Building a tandoor - what type of clay to use and...
Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:40 PM
For start, my questions are:
1) What type of clay to use (I was thinking about low fire clay with lots of grog... not sure about the grog part)
2) Do I need to mix something else in to the clay?
3) Do I need to fire the completed pot in a kiln? (if yes, at what temperature)
Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:18 PM
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:46 PM
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:19 AM
BTW, cones are meaningless over here. Not a single pottery shop sells "cones" (they actually sell very few useful things) and I have not met anyone who actually uses cones in electric kiln. Honestly.
I'll just get some local low fire groggy clay and use what ever temperature is recommended on the bag.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:01 AM
full article at http://www.nytimes.c...wanted=all&_r=0
Mr. Levy’s first innovation was to fashion the body from a blend of earthenware and stoneware, the former chosen for its modeling and expansion properties, the latter for its ability to withstand high heat without cracking. For porosity (an essential quality so that flatbreads can cling to the oven’s inner walls), he added finely ground fired clay, known as grog. For insulation and extra strength, he developed a clay and vermiculite mixture that could be baked onto the exterior of the pot.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:17 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:54 PM
Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:28 PM
From my experience in Uzbekistan I'd say this oven is made from a refractory castable just by examining the construction and how it is built into the wall. There could possibly be a large ceramic pot built into a permanent position covered with a concrete type of material. The bread is baked on the wall til it drops. A ready hand catches it.
I am amazed at 64 downloads of the center photo. If anyone wants details to the location, contact me.
Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:50 PM
If anyone is interested, I am posting a video of how tandoors are made in Uzbekistan and Turkey. One of them is however in russian, the other is in turkish, but i think the narration in this case is not important :
I too really want to build one, but I am far from being a specialist in ceramic and I do not know the terminology. I bought some firing clay and this is what was written on the label:
Albaster Fine Firing Clay.
Firing clay cone 04 to 2. Shrinkage of 8% and porosity of 4% at cone 02.
Do you think this material would be suitable to build a Tandoor?
Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:17 AM
Wonderful videos. Thanks for sharing the links.
I am curious as to what was the white, fibrous additive that was used at the end of the second (2/3) video.
Looks like it was used as a finishing coat on the tandoor.
I cant tell you exactly because I dont speak Turkish. But from what I can see it is cotton fiber. But I know for sure that in Uzebakistan, they add goat or camel wool to the clay. The wool is used to solidify the clay, so there will be no fissures. After, when the tandoor is fully heated, the wool will burn and you will be left with micropores that will help with the heat conducting in the oven.
Do you have any recommendations for the clay?
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