want. Best of both worlds.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:11 AM
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Thanks for the inspiration!
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:46 AM
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Beautiful build Morgan family. Love the extra open fire pit. I am in the process of getting my build planned out and saw that you doubled the stand as a retaining wall. Can you please elaborate on any extra steps or details that must be taken into consideration when doing this. I will be retaining approximately 25" of earth behind the stand as the Oven will be going into a slight grade. Thanks for any input.
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