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Category: Garden, Patio & BBQ

Planting Plan: Northern Germany Windowsill

So, having passed the end of February and the coldest nights hopefully being over, it’s time to start a new hatchery. This time on the northern germany windowsill and with the prospect of planting the pregrown seedlings into the new raised garden beds (there’s still some work to be done on them) once they’re strong enough:

I chose to sow sorts that are fairly simple to handle and rather uncomplicated, so I’d have good chances of them thriving well and being durable enough to tolerate my “care”. Some were just propagated from existing plants or their fruits, some others I had to sow and will grow them right from the start.


Baking Bread in the Pizza Oven

So it was the first spring-like day after several weeks of hard winter today. Moderate temperatures and a lot of sunshine. Beautiful! We fired up the pizza oven and found that it also doubles very well for baking bread.


H.o.a.S. – The “Hatchery-on-a-Shelf”

Well, the last idea, the “DIY smart garden” didn’t really work out as planned very much, but I don’t want to discard the idea. So, now, in the middle of winter, in january cold and lightlessness I decided to try another approach. This time, it’s some kind of a hatchery for growing veggies from seeds, a kind of an incubation chamber. I re-used the growlight I had left from the smart garden project, and crammed everything into a shelf compartment in the shop. This time I also made a cover, so the blinding from the growlight is minimized.

Let’s see how it works out.


Holders for Flame Grilled Salmon

They had some wood bbq planks on sale at the hardware store, so of course I had to snatch at the offer. I want to make some flame grilled salmon finnish style (“Loimulohi“) and I’m not willing to spend money on an overpriced plank-holding-contraption. So I had to come up with my own and this here is my shameless copy:


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.


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.


How To: Use a Charcoal Chimney

I have an acquaintance who has never used a charcoal chimney. He’s not particularly a BBQ-type of person anyway, but he wanted to know how it works. So I dug out my trusty old chimney, fired it up and used it right away to try out my recently made indoor grill.


 

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