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sacwoodpusher 12-14-2010 04:17 PM

Portable Tandoor Oven Build
OK, I have always wanted a tandoor oven. I'll try to build one next weekend.

I am going to build one using H.C. Muddox thin brick and heat stop refractory cement on the inside. I will be using the summer wheat color, as it is a uniform brick. The internal diameter will be about 18.75 inches, and the "usable height" will be about 30 inches. I will be using thin brick on the outside as well. The outside diameter will be approximately 25.25 inches. I have no idea what color I will use on the outside.

Before everyone yells and tells me that if it ain't fire brick, it's gonna crack.....I'm going to try it. Thin brick will allow me to quickly and easily deal with a radiused interior. There will be lots of joints for stress relief. The alternative is a clay pot.....I'm guessing brick might work. I'm finding out that the Muddox brick are great.....not at all like the brick oven in the chimney of an old house my brother owns in Pennsylvania...that oven is real, real old.......100 years?

Now, a tandoor pot generally has a "belly", and the mouth is smaller than the belly. I am not yet sure how I am going to deal with that, or if I even will. I guess a smaller mouth will save energy, prevent excessive heat loss, etc....but it also increases the likelyhood of me brushing my hand or arm against something hot when I "slap" the naan onto the wall. I'm already thinking that there will be no more hair left on my knuckles. I guess I can add something to make the oven mouth come out to about 13-14 inches in diameter.

I think I'll just use a round piece of sheet metal with a handle for the lid.....The lid has to be slid partway open anyway when cooking kabobs.....and I generally see the lid off all the way when cooking naan.

Wish me to follow.

Lburou 12-14-2010 07:24 PM

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I'm subscribed to see the build :D

Wiley 12-15-2010 09:17 AM

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"I'm subscribed to see the build" Lburou

Me too, I've had a matched pair of large clay pots that I picked up last summer with the idea of building a tandoor oven. I have yet to find the time...but have been refining the build in my mind, (so much easier to prebuild something in one's head :-) It will be interesting to see how your ideas play out.

Lots of picture, please !

sacwoodpusher 12-16-2010 04:57 PM

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Here is a photo on an Armenian Tonir......I found this picture under "Tandoor" in Wikipedia. I am telling you this because that seems to be the licensing requirement for the photo.

This photo will be used as my inspiration for my tandoor.I intend to use thin brick arranged like this on the inside of the tandoor.

15 lbs of powder form HeatStop costs $76, but I think that will be enough for a tandoor. I use split firebrick and type S with fireclay added for my pizza ovens....I am tempted to use that for the tandoor......any thoughts? In my ovens, it is the joints between brick that have strength, the type S with fireclay does not stick much (none have come off but fixing mistakes show where the type S sticks) to the backing insulation I use. I wonder about Heatstop, but $76 for 1 tandoor is ok......

Lburou 12-16-2010 06:11 PM

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I had good luck this week buying all kinds of supplies from a refractory plant close by. See my thread about it here.

California will be full of refractories supporting a number of industries using their specialty products. Search for 'California refractory' and they can sell you the powder you mention (or anything you need) for cheap by comparison. HTH :

sacwoodpusher 12-16-2010 06:16 PM

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Thank you.

Harbison Walker in Richmond, CA reached out to me today. They asked me to drive down and visit what they call a refractory supply mecca.

I use H.C. Muddox here in Sacramento for bricks. Their bricks are quite reasonable, and I think their quality is awsome.

Lburou 12-16-2010 06:22 PM

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My pleasure :)

Make a list, I got distracted during my visit to the refractory and went away without everything I wanted :)

dmun 12-16-2010 07:29 PM

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15 lbs of powder form HeatStop costs $76
Wow that's expensive, even on the west coast. Heatstop50 (the fifty pound bag) is a bit north of 50 dollars around here. The ten pound tub was about fifteen, the last one I bought.

sacwoodpusher 12-17-2010 09:13 PM

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I believe that I "mis-heard" 15 when she may have said 50 lbs....

Either way, I am going down to Harbison Walker next week in Richmond, CA to see what they have.

Wiley 12-17-2010 10:27 PM

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A couple of thoughts/impressions regarding that photo that is the inspiration for your build:

It's an interesting way of suporting the meat they are roasting, however, it would appear that the bottom meats are considerably more cooked than the top. The support for the "dangle" is clever but one would suppose that part way thru the roast the dangle should have the capability to be inverted and hung from what is presently the bottom. Having that capability would insure a more uniform roast.

Also one would assume a roast like this would not be much different in final outcome than one done in one of our WFOs. It is relying on radiant heat from the sides. With at least one considerable difference: if one drops what one is roasting in one of our WFOs it is a mess but the meat is easliy recoverable. Retrieving a dropped dangle in this oven would be much more inconvenient and hazardous as one would have to work directly in the heat column.

My personal interest in a tandoor is more in the bread it produces. Skewered meats should be no different than those done in a dome WFO. Or am I missing something?


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