My First of many retirement projects
I realize that Thanksgiving is an American holiday only, but roast turkey in just about any country is delicious. I recently cooked a traditional Thanksgiving turkey – complete with stuffing. It turned out perfectly. Actually all meals, breads, pizzas, etc. that I’ve cooked in the oven have turned out perfectly. There is something about the high quality heat from this oven that helps turn out meals that are tender and moist, without burning.
The energy inside these clay brick ovens behaves somehow differently because all meals cooked in them taste a lot more lovelier. That can be clearly visible. The first pizza was done in 90 seconds. I love my oven!
I was able to locate 1,120 new house bricks on Craig’s List for $75.00 US only, < 7 cents per one brick. I have about 20 bricks left. Guess that I cut it pretty close. I've laid brick only once before (about 35 years ago), but it came back to me.
We’ve been traveling ourselves, but I finally got around to taking a few more pictures. I have plenty of more photos that I took along the way and can send you some if you have a particular question – I made a few construction revisions along the way. Since I had an abundance of house bricks (from the same batch), I wanted to keep both the design and look simple. The hearth will change. I eventually plan replace the two concrete slabs with a piece of marble. This is the first of many retirement projects. It’s been a good fun getting to this point – some puzzles along the way, but I’m almost there.
Thanks again for the plans! And for the advice on firing up the oven a couple of times before cooking. I had fun building it, and will have even more fun using it. Later I’ll send you a picture of the oven after our first snow fall of the season.
We just returned from a vacation. We left sunny Florida, and returned to the first snowfall of the season in Wisconsin. Cannot wait to fire up the oven.
If you need any more information, please let me know.
Prescott, Wisconsin US
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