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Offline minesamojito

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Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« on: July 15, 2011, 06:37:31 PM »
Hi all,
new to the forum and wfo
i've recently built a wfo using a steel drum
here's a link to my blog on build and cooking
http://countrywoodsmoke.wordpress.com
i just had a pizza party for my sons 2nd birthday and cooked nearly 40 pizzas
cheers
marcus
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011, 06:45:37 PM »
Welcome minesamojito.  I followed the link and did not see any pictures of the WFO build.  Did I miss it?  Can you post up pictures of your build?

Thanks
Chau

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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011, 07:00:56 PM »
Hi Chau,
the build is on the 2nd page, here's a link
http://countrywoodsmoke.wordpress.com/page/2/
too many pics to post here if that's ok?
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2011, 07:42:10 PM »
Thanks Marcus, I see the pics now.  Looks like a big project and that you did a nice job.  Also looks like you
are getting good use out of it already.

What is the highest temp you have gotten in it?  Are the temps hard to maintain or do you have to keep loading wood?   I'm interest to know if your oven retains the heat well or not.

Chau

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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 07:51:52 PM »
Hi Chau,
Cheers, yes really pleased with it.
At the last pizza party at the weekend, i recorded 500deg C on the floor before cooking pizza, but my infra red thermometer only goes up to 500degC, it cooked a napoli style pizza in 10 secs, if i'd left it any longer the base would have burnt, i added no more wood, and cooked 40 pizza in an hour, the charcoal was burning away lovely
then i cooked some nice bread on it
i've also done honey roast ham and beer can chicken on it, it retains heat great, but i need to do a bit of work on the door and chimney seals to improve it
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 08:04:00 PM »
Marcus,
Some of us are always looking at different methods of building WFOs. I really like yours. Your pies are looking good too. Congratulations!
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 08:14:05 PM »
Cheers Ron
it was pretty straightforward to build and quick, and i'm no builder, so if i can do it I think anyone can, am pleased with the results, but as always for me looking for ways to improve.....
loving this site, lots of inspiration here
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 08:18:58 PM »
10 sec bake, wow that's fast!  Is that enough time to cook the dough through and through?  If you want more browning to the top of the pie, you can lift the pie up with the peel to brown the edge without the bottom cooking.  Set it down and quickly turn the pizza and repeat.

Chau

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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2011, 08:35:37 PM »
yeah it was a bit quick at first, but it settled down lovely to about 1-2 minutes, the base was pretty thin, but it sprang up quickly, and was lovely cooked, i kept the toppings light, and it was speckled brown on top, that's a good tip on lifting the pizza on the peel, thanks
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2011, 01:26:10 PM »
Very creative.

Any concerns about the drum rusting out?

Craig
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2011, 02:27:24 PM »
Cheers Craig,
No idea, i guess as long as i'm using it regularly it should be ok, but if it does go in a few years time, i'll just build a firebrick barrel oven on top, to be honest i never expected it will last forever, and that it was so quick and cheap to put up, i wouldn't be too sad if it had to be replaced, i guess i was looking at somewhere between the longetivity of a clay oven and a brick oven, but only time will tell
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2011, 10:36:08 AM »
Very nice, looks easy to make and the pizzas look great, keep posting.
nico

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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2011, 11:31:21 AM »
Cheers nico, it wasn't too bad at all to make, and easy once the base was up
The pizza's were delicious!
Have you got a wood oven?
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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2011, 12:27:12 PM »
Hi Marcus, I do not have one "yet", moving is in the near future so I do not want to build one no, my intention is to start one after I move. I really like your concept, I saw something similar in Chile and Argentina, the government was building them to help people with limited income, in this way they could use the oven to cook meals for several families at once and also make some bread to sell on the streets. I will PM you at some point to ask you for details about the building process if that is ok with you.

p/d: which team is that jersey?

nico

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Re: Homemade steel drum wfo, working great
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2011, 12:55:16 PM »
Hope you can get started on your oven soon.
That's cool hearing that others build like mine, thiunk it's a quick easy way to get an oven up
No problem to PM, the build is described in my blog in the June entries, but happy to answer any further questions
The rugby shirt is Bath RFC, it's from a few years ago, not their current jersey
Cheers
Marcus
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