This is a common question, so I thought I would share the answer with a video. But if you haven't got time for the video, then the answer is 3 minutes 15 seconds.
I am always being asked how easy is it to light the Tandoor - well the video below will show you just how easy it is. Note I have no special grid at the bottom or air pumps, I just drop the coals in, light and then walk away.
We can't stop using the new Tandoor, and for the last two nights it has been Moroccan night. This time we decided to cook vegetarian kebabs. With this we had roasted courgette and apple salad with oranges, served cold, but the flavours went perfectly. With this we had a warm chickpea salad with onions and paprika. There was also feta mixed in with this. Naturally we had couscous with a warm tomato sauce, a special recipe made up by Annabelle.
Oh and we had some chicken at the end, but that was because we had to cook the meat.
Posted a new video on cooking Chicken Tikka in the new Tandoor. The chicken cooked a lot better in the new oven, and I was surprised how moist it was. Anyway here is the new video:
The new flower pot Tandoor is performing perfectly, the only trouble is we keep eating too much. You always want to cook just one more kebab or another naan. So here is a taster of the results, and the videos will be up within the week.
Anthony share with me these pictures of his Tandoor in action after watching my video. I think these pictures are really cool, and just think you can do this in your garden as well. CLICK HERE He also shared some details on his build, the outside pot is 50cm and inner pot 30cm. He also added a grid in the bottom to elevate the charcoal and improve the air flow.
Hi Anthony if you are reading this I tried to reply to your YouTube post, but when I went on the site it had disappeared. Well I just wanted to say thanks for sharing, and I hope you have many happy years with your Tandoor.
A common question I am asked is what size pots did you use for the Tandoor. For the original small Tandoor, the measurements were as follows:
Outside pot = 33cm high x 37cm diameter at the top.
Inside bottom pot = 11cm high x 16cm diameter.
Inside top pot = 20cm High x 16cm diameter.
Now this size Tandoor is good if cooking for 2-3 people, but if you are like me and have 4 members in the family, you need to scale up. I have recently brought the pots for Tandoor number two, as can be seen in the picture below:
The pot sizes this time are:
Outside pot = 52cm high x 52cm diameter at the top.
Inside bottom pot = 22cm high x 27cm diameter.
Inside top pot = 25cm High x 27cm diameter.
From the emails I get most people go to DIY stores to buy their pots, but I prefer Garden Centres as there is a lot more choice. I decide on the big pot first, and then walk around placing smaller pots inside until I get the best fit.
Thanks for the site, built your tandoor oven and am delighted with it.
Just a note to say I found vermiculite at Travis Perkins builders merchants for £16 a 100 litre bag, which I thought was reasonable and you might like to share this with your readers. ( I have no connection with Travis Perkins)
I am going to build a pizza oven this summer and have been considering using the vermiculite mix you recommend for the oven base as the heat insulation around the bricks as this would be considerably cheaper than an insulation mat? Any thoughts on this?
You are a star Tim!!
That is a great price for Vermiculite, and I have a Travis Perkins 1/2 a mile from me. I have to get some more for my next oven and I was going to order it from eBay. Tomorrow morning I will pop over to Travis Perkins, and yes I will share this with my readers.
As for using the vermiculite mix on the oven wall, I think that is a good idea, and one I had been thinking about for my next oven. It is going to be a lot thicker to get the same insulation properties, but I would expect it to be easier to work with. Putting the render over the chicken wire and blanket was very time consuming.
Thanks for the feedback and let me know how you get on with the pizza oven.
I get lots of positive feedback from people around the world who have made Tandoor oven. I am sharing the feedback I got from Guy this week, because one it shows how easy it is to build this Tandoor, but he also give a good tip.
I cannot believe how simple it was to follow your instructions. Within 30 minutes my oven was completed. I had to use an angle grinder rather than a saw - I see that you now recommend this. The other slight change I made was to make the top flowerpot fit outside the bottom. This way no sand or vermiculite can find its way inside the lower pot. This also had an unexpected advantage of providing a ridge half way down should you want to rest the kebab skewers slightly up from the heat.
Thank you very much for such an excellent idea. Various family members are rushing to Homebase as I write to get what are remarkably cheap bits of kit so they can make their own!
Thanks Guy for the feedback
Well what can I say?