I built your tandoor (brilliantly easy, although I had to use sand as there was no vermiculite nor perlite in my part of the world - the hone supply store suggested asbestos or styrofoam, I went with sand), and now I'm facing a conundrum: how does one go about lighting it? Through the hole in the bottom? Do you just put kindling, wait till it's going, then dump coal on top? I realize it shouldn't be so hard, but it's my first non-gas BBQ - thanks in advance!
PS - anyone else in my boat, learn from my biggest mistake: newspaper is terrible kindling and makes an insane amount of smoke. My neighbor ran over with a bucket of water
Sorry Mandeep, I missed this post earlier, but here is a video on lighting the Tandoor - http://youtu.be/BNEu3V-5-Yo
I built your mark 2 yesterday. Amazing, works like a charm. I used an additional pot at the bottom instead of the ring for better insulation. Also vermiculite is pretty expensive, at least here in the US, and accounted for 50% of the cost. And since it is so light that I'm afraid a strong breeze will blow it away, so I'm thinking of topping it off with wood chips. Probably someone who hasn't invested in vermiculite can try using wood chips instead and cut down costs. I avoided getting the outer pot from Home Depot based on the report that it cracked. Instead I was able to get a $50 pot at one of the specialist pot place. And now I have to buy tandoor skewers. BBQ skewers are just not good enough for this. Well done and thank you.
I'd like to know if the size of the clay pot is importanI? I have made a tandoor with a large pot, but it doesn't seem to be getting hot enough. I think I've lit it correctly, so wondering if the size is the problem. Any ideas?
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