admin on July 7th, 2009

Fresh, light, tasty - the attributes of a good tomato base. I’ve tried lots of recipes amongst them those from Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein.
Some use tinned tomatoes that are strained after preparation, others call for bottled strained tomatoes or passata.
I  think fresh tomatoes are simply the best. And preparing them is really quite easy. [...]

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admin on July 5th, 2009

OK, a few weeks in and I have had three or four attempts and starting to get the hang of it of my not so new wood-fired pizza oven. No question that each result has been better than the last (and the kids assure me that it’s “MUCH better than before, dad”).
Lighting the fire
Kindling is [...]

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admin on June 21st, 2009

Fully fired the oven this weekend, producing some awesome pizza. Also managed to blacken the bases of a few too! The oven seems to need a bit of calming down once the fire is moved back. Using trays is a good way of backing off the contact heat from brick for a while. It’s the [...]

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admin on June 16th, 2009

Here’s the project in a minute - say no more.
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admin on June 13th, 2009

I know I should have left this until next weekend, but being a fairly impatient kind a guy, well I couldn’t resist having a crack late morning Sunday with a short 2 hour window….
The fire was lit, and for the next hour smoked like buggery. Sydney in winter is not so bad - however I [...]

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admin on June 12th, 2009

OK, so we ended up last weekend with an ugly looking part brick, part clay oven… yes definitely on the way to an oven. I went around the brickwork filling gaps with Hebel adhesive. I lit a small fire and watched the steam rising off the still damp clay. The flue extension went in nicely [...]

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admin on June 7th, 2009

Long weekend in Sydney and time to make some progress. First step was to rough out the shape of the oven, igloo-esque seemed to work best. The fire cement ran low and I skimped on this - which has caused some problems. This outline needs to be well cemented-in as the sand mould and working [...]

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admin on May 30th, 2009

A wet blustery day in Sydney today - kids soccer and rugby cancelled this morning which meant I had some time to get the clay pavers onto the Portable Pizza Oven base.
About 38 clay pavers in total, cut them using a hired wet saw. Cemented them to the Hebel layer using fireproof cement, a hideously [...]

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admin on May 25th, 2009

Now that the stand is mobilised and complete, time to get ready for the ‘heat face’. I’m using a layer of Hebel brick - and onto this will go a low cost clay paver. For those who don’t know Hebel, its an extremely light and fire resistant building material. The roughly 900mm x 1200mm stand [...]

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admin on May 21st, 2009

Time to get started on the base.
The first stage is pretty simple using 100mm x 45mm treated pine timber. It comes in 3.6M lengths at least from from my local hardware shop (Bunnings Artarmon in North Sydney - great store worthy of many hours investment).
So far I’ve been through five lengths in total they’re $25 [...]

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