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Foundations had to be altered

My wife and I had thought of building a bread oven almost thirty years ago. However, it wasn’t until I retired recently that the idea re-emerged. After looking on the Net for ideas, we came across Rado’s web page and decided his pizza oven would double equally as a bread/baking oven.

Having purchased the DVD from Rado, all looked ‘reasonably’ easy and so it was until we decided to build the oven into a hill. Foundations had to be altered with the oven hearth tied in differently to the structure, due to the hill’s heavy clay, but as you can see, it all came together in the end.

The door works really well. I made it from second-hand 30mm hardwood lined with fibro sheeting and a 30mm hollow steel inner section. My handles enable to tilt back in two positions and provides good draft up through the ash drop opening and smoke to escape at the top, but seals off nicely when fully closed.

The finished oven

The finished oven


Another angle view

Another angle view

First lighting for cooking

First lighting for cooking

Finally an evening photo shot

Finally an evening photo shot

Clay thinking face

Hmmm, will it work?

Oven door handles

Oven door handles

My homemade oven door

My homemade oven door

I fashioned my oven tools from things in my shed – one from an old brickies trowel (really useful), another from and old garden hoe, cut, bent and a piece of old ride -on mower blade riveted on to make a rake.

Two hardwood wooden peels

2 wooden peels made from hardwood

I bent a piece of metal rod into a poker-shape tool and attached it to a longer wooden handle, which also serves to pull/push trays/pots in and out of the oven. Lastly, of course, I adapted a mop head and and lengthened a bought peel and the timber handles being the most expensive part of the exercise. So have fashioned my own tools, as they are very exe to buy.

My set of homemade tools

My set of homemade tools

Some of our first baking

Some of our first baking

Second baking in oven with thick veggie soup

2nd baking with thick veggie soup

We are learning to use the oven to cook/bake a range of things, including different breads, cakes, biscuits, soup, casseroles, fish, meats and vegetables. However pizzas are yet to come :-)

Thanks to Rado and his DVD, we look forward to many great meals from our oven with family and friends.

Sausages and potatoes cooked perfectly

Sausages and potatoes

Al and Raine
Gympie, Qld., Australia

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  1. Great looking oven Al and Raine, love the side counter and storage! These ovens are so versatile. I just cooked a pork shoulder (low and slow) in mine the other day for pulled pork sandwiches. Your food looks great!
    Happy baking and cooking!
    Steve

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  2. Wow! I like it. You have done a beautiful job with your project.

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