Well I feel a bit silly now...I've been watching River Cottage Aust on SBS lately and hadn't realised they'd abandoned it. What happened? Was the show just a front or did they genuinely realise they couldn't make a go of it? It had occurred to me in franchising the UK show, they should have chosen someone already living this lifestyle, instead of casting a chef into the role.Yeh Steve, here is a more recent youtube video where they cook in an open fire pit about where the mud oven used to be. You can see the table made from pallets is still there but the oven that used to be beside it is gone.
Also here's an aerial view using a street map software that shows a 2017 satellite photo. The gardens are mostly gone, the fruit trees are patchy & some of the animal pens are derelict. Although it looks like the new owner is running pigs down front of the house.
The oven & fire pit in the front yard are also gone.
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This thread reminded me of a Webber fireplace I once had , the construction I found interesting and thought provoking. It started with an upturned metal dish , this contained the fire , had a frame ( risers ) to hold another dish above the fire inverted as in a dome. When you think of it , a fireplace or brazier burns , heat rises and sucks in cooler air from around usually your back, sometimes getting close enough to stay warm cooks the front and keeps your back cold , not so with this one , the fire burns , heat rises hits the dome on top which pushes the heat out sideways , believe me it works a treat , could be an addition to your great fire pit Mark. To this end because you cannot buy them anymore , I picked up 2 satellite dishes cost $60 to build a lookalike there was enough surplus struts etc to be able to build at no further expense. For the riser I am trying the stainless steel drum from a drier , care of roadside pickup, repurposing don't you just love it , should work a treat , I'll post pics as I build and commission it. One other advantage was that the top dome could be lowered when the riser was removed and this effectively snuffed out the fire . Will start this project very soon if you are interested , happy camping and happy planting , cheers RaymondoIt's great Stevo, we're going away for Xmas but will probably fire it up around NY - it's had several uses and I'd say been a total success and I'm glad I built it.
One thing I will need to do is fill that gap between the bricks and rim with something other than just sand because the sand has sunk in places etc. I'm thinking of pouring in a perlite and concrete mix (I'll have to research how to mix that) as this is supposed to form a good firebrick and insulation - it might work better than the sand...