Still a lot to do but slowly everything is coming together. I love it so much.
The “coal in a flowerpot”-idea really didn’t work at all, so here’s what what I came up with instead last weekend:
I tried it with a 3-cm-vermiculite board from the hardware store and some heat-proof cement. Here’s the outcome – it still has to cure a little (according to the package) and I’m curious how it’ll work out. (See the other parts of the process if you like: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV)
I finally finished the smoker for the northern germany refuge that I was longing for for so long! It’s design is loosely based on the “munich smoker” at home (see series parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and in action), but with a few modifications, adjustments and additions. But first, some images:
It was really not a pretty sight when you came home and the first thing you saw were three dirty trashcans in front of the house. So we grabbed all the remaining pallets from the garden and turned them into a screen to cover the trash. It’s a simple construction made from five regular euro pallets (in diffenerent states of decay 🙂 ) screwed together with simple metal brackets.
It’s not completely done yet, since we plan to additionally cover it with a wicker fence from the hardware store, but it is already an improvement.
Since the Lady of the House was so excited about all the tall trees in the northern germany refuge, I made her a stance that she can sit in and observe things from above. Precisely as she likes it.
It consists of a wooden potato storage box from the hardware store that I reinforced a little (my pretty lady is a little heavy) and a simple board. I reinforced this one as well so it won’t flex so much in the middle. It’s mounted on a height of approximately 2 meters with two shelf supports and that’s it.
The old tin garage we had in the northern germnany refuge was well over its time. It even had to be reinforced by two construction supports inside and it was rusty, full of holes, leaky and completely askew. Pretty normal after twenty years of being subjected to the elements. It was ok.
So we decided to tear it down and build a new one, but after much pondering and conceptioning on how to do it best, we eventually ended up handing the task to a local company that we know very well. And after seeing the first 50% of the work being done, we’re that glad that we didn’t try this on our own:
It took them three days and about 10 wheelbarrows of concrete to set up the structure. The ground is very uneven and the soil is hard as rock here, so they really had to work like dogs to get everthing done. Now we’ll have to wait for 14 days for the concrete to cure decently, then the bwork can continue.
A friend of mine has purchased this heavy, high-quality and sturdy gadgetry for him and his family: A Broil King “Regal 490” gas grill. Although I, personally, like grilling or BBQ over blazing coals far more, I have to admire the cool and easy to use thingy he just bought.
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