So I made my own contraption which seems to work fine and the first result is promising – now I’ll wait a week or so, monitoring the vacuumed jar and see if everything meets the expectations.
Do – one! The first test took place when it wasn’t even completely finished and I already liked it so much. Enough space to work and mess around, a comfortable height and all the little accommodations I like when having a barbecue. Of course there’s still room for improvement (an LED light, brackets for a sunshade, etc.), but that’s peanuts and there’s no hurry for that 🙂
The next steps working on the BBQ-table, although the constant rain and moisture make it hard to proceed decently. I hope it doesn’t simply rot away before it’s finally finished. At the moment I’m pondering on a height adjustment system for the kettle grill. I also discovered my miter saw’s right angle is a bit off, so I’ll have to fix that too somehow 🙁
I found a variety of fresh onigiri in the fresh food counter at the local asia market and of course I had to get myself one. They’re yummy little snacks, just the right size and convenient to eat on the road. I like those, I want more!
I made an oshibako for making molded sushi a couple of years ago (slightly under-used as I have to admit), so I crafted another mold, just for onigiri.
Unfortunately, we had to fell five of the many oak trees on our property over the last two and a half years (for various and indeed sensible reasons) – this wood is still stocked here in the garden, drying and waiting for being used worthwile.
Now I read an article from someone that I really deem a “grill master” these days and he stated that solid and reasonable firewood is a more beneficial BBQ fuel than every store-bought coal or briquettes available. Light it up, let it generate glowing embers and use it to grill. So far so good, cooking meat over burning wood is not so much of a recent idea in human history, right?
Tentative progress on the new Dry Aging Chamber. I finished designing/planning the electrical wiring and now started the realization. I also made the necessary installations.
Made a fan and an air vent:
A 12V ⤷ computer fan will hopefully do it’s job inside the fridge, mounted with an angle of 45° and engabeable from the future control board on the top. A closeable ventilation hole with a mesh weave in the fridge’s door will allow for internal as well as external air flow.
A new project begins! Unfortunately, the last dry aging chamber I made didn’t even see real action before the second hand fridge I used to build it put it’s feet up. I found another pre-used and reasonably prized one on eBay classifieds now and I want to try again.
To ease things up a little I will omit some of the functionality the first one was planned to have, but rather keep the option of upgrading it later. A materials list will follow as soon as I have an idea on how to implement everything in detail. So here’s the state of play so far: