Woohoo! It has finally happened, the last brick is in and the dome is complete! Friday night DH lit the first small test fire inside the oven to see how it would go. Went great – only a small fire, but reached 250oC easily. We had friends come over for a feed and to watch (of course) and rang the neighbours over the road to come and check it out. Lots of oohs and aahs and “how long til we get a pizza”. We even turned on the fairy lights around the gazebo next to it for a bit of ambience. Gorgeous! He has done a fantastic job, especially for someone with no brick laying experience. Our friend’s uncle even thought he was a brickie!!
Last night we lit the second fire, a bit bigger this time and it went up to 340oC. He is a clever boy – even installing a probe thermometer through the wall during construction so we can keep an eye on the temperature. He is now going to put 3 layers of render over the top with vermiculite in the second layer as extra insulation, and will tint the final layer an earthy reddish brown – think Uluru at sunset. Once that is all finished, I get to have my turn with the decorating. Originally I was going to do a mural…but, as we live in a little hamlet called Nana Glen, named after the 2 tailed lizard (a naturally occurring mutation of a very common lizard that the local Aboriginal tribe call Nana), I am going to attempt to make a large 3d sculpture of a 2 tailed lizard draped over the dome of the oven. Come on, since when did I ever go for an easy, subdued option – it has to be over the top or not at all!! (Kinda like my cakes lol). Hopefully I’ll figure out how to do it as I go along as I have never attempted sculpture before except for a mammoth head out of foam rubber for a play in high school (and even then I had an art teacher helping!!) I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and post them up as I go. I am also thinking I might do a bit of a write up on DH and how he built the oven as we took lots of photos along the way, right from the laying of the slab and the kids imprinting their handprints!! It even has wood stowage underneath!
So, Tuesday night is our very first
pizza night! I am going to try out a new recipe for the dough to celebrate, and now I have to start thinking about what toppings – they have to be special as occasions don’t come much more special than this! I am SOOOOOO excited!!