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Frances 11-07-2007 09:14 AM

Pompeii Grill in Switzerland
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This is what I've been doing when I couldn't work on my oven, just using up the left overs. I'm completely making it up as I go along, but the idea is simply to have a place to light fires or put the coals from the oven, and grill the odd sausage. I'm a bit intimidated by the other bbq/grill discussions going here :o , but anyway here it is...

asudavew 11-07-2007 09:41 AM

Re: Pompeii Grill in Switzerland
I can't see it very well.

Does it have an opening in the middle?

How are the fires going?

Frances 11-08-2007 12:03 AM

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Hmm, you're right, its not the clearest of pictures is it? I'll post more when I get a bit further along ...

This is just the stand for the grill. It does have a hole in the middle, which is currently covered by the beginning of the support for a concrete slab. I've got a hood and chimney for it already, so all that's missing are the bits inbetween :). The only thing I know for sure so far, is that it will have a brick arch as opening, just like the one on the oven but bigger.

jeff 01-10-2008 06:01 AM

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This is five months too late,but may be worth a thought.
We use a 20L ss pressure tank from a water supply system as a "grill/oven", both at home and when travelling. Brilliant for two.
When we build next wfo, we will most certainly build in a "Grill Pit", probably a cut-down 9kg gas bottle; maybe an old ss laundry tub.. Ultra important to have control of both air supply and exhaust. This allows temperature control comparable to electric stoves.
I shan't waste web space with details, but am happy to help off-forum.
Hope it's all good,

Frances 01-23-2008 12:53 AM

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Hey Jeff, I didn't notice this here. The grill hasn't progressed any further at all, as I'm basically shut down for Winter. :(

But once Spring comes, and once I'm finished with the WFO (like in a year or three) I'll get back to this. What I plan to do is have a simple wood fired grill. We have such fun lighting fires in the woods and grilling saussages on them, that I decided we need to be able to do that at home. But its all a bit low tech I'm afraid.

Thanks for the input anyway!

Frances 04-05-2008 09:36 AM

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I poured the "hearth" bit... thing, concrete slab on this today (do grills have hearths?). With the framing adhering to my favourite it'll-hold-if-you-use-enough-duct-tape school of thought. I'm a devoted deciple, in case you hadn't noticed...

Frances 04-05-2008 09:38 AM

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My long-suffering husband was already congratulating himself on the last sack of concrete safely carried up to our house...

So then THIS happened: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Frances 04-05-2008 09:39 AM

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:confused: ...maybe I didn't use enough duct tape? :confused:

Some master builder, eh?

james 04-05-2008 09:40 AM

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Did you hear the report where they tested duct tape, and basically said that it is great for about 100 different tasks? Everything except holding metal duct together, where it does a really bad job. Too funny.

Frances, do you have drawings for your grill? I would enjoy hearing how you are handling grill height, air draw for charcoal, venting, etc.

How high are you shooting for the hearth? Lower than the oven?


Frances 04-05-2008 09:50 AM

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Wow, that was one fast answer!

Sorry James, no plans or anything. I'm really playing it by ear and making it up as I go along. I can't seem take a mere grill seriously after building the Pompeii :o ... well maybe a bit more so now. :)

The hight is given by the number of those large lime stones that were left over from the oven stand... the inside size by a grill by a grill tray thing my twins chose last year. Its really just a project for using up the left overs...

Actually the hight does need to be considerably lower, because I'd like everybody to be able to crouch round it grilling sausages on a stick.

But I'm afraid thats as far as I've got....

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