Saturday, September 9, 2017

More wood fired oven pictures

 Nephew Richard took over as roast meat chef

chicken and sweet potatoes.  Later we put coals under the rack and let chicken dry out a bit.  grease gets burnt up.


I made the fire a bit too hot, but after 30 minutes it was nice 250C just inside


Bamboo in wood frames

I took this to show the renters.  it was not clamped at the time.  came out very nice

Monday, July 10, 2017

Did I tell you we have a wood fired pizza oven.


We use it frequently on weekends.  More pictures than you want to see, but gives and idea how much we like it.

Now days it get it up to 450C on t he floor away from coals.  the coals are 700+C


 We make 6-8" pizza, individual size.  Most eat several.  sometimes we cant finish the third individual pizza

Mom relaxing......
 As head pizza chef is the kid.

 The wood door didnt work.  It burnt up after a month
 We dont only put pizza in.  Chicken in a open pot.




 Cranking it up
 Fribergs and Cunninghams.  kids are elsewhere.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

buidling with Bamboo: Bamboo gate

I have used bamboo for curtain rods, replacement of rebar in ring beams, and garden stakes, and decorative stuff.

This was my first attempt for something more difficult (but not very difficult).  After the putting the first joints i decided to go as much with pure bamboo as possible.

finished.

Frame. cross pieces pass through and then a bamboo dowel secures it
 Before the last dowel
Making bamboo dowels/ nails

 Bamboo dowels




Splitting the bamboo for filling in the frame.
 Each rails is attached with a tight fitting dowel


 Want the fit to be tight but not too tight.  if too tight it can split the bamboo.  hose clamp to keep it from splitting more



the top hinge
 the bottom hinge.  will straighten when i cement it in.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

natural roofs

The pizza oven is roofed by catalan vault.   It is then plastered with a lime-soil-sand plaster, then pressed, then lime wash.

The last two nights we have had hard rain, 8cm each time and there is no leaking except one cornor over the wall where i put plain wet mortar.

This roof i struggled with personally.  kind of long story but in the end it is 7cm tiles on end, then another 3 layers of tiles with mud mortar.  work on  the groins on the first layer and the other layers it doesnt matter so much.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Finished enough

The pizza oven is done enough.

Sometimes i would work on the roof in the dark under lights making the masonry roof.  I  struggled with the timbrel roof (another blog post).

I rounded the peel before work.


The roof is arches from each cornor done by formwork, then 5cm facing bricks on side, then 3 flat layers on top of that. Then 3-4 cm of clay-lime-sand plaster, then 6 coats of lime wash.

Nice roof, but it took 3 times!  Not the bottles in the dome just visible.  That was the insulation




5cm thick wood door.  can't put it on when it is roaring as it burns.


And someone's first pizza.  People tend to put too much stuff on homemade pizza.



In action


pulling out a small pizza

Monday, February 27, 2017

Protecting Rammed earth walls from water running down wall, and adding beauty

My buddy John Mollel found this idea on line and came to do a test earlier this month.  The idea is water runs down to the row of brick tiles sticking out and then drips off from the wall.

The other idea is it adds decorative effect.

on the back side we tried some soil from East Usambara.