Thursday, November 15, 2012

The wood oven project

At the end of our verandah now stands a wood oven and an open fireplace.  The natural stone looks as if it has stood proudly in place forever and smoky smell has already seeped into our surrounds.

Earlier this year we deliberated over a family holiday to King Island or an outdoor wood oven and the wood oven was the eventual winner.




We were fortunate enough to cross paths with a man who calls himself Ossie.  He is almost 70 and has been bricklaying since he was 15.  Ossie is the quintessential Aussie character,  full of stories and knowledge collected over a colourful lifetime of manual work, fishing, family and mateship.  Put simply he was the perfect man for the job.

The construction took longer than we expected but what we now have is a structure that has been built by hand from the ground up.  The stone, which was collected from a ruin on our property will be a constant reminder of the history that surrounds us.


On the night the job was finished we lit a small fire in the oven and cooked a simple meal of grilled homemade sausages and beef ribs served with salad and sourdough.  In amongst the concrete dust and rubble Annabelle spontaneously picked a bunch of roses for the table.  We had a few drinks with Ossie and reflected on bricklaying, beautiful stone, life and the tenderness of the beef ribs.


We have copper pipes within the roof of the oven to heat water.  We also have plans for a smoke box within the chimney to smoke food with.  Already our new infrastructure is proving to be very versatile.

There is something special about cooking with fire isn't there?
It is really about getting back to basics with cooking.

20 comments:

  1. The stone work is stunning.
    I'm sure you'll get plenty of use from the wood oven. You'll have to start a new segment on wood oven cooking and recipes.
    x

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  2. Wow, now THAT'S a brick oven alright - it looks ENORMOUS! I love that the stones have come from your property - such a great way to "recycle".

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  3. Okay - I now have SERIOUS wood oven envy! LOL

    You bread looks amazing btw
    xo

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  4. Oh Jane this really is a lovely work of art. So practical for you, and great to have the stone from your property too. Sounds like a Win-Win situation I think!
    cheers Wendy

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  5. Very cool Jane. All the hard work has paid off. I love the door on your oven! Can't wait for a demo and some tip sharing. Kx

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  6. What a great addition, Jane! Bet you'll bake some amazing loaves in there!

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  7. Practical and beautiful. Looking forward to some wood oven cooking tutorials.

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  8. jane, how beautiful. it looks so timeless - like it's been there forever. you must have such pleasure using it and just being there. wonderful.

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  9. Jane the oven looks amazing, certainly doesnt look 'new' looks like you guys built around it as an existing structure from many years ago! You will have one jealous cousin when i show The Driller this blog. Well done guys. Will have to stop by one day on our way to/from The Hill.
    TDW

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  10. That is incredibly awesome. Much wood fired oven envy here!

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  11. That is the most beautiful oven I have ever seen Jane and I think it's so lovely your family chose an oven over a holiday. Ossie sounds like a great old bloke - he's certainly a fine craftsman. Stunning.

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  12. Wow Jane! How lucky you are. Your oven is absolutely gorgeous. The food that will come out of there will be amazing. Oh and the pizzas!!!! Good for you :)

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  13. That oven looks amazing. I like the history of the stone attached to it - makes it even more special. I can smell the pizza and bread, YUM

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  14. Jane this is so special. Wow how lucky you guys are to have a beautiful wood oven like this. Your first dinner from it has me salivatiing. Love that it includes a stone from a ruin on your property and the beautiful flowers your daughter picked for the table..just beautiful.

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  15. What a wonderful experience to have Ossie make it for you. This is truly a family gift that will bring years of joy and community. Such a beautiful idea. Yum!

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  16. What a fantastic project Jane! The oven looks wonderful and I'm sure your family will enjoy many delicious meals and experiences as a result!

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  17. Oh my goodness Jane. What a masterpiece. Breathtaking. Seriously amazing. I've just called Sam in for a look too and he's equally impressed.

    rachel xo

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  18. COMPLETELY FAB! All of the above comments! xx

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane