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caliking 12-02-2012 09:18 PM

I broke my tandoor... but fixed it!! [pr0n]
 
I broke the UDT some time ago by firing it too hot... whoda thunk that burning a stack of wood in it would break it (okay fine, maybe a tandoor FULL of wood was too much).

Anyways, the temps must have been crazy, because not only did the clay pot crack every which way, but the refractory cement holding the top layer of bricks in place basically flaked off.

First the lid cracked...
http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0692.jpg

Then the rest of it went south...
http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0693.jpg

You can see where the top row of fire bricks lost its cement.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0696.jpg

So I went to hunt for a new pot. luckily I found one at HD on sale for about $25. It is about 21" high, 23" diameter at the top and about 14" diameter at the bottom.

I cut off the bottom, to form a lid ( that will become the top of the tandoor) and then cut off the top rim (which will become the bottom once I invert the pot into the tandoor). This time I was able to make much cleaner cuts with a sawzall, than I could when I first built my tandoor. It looked like this after my handiwork.
http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0697.jpg

Then came the hard part. I removed the cracked pot, saving the perlite insulation I had between the pot and the drum.
http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0934.jpg

Used premixed fire clay to patch up the top row of bricks and fix the pot to the bricks. I may have goofed here though - I sealed the rim of the pot to the bricks. i don't know how this will stand up to the high heat and then cooling down of the tandoor. I'm afraid the pot will crack again, but only time will tell.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0936.jpg

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0938.jpg

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0939.jpg

Then I picked up a 24" square piece of diamond plate to make the new collar for the top of the tandoor. I tried an aluminium collar before, but didn't like it. Tried a plywood collar and burned it. So I decided to go all dressy this time.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0941.jpg

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...6/IMAG0940.jpg

And there you have it brothers! The UDT is back and ready for more action... well once the fire clay dries and I light a couple of small curing fires. I'm expecting guests over the Xmas holidays, and there have been requests for tandoori chicken and naans, so I hope the repairs hold.

Yendor 12-02-2012 10:29 PM

How fire resistant is your hand from making naan? And do you make it the traditional way? Awesome build/repair, hope it all works out.

AussieTitch 12-02-2012 10:54 PM

Nice fix
Do you have a build thread at all?
Cheers.
Titch

Dirtbuddy 12-02-2012 10:55 PM

Look forward to seeing that bad boy in action! Nice repair too ;)

Phubar 12-03-2012 03:54 AM

Nice Phix!

caliking 12-03-2012 10:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yendor (Post 2287037)
How fire resistant is your hand from making naan? And do you make it the traditional way? Awesome build/repair, hope it all works out.

Yes and yes! Somehow the hair grows back. Here is one pic of naan made on the wall of the tandoor.The pic was taken just after it was stuck on, so it looks a tad anemic. Wife makes the dough and sticks em on and they usually turn out great.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/at...1&d=1335152895

Quote:

Originally Posted by AussieTitch (Post 2287054)
Nice fix
Do you have a build thread at all?
Cheers.
Titch

I did have a build thread, but did not have any pics of the actual build process. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help. Here is a link to the post describing the build in detail:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...1&postcount=21

And the thread (longer, but has some good info interspersed):
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...t=76637&page=2

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dirtbuddy (Post 2287058)
Look forward to seeing that bad boy in action! Nice repair too ;)

This is a cook done some time ago:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=131326

And another from last year:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=121170

chicagokp 12-03-2012 11:37 AM

Glad you fixed it. Can't wait to see what you cook up for the holidays!

AussieTitch 12-03-2012 01:57 PM

Thanks for the links mate.
now for some reading.
Cheers.
Titch


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