My lovely friends at Maddocks Farm have been hankering after a wood fired oven for a while now, and I can finally reveal their beautiful new oven.
I’m very proud of my own oven, as you have probably gathered, but this one is truly stunning, and the brickwork is wonderful, it’s a Pompeii style oven, and will prove wonderful to cook in. Their builder Luke, certainly has done a great job. I think there could be a lot of interest in this, so he might have a new sideline.
I’m looking forward to when it get’s fired in anger to see how it performs, and to having some great pizza where I’m not slaving in front of a hot oven for a change. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos with me for all to see.
There’s been a great deal of interest in How to Build a Wood Fired Oven recently.
There is a wonderful Forum for people considering building one themselves from Cob and Clay Ovens right up to brick built Pompeii ovens.
Have a look here if you fancy having a go yourself, it’s a great place and there’s lots of people having a go at building their own ovens.
Here’s the story of how I built my own oven with mostly recycled material.
Thanks for visiting.
I fired her up again tonight, a little bit more, and thought i’d cook a meal, I got some nice mackerel and samphire and cooked the fish on my tuscan grill over some fennel shoots from my herb bed, and we enjoyed it with a nice zingy salad from the garden.
I put the first scratch coat of render over the block work, and my wife said how nice it looked and the food was lovely, so i’m very happy.
I’m really happy today, I had a small curing fire this morning and went out later this afternoon and was amazed by how warm it all still was, hopefully a good sign, the chimney seems to draw well so happy with that too, and I got the first layer of render on, here’s a couple more pics.
Day 4 has been wicked, I finished off the chimney, and then started the vermicrete, this was easy to mix, but difficult to get stick, so I used some chicken wire mesh to lock it in and slapped it on with my hands, I reckon I got a generous 4-5″ on especially over the top, it’s all looking really great, was chuffed my front brick arch stood up by itself, though not the best brickwork in the land, using the outer rim of the barrel which locked it in place so it’s very sturdy (i hope)
I’m really pleased that as planned my tuscan grill fits through perfectly 14″ and a few mm spare
Here’s some more pics, planning on taking the rest of the weekend off to leave it to all set (covered with tarp to keep the rain off)
Then tuesday Iwill render over the top and the base, and start warming her up slowly
I got loads done yesterday, but struggled today as had torrential rain most of the day, have got the barrel cut and in place now and have covered with the first heat retaining layer of concrete about 3″ so far, I have put up the brick arch, but really struggled with it, hope it holds up ok, everything covered with tarpaulin now to keep the rain off, I am really pleased with it all so far, and I have been able to use a lot of recycled materials which is great.
Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:37 am
Well I have made a start, all the goodies were delivered this morning.
So I dug a trench for the foundation blocks and checked all was level, and built up 2 layers of block work, not the best of jobs but it’ll all be rendered to match the bbq, it’s level and sturdy though so should be good.
Then I laid some concrete joists over the blocks this will have a layer of 6″ thick celcon block on top.
I am knackered and have the biggest blister ever on my hand from digging, but happy to have finally started.
Hopefully 2 more days and i’ll be done ready to start warming her up slowly.
I’ve still got to source some vermiculite, and a barrel, but have a few ideas.
Here’s some pics so far, and one of the job foreman checking everything is level……