(OUR OVENS - BUILT AND TESTED BY US)
Our own hand built ovens, based around the 'Rocket Stove', are made from recycled food safe drums. We have developed an oven which is capable of extremely high temperatures and which we run at around 400 degrees Celsius. The rocket stove is well documented on the web and I am sure many of you will already be aware of its uses worldwide. It is one of our intentions to promote the rocket stove in any way we can to bring its astounding qualities to the attention of others. Our ovens contain a large amount of refractory material which allows us to run an oven very efficiently, using far less wood than a standard pizza oven. When our oven is up to temperature it is maintained using little more than a couple of sticks every few minutes.
This section gives you a bit more of an idea of what went into building our ovens and how they work. Take a look around the drum and hover over the yellow tabs to reveal some pictures and a bit of info on each section and part of the build.
THE NERDY BITS
THE COOKING SPACE
The cooking space is situated on top of the riser. Hot air is introduced and heats the refractory brick. Once the cooking space has been pre-heated the radiant heat from the brick maintains the oven temperature at around 300 degrees Celsius.
The riser is the heart of our ovens. This design is what enables us to get high temperatures with maximum efficiency. Using only kindling we are able to produce minimal amounts of waste by-product such as ash and smoke.
The feeder is where the wood is added and is the start of the riser. With this design the wood is burnt slowly using small amounts of kindling.
Access to the cooking space via the main door which is also insulated. The opening for the door is also acting as a lintel for the refractory brick lining in the cooking space.
The insulation in the ovens helps to reduce the amount of heat escaping the riser, in turn increasing the efficiency of the riser.
This is the start of our project in creating an oven made from using food grade drums. Each oven has a removable lid which enable the cooking space to be serviced.