The big masonry kitchen project shows its face again

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Some of you might remember this. 2-3 years ago, I came up with the mad idea of building a huge-assed [17+’ wide] masonry wall of kitchen awesomeness in my back yard. Did all the research. Drew all the plans. Had them approved by the city and the gas company [crossing a gas line, not because anything’s gas fuelled]. Then, decided that tackling it the year we had a newborn in the house was likely not the responsible thing to do. So it got shelved.

I then built ‘the temp‘, re-purposing the stack of cinders and bricks intended for ‘the big project’ to make them less in the way and more useful. Turns out the temp was a resounding success. 3 hour time investment gave me a wood oven and wood fire grill that will have lasted 15 months or so. But alas, the heat took its toll on the pavers in the design [see photo top left], which has compromised the structural integrity, as well as the usability of the temp. The temp will be seeing its last day standing today.

Which leaves me with two masonry-wood-fire projects. 1 – the big project. The shovel has hit the dirt to dig foundation. I have no idea when I’ll finish, but am taking the first steps in the journey. Keep telling myself Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s a bit daunting, but very exciting. 2 – the temp 2.0. I need a setup in the interim built elsewhere in the yard where it won’t be in my way. I believe it will be a cob oven and smaller wood grill. We’ll see what comes of that project. I see muscle soreness in my future.

2 Comments on “The big masonry kitchen project shows its face again”

  1. Sherri

    We are VERY excited to see your project come together! We’ll be anxiously following your progress… My husband and I have been reading through the archives of your blog to learn more about wood fired brick ovens and we have been really impressed with your cooking/smoking experiences. I have a post on freecycle at the moment to request reclaimed/old brick/blocks and am asking around, so hopefully over the next few months we will collect enough to make our own project come alive :) Thanks for the time and energy invested in your blog – you have inspired us and taught us tremendously useful skills (not to mention you have helped us find amazing local food). Cheers and happy brick laying!

  2. Marcus

    This looks really great. I have something similar in mind, but with a smoker tagged onto it as well. Looking forward to updates on your progress!

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