Another Pizza Oven Build

 

 

 

Last year at the bushmoot I was intending to build an earth pizza oven.  As the area is built on sand dunes, sand was not going to be a problem.  Clay on the other hand was.  I ended up walking to the river, digging and finding… sand!  So this time I came prepared with some readily dug clay and some from a local potter.

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We dug in a load of sand from literally next to the tarp.  Two young girls did most of the work, the rest of us mucked in only when the camera was showing!

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For the base, we used wooden logs – these were chopped from a timber pile.  About 3ft long, they were notched so they wouldn’t roll.  We used a tarp to stop the sand running through the bottles onto the floor.  We laid bottles, then tucked the tarp over the bottles and layered sand over the tarp to both hold it in place and give us a firm bed for the fire bricks.  We then built the sand form over the top.

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Sand form getting there.  All done with eye.

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Layered a copy of the metro over the top and wetted ready for the oven clay mix.

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Clay being built up around the form.  This was done quite quickly and inside you could see the cracks where it wasn’t bonded quite as well as it could be.

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Smack the finished dome with a big stick.

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Straw dipped in clay slip and layered on.  Door is cut.

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Add another layer of clay with added straw for stability over the top – just a thin layer.

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Add decoration and immediately light!

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Used an arrow as a blow pipe

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The front did dip a little, but still worked fine :)

 

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Not quite so free ranging chickens

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Using the tree posts,  I half arsed together a temporary enclosure for the birds.   The can range in a restricted nature rather than destroy our rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, fruit trees, grapes, raspberries etc.   Neither our cats not the birds have worked out how to enter/escape.

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IBC cladding

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The IBC ‘s are now clad keeping sunlight, leaves and animals out.

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Double yolker

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So yesterdays large egg was a double yolk. Which might be nice if I was eating it, but Helen and Sam are. :(

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Rhubarb, comfrey and trees

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Not doing so well.

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Cherry doing much better than expected

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Peach not so well

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Victoria plum is starting to get going. Only its 4th year…

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Braeburn very well

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Granny smith is beating all the rest

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Comfrey very well in both parts of the garden. Need to make more comfrey tea.

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Which one is commercial

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Eggs!

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It was only going to be a matter of time until the first eggs started to appear! Like buses obviously.

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I was working away from home, so Helen had a fry up for dinner.

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Egg!

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Tea spoon for scale. Yes its tiny!

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Freeranging

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Today I clipped the right wing of all our chickens.  This was not symbolic.

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Jalfrezi quite liked her comb being stroked

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I also built an axe target stand

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And let the chickens out to roam a bit

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And fed them some grapes by hand

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Mirror mirror on the wall

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Who’s the prettiest chicken of them all?

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Yes yet again we have gooseberry sawfly.

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We have some natural defenders – Piri Piri has stepped up to the challenge!

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Took a walk with Sam today to see the bluebells.

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And to play chase chase (Sam’s current favourite game) and play pooh sticks in the stream.  I won. Sam didn’t seem bothered.

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