Small dodgey wood heater - pledge

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yeah, although i'm confident it will work in some way..., i'm not sure about the temperature the bottom bricks will get to and if it will be enough for pizza or making bread. This also depends on the size of the fire. I could make a small fire for slow cooking and a big fire for burning things. I thought I could make a bottom tray/wire rack about 50mm off the bottom which would allow heat under the item? Then you'd have options, like a normal household oven. It's all just a theory at the moment, I don't really know what i'm doing, I'm just making it up as I go :oops: ... but I think it should provide plenty of entertainment conducting tests and figuring out what works best.

I'm wondering what the best kind of wood to use is? Not too smokey that my neighbours call the fire brigade, but nice tasting smoke for the food? I know a bloke that sells charcoal so I might get a bag from him. He says it's better than heat beads for bbq because the smoke flavours the food.
Now that's a good idea, a smaller fire tray on the bottom for use only when you want to do pizzas :thumbsup: That'd work a charm I reckon!

For bread, you'd just keep the top grill and I'd envisage cook up a bbq grill and at the same time do a bread (or herb bread) below because you only want to generate an even 180 C for bread anyway. And for those odd occasions, when you want pizzas you just ark up the bottom burner and with those bricks as insulation it should get hot as a furnace in there.

Would you incorporate some clay bricks or firebricks or pizza stone as a base to throw the pizza on like a mini pizza oven or use pizza trays?

As for wood, I don't have much of an idea but you can get a smoke effect by using things like tea leaves and special wood smoke shavings from camping shops without actually burning wood. That may suit your design better - I'm not sure... o_O
 

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Would you incorporate some clay bricks or firebricks or pizza stone as a base to throw the pizza on like a mini pizza oven or use pizza trays?

As for wood, I don't have much of an idea but you can get a smoke effect by using things like tea leaves and special wood smoke shavings from camping shops without actually burning wood. That may suit your design better - I'm not sure... o_O

My 2 cents worth on pizza stones....I dont rate them!
I had one for a while and seemed to do an ok job until some cheese spilled over one time and oil out of the cheese soaked into the stone. Then every time i cooked on it the oil leached out and made my pizza base soggy. I went back to the drawing board and thought long and hard. I thought, what do the true-blue pizza shops use? round alluminium Pizza trays was the answer and I have never looked back since. Every base now is perfect and I just cook mine in my BBQ with the lid down with the tray on the grill or hot plate. My other tip is to sprinkle polenta on the tray before laying the dough down, it never sticks! :chuffed:

And for smoke, i got a small cast iron box that i put flavoured wood chips in when I slow cook lamb shoulder or pulled pork on the BBQ. Sit the box on the flame and it just smokes away. Awesome.
But if you're using wood as the heat source then it should all be automatic for you Stevo. I'm not sure of the best wood either as I just use stuff from the camping shop like Mark suggested.
 

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I got some steel the other day, 5mm plate for the door. I cut a vent hole in it and welded (tacked) hinges, handle and vent sliding door on it. Lots more work to do yet though. Now it's starting to look like a safe, or a prison door
 

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Mark

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Crikey that is solid! Looks like a square pot belly stove - I like it :twothumbsup:

Before I sold my place in Toowoomba I ripped out the pot belly stove and took it with me - got it down the back at the moment in our picnic area but I really only use it as a stand for my wok. Gave it a coat of kill rust pot belly stove stuff and it seems to be holding up ok.