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  • Gulf
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    Doug,

    That is a very nice setup. I can't say enough about any oven design that adds days of comfortable use for the oven. It looks like you have hit the 24/7/365 day per year mark .

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  • Karangi Dude
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    Hi Russell,
    Yes this new room is somewhere to do the classes but it will be mainly used for family and friends. We built it right off the living room and kitchen so it is now part of the house, it is a nice sunny room and we will build a new deck off the sliding door for some alfresco dining. We put a potbelly stove in for those really cold days (and for ascetics) there will be a split system air-con as well.
    My son said you don't see many WFO's inside houses, he's right but it is a WFO that can be used all year round.
    I can say already it's great everything is so close and handy, there will be some additional bench / cupboards and a sink installed as well as a bar at the other end of the room.
    We removed the existing sliding door and relocated it to the new wall, I then finished the cladding put in the door jams and hung the new doors and windows, it took a good while as I was not able to do much with this condition that I have some days more than others my wife was great help.
    We had the electrician come and rough in the power and light cables before the insulation went in, my Son then came and helped hang the plaster boards and a friend who is a plasterer came and set the joins etc.
    The electrician then came back to connect up the power points and down lights etc. In the meantime I started the lining of the feature wall around the oven and got most of the painting done

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    Doug,

    Glad to see you back and as usual the oven looks great. Is this set up for teaching WFO cooking again?

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  • Karangi Dude
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    It's been a while since I have added to this thread I was unwell for along period and could not do much.
    We had a few fires in the oven and cooked some nice food before my Son (who is a builder) and his staff pulled down the old patio roof and walls then build the new roof and walls from my plans, they got the frame and roof up in 3 days a few weeks before Christmas
    It was quite a while before I was well enough to start cladding the outside of the new building and finish the insulation and render on the flue gallery

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  • oasiscdm
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    hi Doug

    As usual immaculate work. Pam and I are staying at Milawa at the end October for a couple of days call it a brief honeymoon. believe that's not far from you.

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  • Karangi Dude
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    Finally laid the last brick, it took a long time to sort through the old bricks cleaning off the old mortar sometimes to find that the brick was not suitable, most of the bricks are pretty rough not real square or straight and vary in thickness and size, to find useable ones I went through about three times the quantity that I needed and I still needed to trim some of them without making them look to uniform.
    After laying them I gave the bricks a clean up with a light grind and will now wait for the mortar to dry before giving them a light acid wash.

    I put up a temporary wall frame as a guide then laid the bricks to suit, this is the only part of the oven that will be seen from inside the rest will be outside hence the curved steel top to keep out the weather.
    I now need to insulate the flue area let it cure then render and waterproof paint it all including the steel work but not the galvanised stand.
    Last edited by Karangi Dude; 08-15-2019, 10:07 PM.

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  • Karangi Dude
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    Thanks Joe old buddy,

    We will continue with the old look inside the building as well, Aussies have a liking for old timber and rusted corrugated iron etc. The town I live in Thoona is and old town with quite a few old buildings so it will suit the look even though our house is modern from the front when you enter the back area it will have that old rustic charm. I was given a potbelly stove that is in really good nick so that is going in as a feature.

    I am waiting on my Son who is a builder to remove the existing structure and build the new one that will of course feature the front of the oven. I was going to build it myself but because of my illness my wife put an end to that saying you are not well enough to be putting up a roof (and that I am to old ha ha) so my Son will frame it up and put the roof on and then I will finish the outside then line the inside and deck it out, there is a bar, sink area, work benches etc. so there is a lot to do before I can start the classes

    Cheers Doug

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  • Gulf
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    Iti s all looking very fine there Sensei,

    I do love the "rustic charm" of old brick.

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  • Karangi Dude
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    Decorative arch is being made out of very old bricks that I was lucky enough to get my hands on, they are 100 year plus old bricks that were made here in Thoona right next door, the old Thoona Brickworks was situated where my neighbours house is and between our properties there is a big hole (dam) that they dug to get the clay out of for the bricks, it is now filled with water and once used by the local Fire Brigade for training it is now just place for water birds etc.
    I did a dry run first to see if the bricks would work with the granite entrance that I had made and decided that they were perfect for the effect that we wanted, we are going for an old rustic charm look.
    Last edited by Karangi Dude; 08-12-2019, 08:27 PM.

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  • Karangi Dude
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    Thanks Russell,

    Things have been slower than I would like as I am still hampered by this condition that I have, and I have the weather to contend with as well, as it is winter here and we have been getting some good rain that we all need, but it is coming along pretty well considering.
    We haven't started promoting the classes yet we still need to build the actual room that will be fitted out with work benches and kitchen area, I hope to be ready later in the year.
    Yes we will be running under the Karangi Kitchen name we have quite a following on Facebook etc.

    Cheers Doug

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    Wow, what you have accomplished in 4 months. Have you started promoting your WFO cooking seminars yet? You still going to use Karangi's Kitchen?

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  • Karangi Dude
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    Finally I got the top on, it is made out of two sheets of checker plate steel 1800 x1200mm making it 1800 x 2400mm (8' x6') welded down the middle rolled to suit the curve of the oven then trimmed down to 1600 x 2030mm
    I put on 4 layers of 25mm insulation blanket tied that down with some tie wire
    I had to make up to make up a ramp to slide the sheet up on to get it over the oven, it was to heavy to lift up the three metres that it needed to go, two men could lift it but not to that hight it turned out to be a three man job.
    I had a sheet made with a fold at the bottom to suit the base I then sat that in place and marked out the curve and cut it to suit. I had welded some cleats on the curved top so that I could fasten the back on with tech screws. The whole top is screwed down (I didn't want to weld it) it is now water proof.
    The flue area of the oven will be insulated and the rendered and the whole thing will then be painted.

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  • Karangi Dude
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    Russell, because the oven opening will be indoors I wanted to make the flue gallery as big as I could to avoid any smoke issues but mainly for a good draft as the atmosphere is different inside a closed building.
    The first flue gallery was ok but not as good as I wanted so it was better to replace it now rather than after I build the front decorative arch.
    My condition is slowly getting better I now have an injection every 4 weeks and it seems to be doing me some good, thanks for you kind thoughts.

    Cheers Doug

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    That type of "S" flue gallery has become more popular over the past couple years. If I were to do another oven I would do this as well. Hope you are finding some relief for your ailments.

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  • Karangi Dude
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    Thanks Russell,

    I think it appears a lot bigger than it really is I only had a small fire going as you can see I hadn't burnt off all the carbon.
    Russell I was not happy with flue gallery design so I have rebuilt it, it works a treat now, I wasn't thinking clearly when I built the first one it didn't draw as well as I would have liked.
    I have been on a lot of medication with this terrible condition that I am suffering

    Cheers Doug

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