So there we all were, out on the CIIE lawns, soaking up some of that warm winter sunlight when our CEO is struck by a wave of inspiration to build a Wood Fired Oven.
He figured it would be a great team building/bonding exercise, a way to get the entire team to dirty their hands and create something together, something they could be proud of, a creation of theirs. And also, of course, an excuse to make some crazy delicious thin crust wood fired pizzas.
For those of you who don’t know, our CEO is an amazing chef, a natural with food, so the idea obviously appealed to us. Pass up a chance to eat some food cooked by him? NEVER!
There began our adventure of building a Wood Fired Oven from scratch.
We did some research and found that we need the following:
- 50 fire bricks
- 2 3ft x 3ft stone slabs
- Empty glass bottles
- 10 kilos of sand
- 10 kilos of clay
- Some hay
and free flowing water for mixing the last three raw materials together.
After speaking to some people in the construction business and placing an order for procuring the raw materials, we got to scouting the campus for some bricks that we could use for creating the base of the oven.
A few innovative techniques were employed for carrying the bricks, like making use of the office skateboard. Although a few people did crib about us dirtying the skateboards.
We ended Phase 1 by setting the base, the rest of the raw materials arrive in office tomorrow and we intend to complete the Oven in a single day this weekend on 26th January.
Stay tuned to Phase 2 of this adventure..