How to Make an Authentic Handmade Tandoor Clay Oven

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A tandoor clay oven can reach high temperatures and cook a variety of foods. Prebuilt tandoor ovens are expensive, but you can save money by building your own. The process is simple and requires a few basic items, but you should always take the utmost care in sealing the oven because the heat of the oven reaches dangerous levels. Never touch the oven after you start the fire as it could cause serious burns.

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Things you need

  • Pot
  • Drill
  • Sand
  • Fire clay tile
  • Flowerpot
  • Angle grinder
  • Wet fire clay
  • Powdered fire clay
  • Tandoor oven top panel

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  1. 1

    Purchase a deep metal pot that is 17-inches wide and 2-feet tall. Scratch the outside of the pot six inches from the bottom. Drill a four-inch wide hole into the side of the pot just one inch above the six-inch mark on the side of the pot.

  2. 2

    Fill the bottom of the pot with six inches of sand. Place recycled fire clay tiles on top of the sand. Press them down lightly so they sink into the sand.

  3. 3

    Purchase a flowerpot that is 17-inches wide at the top and 1 3/4-feet tall. The bottom of the flowerpot should slope inward slightly. Cut three inches off the bottom of the flowerpot using an angle grinder.

  4. 4

    Drill a 4-inch wide hole one inch from the top rim of the flowerpot. Set the flowerpot into the metal pot with the wide side of the flowerpot touching the firebrick below.

  5. 5

    Rotate the flowerpot inside the metal pot until the holes in the flowerpot and metal pot meet up. Coat the seam between the fire clay tiles with wet fire clay. Coat the space around the holes in the pots with clay so that the holes in the pots remain open and there is a tunnel between the two holes in the pots.

  6. 6

    Fill the area between the metal pot and the flowerpot with powdered fire clay for insulation. Level out the insulation so there is one inch of space between the top of the pots and the layer of insulation.

  7. 7

    Cut a piece of sheet metal into a doughnut shape. Cut it so it fits between the inside edge of the metal and the outside edge of the clay pot. Set it in place between the two pots so it shelters the insulation between the pots.

  8. 8

    Cover the top hole of the oven with a tandoor oven panel.

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