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Old 11-26-2009, 02:47 PM
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Default Is it possible to build something that will work both as a grill AND as an oven?

I mainly want a grill, because the main thing I cook is a whole lamb or pig.
However, your bread/pizza oven excitemnt has spread, making ME want one.
So... Do you think it would be possible to build an oven which can also double as a grill? I guess you would have to have a removable section of the roof of the oven which has a grill underneath. Ideas? Help?
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:11 PM
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Hey STSECC,

Sorry that we didn't respond to this.

A standard brick oven makes a great grill. You can slide a Tuscan grill inside the oven, and use both wood coals and the heat of the oven for great grilling.

We the weight of the oven, you wouldn't want to try to move/remove the top -- but no worry.
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:21 PM
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Hey STSECC,

Sorry that we didn't respond to this.

A standard brick oven makes a great grill. You can slide a Tuscan grill inside the oven, and use both wood coals and the heat of the oven for great grilling.

We the weight of the oven, you wouldn't want to try to move/remove the top -- but no worry.
James
Alright.
But, how BIG would it have to be hold a whole pig?
I think it would have to be so big that it might be either really expensive to build, or too large to heat for use as an oven.
Does anyone know?
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:32 PM
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You want to grill a whole pig? I don't think I have ever heard of that - usually it's slow cooked. Interesting. The tuscan grill will work, you just might need three of them (they are approx 14 inches long).

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You want to grill a whole pig? I don't think I have ever heard of that - usually it's slow cooked. Interesting. The tuscan grill will work, you just might need three of them (they are approx 14 inches long).

Les...
Yes. I would like to cook a whole pig.
I would like to slow cook it.
I am sure 3 tuscan grills will hold one.
I am not sure an oven large enough to hold the pig will be feasable for pizza.
Will it?
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:47 PM
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I think getting whole pig in and out of the oven using Tuscan grills would be a major logistical undertaking!

You would need to allow for a larger oven opening in your design.

When you say grill? do you mean:

direct grill over coals?
or
in-direct as you would use when slow cooking?

sorry - it's just not clear how you want to use the oven, since grilling & slow cooking are two different things...

the best idea would be to fabricate a rack to hold the pig.

mount the animal, and slide the whole thing inside the oven.

This has been done successfully before, I read about it just the other day on here.

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Old 12-01-2009, 08:03 PM
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I used the term "grill" incorrectly.
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So, can I make an Oven that will work also for slow cooking something as large as a pig?
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:16 PM
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A suckling pig - Yes

A full sized porker... well yes ....and also no

I think about 44" (internal diameter) is about the limit for a backyard oven.

Anything over that - you are into semi-commercial territory, and yes it can be done - but at great expense and running costs.

but if roasting whole pigs is really what you want to do, and pizza just as a side interest, you might want to consider a different type of oven, that would accommodate a whole pig better.

hope this helps.. cheers,
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but if roasting whole pigs is really what you want to do, and pizza just as a side interest, you might want to consider a different type of oven, that would accommodate a whole pig better.

hope this helps.. cheers,
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That does help.
What type of oven is best for whole animals?
I have built what I would call a large rectangular grill out of bricks before. It worked pretty well but was open on the top so I had to cover it with a large piece of sheet metal. It was large enough for about 4 whole hogs. I don't need one that large anymore. It may not be feasable, but I was thinking that if I made it more oven like, and less grill like, I might not have to mess with the coals so much. It would not have to get up to pizza oven temperature, so I don't think it would have to be insulated as much. But, some amount of insulation might make it hold a temperature of say 225 F for a few hours off a pile of woods and coals burning inside. The heat would also be fairly even, so I would not need to use a rotisary. Another advantage is that it would keep the smoke in, for that smoker effect.

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Can't be done?
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