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…and finally…

We were out late tonight, so I shall fob you off with one last picture of our inglenook: the old bread oven.

It’s in the upper right corner of the inglenook. One of these days, I’ll have to put a camera on a pole and get some proper pics of the interior. You can’t quite make it out, but it’s a sort of beehive shape on the inside.

The way it worked, you’d shovel hot coals in to warm it up, then brush them to the sides and put your loaves in middle and shut the door until they baked. I see no evidence of hinges, so the door was probably just a wooden shutter sort of thing.

Note the bottom right bricks have crumbled away, we suspect where the wooden paddle (called a peel) was inserted to move the loaves.

Thus ends a week of sperging about my inglenook. Good weekend, all!


Comment from BJM
Time: September 28, 2018, 11:58 pm

Can it still vent? That would make a terrific pizza oven. Jamie Oliver has a series of videos on cooking in wood-fired ovens.

I made the sliders in potato skins …oh my word it was good….of course you could make this in a gas grill or BBQ kettle too.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 29, 2018, 12:24 am

Right upper corner? I dont see it. Do you have to stand in the fireplace to access it? Sounds dangerous!

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: September 29, 2018, 12:33 am

Pizza ovens today work the same way.

There’s also an adobe oven used in rural New Mexico, called a horno, that’s much the same.

Comment from AliceH
Time: September 29, 2018, 2:51 am

The inglenook week was great, which inspires me to suggest recurring “sperge weeks” of other bits of weasel manor. Say, a week of weasel’s workshop (mouse update?), uncle badger’s garden, weird architectural flourishes (attic, roof, etc). Just a thought.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 29, 2018, 10:56 am

Second on AliceH’s excellent idea!

oh, and SNOW? Winter is coming!

Comment from BJM
Time: September 29, 2018, 3:29 pm

I third that idea.

Is Stoat Cottage wattle and daub construction?

Snow? We still be wearing shorts.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 29, 2018, 5:24 pm

I’m sure if you scrap off the “cake” from the sides of the oven and submit it for dna testing, you’ll find that it is from 1000s of small children who went missing in the woods.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 30, 2018, 4:11 pm


good that Ric didn’t say something like that just before her week of cleaning eh?

Heh Heh Heh 😛

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 30, 2018, 6:43 pm

Looks like a good place to keep a cask pint bottle of Amontillado in case Fortunato’s little brother comes by.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 1, 2018, 6:25 am

Good point! Weasel, you should store those bottles of, uh, liquid in there and then no one will think you folks might, uh, have too many bottles of that liquid stuff.

Comment from BJM
Time: October 1, 2018, 7:39 pm

Y’all notice with open enrollment coming up the scammer phone calls have really increased?

Welp, I usually just hang up and block the number, Then I saw this guy on YT. and now I’m wasting their time…it’s kinda fun.

I made one dipsh*t explain how credit interest rates work (he had no clue). Then I got off on a confusing tangent about him sending me a credit card. When we got that straightened out I asked if I could borrow $30 cuz I needed to make a payment on my Sears card. He called me a MoFo and hung up.

Another was trying to sell supplemental health insurance and I made her listen to a long convoluted story about an in-grown toenail surgery with my Obamacare Medicaid and made her jump through many hoops on before she finally twigged and hung up.

It’s mildly entertaining and whatever time I waste is less time they have to prey on the elderly. All those I’ve interacted with are Indian. I asked one guy if he was worried about bad Karma from stealing money from old people. He responded that Americans are bastards and deserve it. Seems quite a lot of them are familiar with the phrase MoFo.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 1, 2018, 8:45 pm

I don’t think there is a vent in the top, but I really need to get a camera in there. It’s no human-accessible – the opening is about a foot square and behind the wood stack.

In the stairway, where the walls are cracked around the edges, there’s some wattle-and-daub. And some horsehair. Most of the house has been redone and redone. I think the main walls downstairs are cement and probably modern cement. Doesn’t breathe worth shit and bloody cold in Winter.

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