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Re: termite earth for pizza oven
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Posted by Rado
In Reply to: termite earth for pizza oven posted by thommo
Interesting you mention that I was admiring those big termite houses we found by the road in Cairns tablelands, North Queensland, Australia. That would be a way to borrow smooth soil quickly.
However, do some good research on this if it is not meant to be just a fun oven project which will last you for a short time. While ago I watched document about termites. They actually use heaps of glue they produce in their body to hold these bits sand etc. together to be able to build large structures. To my knowledge, or as far as I know, that glue produced in their body is organic matter and therefore it will also burn out. It will be there, the organic matter, in some volume, once it burns out the clay becomes loose ... I cannot come up with the word I should use someone please help me! It has got to do a little with braking, not solid anymore, similar to crumble, falling apart.
How deep do termites dig? Good clay can be only half a meter below ground surface so dig for it yourself. r
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