However, as usual there was other stuff that happened before we lit the fire.
The neighbour who gave me the half bag of ballast was also throwing the original oak gate posts from his house out. These houses were built in 1921, so by implication the posts are 90 years old, and the trees would have been considerably older. Tony was going to cut them up and add them to his bonfire.
This is what I carried home.
Cut down the length once I had dug out all the old nails and screws left me with this after I planed all the sides.
The idea was to cut two good sections from them and to add to the top of the wooden lintel to cover over the concrete lintel which was cracked and had sagged when fitted.
Nicola decided the look was much better just fitting one half, including the section that had rotted in the ground over the years.
While I was prepping the wood, Nicola set out the mosaic on the preparation surface, to be cemented down tomorrow.
FAST FORWARD to the preparation of the food and specifically a small loaf of garlic and cheese bread, not the fast hand movements.
While prepping the oven for action, I also made a "door" out of an old woodsaw which had gone very blunt a ling time ago.
Fire was started in one of Nicola's baking trays, donated by the kitchen cooker. After the baking of this first loaf, a few things became apparent..... I need a larger area of coals under the oven, and all the gaps need sealing to keep more heat in. The next time I will also preheat the oven area for at least 20 minutes before putting the bread dough in. Tonight the oven was really at optimal operating temperature only by the time the bread came out.
Note the apron, again a suggestion from the boss. At this point the fires were just settling down.
Impatience..... my Forte.
I used the old grid from the Webber and some bricks to contain the fire and heat. I hope to hear on Monday what the stainless grid and frame is going to cost me.
What I cooked..... Bread numbered as 1. Also did ribs, Sweet Thai Chilli chicken strips and Cumberland sausages.
Fire below oven needed a bit of stoking to het loaf browned off.
Resulting in this:
Lastly a pic of Harley on security duty, to make sure no one came over the fence to steal out food. She loves climbing this structure and seems to think she owns it, as she helped build it.
Thats all for now folks, I trust and hope you enjoyed the journey.
Tonight we were invaded by 4 Germans on their way back from Santa Pod in their Classic Fords. Led by Thorsten in his V6 Taunus Transit bus. Followed by a 3.4l Ford Essex powered 1977 Granada, and last, but the one I wanted, a Ford 26M with V6 power as well.
After a couple of hours chewing the fat, it was time for a drink and some food.
Aaahhhh yes, of course, we have a purpose built BBQ !!
The guys were quick to get the German delicacies out, light a fire and start BBQ-ing.
Nicola and Daniella stayed indoors and did much for international relations and TV watching.
Fire and food prgressing nicely.
Thorsten, and I think Ralf donated all their quality BBQ coal to my worthy cause, THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!
After dinner and a few beverages, we all settled in the lounge to chat and allow the cats to roam all over us.
Being midnight now means it is way past my bed time, as I have a plumber/gas man in at 08.00 am to remove my gas stove and extractor (for legal reasons mainly) so that I can start rebuilding part of the kitchen and fitting a 6 burner stove and large extractor fan.
i don't post very often on here, but I'm always on having a look around, and i have to say that your level of skill and creation is mind blowing. you seem to know how to take a seemingly large pile of nothing and turn it into something extremely magnificent, cool and manly.
well done to you buddy, i hope you enjoy the fruits of your labour for many years to come.
I don't post very often on here, but I'm always on having a look around, and I have to say that your level of skill and creation is mind blowing. you seem to know how to take a seemingly large pile of nothing and turn it into something extremely magnificent, cool and manly.
well done to you buddy, I hope you enjoy the fruits of your labour for many years to come.
Thanks Messenjah, and Lewis123.
As you know, one just gets on and does stuff.
Recarouk, you have got it in one, wrt to my "philosophy"
I love to take unexpected stuff and turning it into something usefull.
There are many other people on here who are as capable and much more, but who do not post up, I just enjoy the sharing and learning from others, so feel the need to share.
Right, a quick unrelated post, but thought it was worth sharing.
When I married Nicola last year, we had to combine 2 homes into one house.... trust me, not an easy task, we gave a way boxes of crockery, cuttlery, pots, pas, furniture and appliances, as the house we had bought came fitted with all white goods and then some.
The guy who bought my house wanted my range cooker, but was not prepared to pay even £50 for it, so I thought stuff it, and brought it along to our new home, as it only had an older 4 burner..... thinking I would do a quick swop once moved in.
Loads have happened in the mean time, including the BBQ build, painting 90% of the interior in new colours, and painting the whole pebble dashed exterior with a 50mm brush (trust me, it was the only way to do a colour change again)
On Monday at 08.00am, Tony, my neighbour 8 houses down who is a gas plumber and electrician came in to remove the old gas stove and change the 6 burner to Calor gas, which runs different jets and pipework to the mains fed stove that was in the house. (This is primarily for insurance purposes)
I helped him, and still did everything that was not legally binding and then some.
This is after the old cooker and extractor were removed by us.
I had to move a small top cabinet around to the window and break out part of the old one and reduce the worktop where the old cooker was.
Electricals were a bit of a problem, with the extractor connected to the lighting circuit, and the cooker to a mains line. Some cutting and reconnecting later, we had the lot on one line and recessed.
I then plastered the lot over with quick set plaster, and shut the old extractor exit hole, leaving the new one to be set up with ne kit.
Once dried, I used floor tiles and a 3D border (Nicola did not want all the tiles removed and replaced) to make up a splashback.
After which I loosely fitted the extractor fan and pipework. Connecting mains tomorrow morning.
This is how far I got tonight, Nicola has asked me to continue the border around the top, which will look much better than the original plan. I will then straighten and screw down everything.
After wrapping up, I made a quick BBQ dinner of beef burgers, chilli chicken strips and Naan bread which goes amazingly well with a BBQ.
Now going to sit down and try watch a bit of TV, something I do not do too often.