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Category: DIY Projects & Instructions

Dry Aging and Curing Chamber – the Beginning

We’ve got a very good steak restaurant here in the area and they display their dry aged meat right in their entrance hall (see above). Well, so they do know how to make you hungry, but to me this is also a subtle hint to plan a new project… 🙂

So after some reading and information gathering (just about a year or so…) I got myself an old fridge from ebay classifieds – and slowly but surely I’m losing trust in my fellow earthlings. The guy sold me shit, it worked for 5 minutes then broke down and I had to rewire the electrics.


A New Cold Smoke Generator

I am in the northern germany refuge right now (which I appreciate so very much!) and to my astonishment I realized that I don’t have a cold smoke generator up here… what a shame. So I made one from the materials I had lying around here and it seems to work just fine. I’m planning on smoking some salmon the next days (which somebody promised me to deliver), and I hope it’ll meet my requirements. Here’s the summary.


Homemade Butter: How To

I read about this in my doctor’s waiting room in – I shit you not – a women’s magazine. Mediterranean/French style easy homemade butter! They adressed several different seasonings and further uses in the article, but the basic procedure is always the same. All you need is a food processor and half a liter of heavy cream (get the real enchilada: 30% fat). After having my TBE shot, I knew what I had to do…


Firewood Splitter

Yes, I know. Mankind has invented Axes for a reason. But sometimes, special tools make up for a better solution for certain situations and mine is making kindling. Small, slim pieces of wood, cumbersome to handle when you want to place the blade of your hatchet and simultaneoulsy get your fingers out of the way. So a kindling splitter is a useful tool and it has it’s justification. Here’s mine:


Barrel Pizza Oven DIY, Part III, Finale

It was good a day today, the oven worked beautifully! The thermometer read 370 °C, which I don’t really believe but which tells me the thing got blazing hot. This was – in all seriousness (not only because I’m excited right now) – very good pizza. See part I and part II of the process if you like.


Barrel Pizza Oven DIY, Part II

Pizza oven progress! The cracks and holes that I wreaked when welding are filled with heat resistant silicone, and it got a coat of heat resistant paint. I also ordered an additional joint for the chimney that I’m still waiting for, so the chimney is only fastened temporarily. Also, an oven door is still missing because I need new material (I fucked up the old one…)


Barrel Pizza Oven DIY, Part I

I was pondering a pizza oven for over a year now and now that the second lockdown in germany kicks in, I impulsively started working on one. Since I’m not a mason and since I definitely won’t start practising masonry with the most complicated structure – a dome – I decided to go for a metal drum instead of bricks.


Router Trueing Jig

I watched this video on YouTube (german language, but it transports the point) and wanted to make such a jig. I’ve got some rough oak tree slices in the northern germany refuge and I want to make a chopping board from one of them.


Rebar Wire Twister Tool

I want to attach some wooden reinforcements to the raised bed’s paling fence in the northern germany refuge. While refraining from using simple zip ties, I will try rebar wire. Here’s the tool I want to to do it with: A simple attachment for the cordless drill, easy to make and for zero costs.


Indoor Grill tested

Well, tested outside for safety reasons 🙂 . But the grill worked fine! The heat it generated downwards was absolutely tolerable – I could hold my hand between the grill and the baseplate for several minutes without discomfort, and the coconut charcoal indeed produced almost zero smoke. Next test will be indoors.


 

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