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3Instructables33,026Views29CommentsOakham, MAJoined May 2nd, 2017
I am a middle school science teacher in Central Massachusetts and an avid woodworker and all around tinkerer... Instructables really fits the bill for me! We often use Instructables in the classroom and many of my students have posted their own solar ovens, electromagnetic motors, hydraulic machines, and much more. I love the feeling I get when I am able to put together the pieces of what I have "lying around the house" to get a job done and I hope I instill that same feeling in my ... Read More »

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  • Hot Stuff! - Building a Wood Fired Oven at Home

    You are so welcome! The pita bread is amazing and is so cool to watch cook. Good luck with your build.

    I checked out your instructable, really cool build. I like you reused the outdoor fireplace foundation. It is a beast of an oven and I bet you get a heck of a lot of heat retention in there. About how many loaves of bread can you bake with one firing?

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  • Hot Stuff! - Building a Wood Fired Oven at Home

    Thank you so much for the truly kind compliments. I really love writing these and enjoy sharing my experiences... while talking a bit about science too! I have a few more instructables in the wings and hopefully will have them posted in the near future.

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  • Hot Stuff! - Building a Wood Fired Oven at Home

    You are welcome, and thanks for the kind comment. Keep the dream alive and the fire burning!

    Thanks so much, Fi. I am certain that there are some definite benefits to having a very specific ratio in mind and some of that detail was given in Stu's book. We ended up following his recommendations for what he called a medium/large wood fired oven, and although he did talk about ratios, we were able to use his proportions pretty directly. We took a number of liberties with the insulating methods and materials but otherwise followed the actual oven specs pretty closely. I will check in his book and get the exact numbers if you like.Chris

    We definitely looked at some of the cheaper versions of this using cob, wine bottles, and various other items. Some of the ovens would cost only a mere $100 to build, and could be covered with a half of a 55 gallon barrel as a roof. Given normal wear and tear the thing could last for quite a while and would probably make a lot of bread and pizza and what not. Since my wife runs a small farmer's market based bakery we decided to invest more money into something that would be able to hold a constant temperature for a long time so that she could optimize baking many loaves of bread. With the hut over the oven and all other materials the total was under $1,000. For our application this made complete sense and we benefit from the after firing since the oven will remain at about 200 degrees f...

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    We definitely looked at some of the cheaper versions of this using cob, wine bottles, and various other items. Some of the ovens would cost only a mere $100 to build, and could be covered with a half of a 55 gallon barrel as a roof. Given normal wear and tear the thing could last for quite a while and would probably make a lot of bread and pizza and what not. Since my wife runs a small farmer's market based bakery we decided to invest more money into something that would be able to hold a constant temperature for a long time so that she could optimize baking many loaves of bread. With the hut over the oven and all other materials the total was under $1,000. For our application this made complete sense and we benefit from the after firing since the oven will remain at about 200 degrees for days after it was initially fired.

    Thanks!

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  • Apple Press and Apple Grinder - on the Cheap

    I like the sound of "scratter" much more... kind of gives the whole thing an identity different than other grinders. Luckily the grinding bit is way down in the box, we just need to kids to be more careful around the moving chains.

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  • Hot Stuff! - Building a Wood Fired Oven at Home

    I'd say we did more research than the average bear. All of my projects involve a long (some would say too long) period of research prior to purchasing materials and beginning the building process. All sizes and ratios were based on Stu's recommendations in his book, which is linked at the beginning of the instructable. His experience far outweighs most of the other information we found posted online since he has been building these ovens for so long. The door's height and dome are nearly identical if you look in the image where the initial doorway is built and sand is piled up. An external chimney still would lead to heat loss unless you had a fully insulated flue and chimney. The smoke in the eyes is only from the initial firing until you push the entire thing into the dome. At that po...

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    I'd say we did more research than the average bear. All of my projects involve a long (some would say too long) period of research prior to purchasing materials and beginning the building process. All sizes and ratios were based on Stu's recommendations in his book, which is linked at the beginning of the instructable. His experience far outweighs most of the other information we found posted online since he has been building these ovens for so long. The door's height and dome are nearly identical if you look in the image where the initial doorway is built and sand is piled up. An external chimney still would lead to heat loss unless you had a fully insulated flue and chimney. The smoke in the eyes is only from the initial firing until you push the entire thing into the dome. At that point the heat is so intense and convection so active that the smoke has no chance to go into your eyes and most of it is combusted due to the heat. By the time the fire is down and all that remains are hot coals there is no "smoke" only vapors, and you are not losing any energy to a chimney.

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  • Hot Stuff! - Building a Wood Fired Oven at Home

    Thank you so much for the truly kind comments. Happy to hear that you are interested in building one too, they are a blast to build and even more fun to use. Good luck and don't hesitate to reach out with questions.

    Hi there,So I left that out of the instructable since it really isn't necessary. I had some doubts about my masonary skills and a buddy of mine said he could make me a metal arch that fits in there to support it just in case. He made it in his shop and we installed it. Suffice to say, it wasn't necessary and I was just worrying about gravity not working anymore... the bricks can't go anywhere, gravity is pulling them all into place. But better safe than sorry I guess. Thanks for the comment and checking it out.

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