So the tree guys are doing their business around the new house. Felling the dead oaks professionally and thinning out everything, so the other trees can grow better and strong again. I could never have done this on my own and without their heavy equipment and special knowledge. These guys are cool, they work hard and they know what they’re doing.
I decided to try to only smoke on the balcony from now on, simply because you smoke much less when you have to go out every time. Since it’s winter here and temperatures easily drop below zero, I dug out the old fire bowl that I made from a cheap dollar store Wok and some scrap metal two years ago. Still works fine and makes a comfy, cozy feeling on the balcony.
These are the plans for the outdoor pizza oven I mentioned in an earlier post. Still not sure if this will be the final version, but if not it’ll at least be close.
Since I’m not experienced with masonry, I don’t want the first try to be one of the most complex of all things you can make in this field: a dome. So I’ll rely on an oil drum cut in half as the round shape and then add alternating layers of concrete (portland cement) and insulation.
Can’t wait to try it out! I’ll post the building process as soon as I’m at it.
I have invested a lot of brains and thinking in this project and now I have the (semi-) final concept ready so far.
It consists of a working area with a storage underneath (left part), then the grill with a height adjustable grate and shutters on front an top to simulate a weber grill. Also, with a removable frame for inserting a roasting spit (middle part). Finally, my oil drum smoker contraption (right side) with a separate firebox. Since we found a real ton of bricks unexpectedly, I plan to build everything as brick walls and only pour the countertops from concrete.
The next step will be planning a wood fired outdoor brick or concrete pizza oven.
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Look at this guy’s pulled lamb! Looks so savoury I want to drown in it…
Now that I’m looking forward to have much neighbour-unobtrosive space in the yard, I’m planning to build an outdoor kitchen… or at least something the like 🙂 Here’s the first drawing. Most probably it’ll be changed, adapted or completely redrawn until I’ll finally build it, but this is the start.
More to come.
Signed the contract yesterday! I finally bought a house in a very beautiful, rural and quiet area in northern germany. Now imagine how fed up I am with the big bad city, that I – a cocksure born and raised bavarian – am at least partially moving up to the north… 🙂
I got myself an indoor growlight for getting my favourite self grown plants over the winter properly… Well, I don’t think this was my greatest flash of genius ever: First of all, the room looks like a cheap whorehouse now – I totally mis-estimated the light color. Second, it has a cooling fan with a low, but annoying sound. I’ll test it for a couple of days and then decide how I’ll proceed.
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