Cabbage Soup

One of the most popular and most probably the tastiest soups that comes from the traditional Slovakian kitchen. It is not only delicious soup but nutritious as well. Here is a very simple recipe for how to make it in a pot of 8 Liters or 2 Gallons in volume.

Dished cabbage soup

What to buy

Cabbage soup cooks really well in a two or three times larger pots. For making a larger quantity just multiply each ingredient. Continue reading

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Soapstone Technical Data – Calculated

It makes wonderful kitchen countertops. But putting aside its fabulous looks, soapstone (or soaprock) has many outstanding physical qualities. Especially those focused on coping with high heat levels. Some of the refractory properties soapstone has are even better than those found in heat resistant firebricks. How about well performing baking stones? Then stove or the once popular original fireplace linings.

Two colors of soapstone, dark green and light brown versions. A truly efficient baking oven system needs to meet well two certain thermal characteristics. The faster the heat absorption into the mass is the better (speed of heat soak from a heat source). Thermal Conductivity. That’s the first one. The second is Specific Heat. It’s about material heat storing capacity Continue reading

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Chipped off edges on fire-bricks ?

Question :
I live on a small island off the BC coast in Canada, and if I can figure it out, one of your ovens will be well used and much needed.

One question if you would … There’s a guy close by who’s selling a lot of used fire brick. But most all of it is chipped along the edges, which will not result in as tight a fit as with new.
Would these used, chipped bricks pose any sort of technical problem or just cosmetic?

I look forward to seeing your plans. I’d prefer to receive the info over the Internet if the option is still possible. Your site is Continue reading

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The flue vent and hot-air passage. How Wide & Deep are they?

Flue and exhaust-passage depth and width. How to. What is the optimal flue width and depth? This is one of the important questions, especially in indoor ovens. Say that the entry opening to the oven is 10″ – 245mm high and the width isn’t crucial (but most commonly I make the entry 400mm = 15-3/4 inches wide.) The size of the flue, which is the boxed space around and above the entry surface area (also called hood or air vent or just a box) has to be spacious enough so completely all the exhaust fumes, 100% of the hot air gases exiting the oven, all gets directed only upwards into the hot air passage and through the chimney they travel out.

It’s not really the chimney as we know it because there aren’t the draft conditions present because that’s not needed in outdoors ovens system with the straight up hot-air passage. These designs function completely properly without the draft Continue reading

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Saving money, Saving time, in building brick ovens.

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Thanks again for subscribing to the mailing list. Before you start to build your own wood fired brick oven, or more ovens if that was the case, I’d like to share a few tips and ways for saving you more 1. Time and 2. Money plus handy insights about my custom jobs prices.

1. Saving time or energy

THE Best Tip For All Times:
It is not a space rocket science. At its hardest, it is simple putting mortar on bricks or making concrete slab. Should I mention also willingness to work and enjoying it all? Do not be surprised when I say that building brick ovens is not hard to do, without or with an University degree. By now, many people who have never held a brick in hands built nice ovens for themselves and eventually some even for others afterwards. Many people already cook and entertain, evidently so. Continue reading

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At long last a roof!

Metal roof on stone structure. Art work.
Image: Tim’s oven with roof on

Well, it took a few years of coffee roasting plus cooking seasons with the oven, and then .. my wife an Artist/blacksmith built the roof ribs and the front supports in between jobs .. I had to drill and tap 60 holes to attach the steel roof .. Continue reading

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Benefits of Omega-3 from Fish Oil supplement

The Fishy Answer to our Wellbeing and Health

I don’t believe that any single living person from a developed country would not have heard about essential fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids, or fish oil; and how beneficial they are for not only inflammatory conditions but also general wellbeing. It is most likely to be the biggest selling supplement in the health food stores, pharmacies, and online stores. So what are fish oils and what are their therapeutic values to us? There are such a variety of them on the shelves, I am sure that trying to pick one from such a wide selection will give us a headache! At the end of this article, Continue reading

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Vermiculite based insulation

Vermiculite in bags used for insulation I pay 24 bucks per 1x 100L bag (3.53 cu-ft), you will need more of them for insulating of the whole oven as per below described quantities.

What is Vermiculite? Insulation applications.

Where to buy vermiculite insulation? Best places to find vermiculite containing products, or most importantly dry loose-fill vermiculite insulation in bags, are large landscaping yards (because in horticulture the vermiculite, as well as Perlite, are used to prevent soil compaction or as soil conditioner/amendment after adding a composting matter.) Pool shops and businesses that build and install swimming pools also work with large quantities of vermiculite.

Then obviously those who work with different kinds of insulation materials. Such as; refractory firms (handling mostly refractory and high-temperature insulation) or factories producing Continue reading

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Firebricks – heavy dense fire clay bricks

Firebrick also called as fire clay brick. Nowadays they are called heavy and dense Firebricks but old masters still call them fire clay bricks just because they are made of simple fireclay (which actually is the most ordinary mud.) Fire clay can be easily located out in the nature but it must containing the right refractory properties, suitable content ratio of silica and alumina. Some shops call these bricks fireplace bricks. They are used for instance for building cooking chamber in wood fired ovens, for creating fireplaces, all sorts of fire boxes and wood heaters’ lining, linings in a small or the hugest Continue reading

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What is fire clay and where to get it in nature

Fire Clay packed in bag All refractory are based on fire clay, what it contains, alumina and silica. In fact all high heat resistant firebricks are made of fire clay. Like heat resistant mortars, insulation, pottery, ceramics, ceramic blankets or ceramic tiles on space shuttle, origins of these start from the fire clay, its melting starts at 1600 Celsius °C or 2912 Fahrenheit °F point. Only special manufacturing technologies of those expensive materials change their properties and usage applications. But we are not going to space, at least Continue reading

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