For some time we have been planning the installation of a Nectre Bakers Oven. We have a ready supply of timber at my parents property which was felled years ago, and a few other sources which we feel quite happy to use from a sustainable perspective. We chose the bakers oven over a regular fire so we could utilise the heat for cooking, boiling the kettle, cooking soups, porridge etc and thus saving electricity. We also have a wet back on it that is yet to be connected but which will provide us with (technically) free hot water. We have been on a STEEP learning curve about how a wet back works but are confident now that we have covered all our problems. The biggie being that a normal hot water service is high pressure, and a boiler needs to be low pressure which means you need height to acquire pressure... when all your pipes are under the house and you cant fir the boiler in the roof... well lets just say there were a few sleepless nights. I have conceded defeat and given up my linen cupboard which although inconvenient as I have no where else to put anything, it does solve our problem and subsequently gives me a slightly bigger laundry - confusing I know, it will all make sense once its done and I can show you some photos!
Anyway, we managed to buy our oven a little cheaper from a friend who had purchased a couple during a sale and lucky for us now had a spare.
Mr HMH used his fledgling tiling skills and whipped us up an awesome slate hearth and my cousin, The Munchkin and I raided a local beach for some rocks and I made a little detailed border along the front.
I am really, really happy with how it has turned out and I can't wait for the wet back to be working. Mr HMH and a friend are welding a wrought iron full cage with a gate to my design and that will give us a safety barrier for little hands... and silly puppy dog tails.
Genevieve can't quite fathom the whistling kettle, although when it is on the electric hot plates it doesn't worry her at all - funny girl!
I am enjoying experimenting with the oven. The heat is a little inconsistent but when its hot it is perfect for pizzas etc. I toasted a batch of rio granola in it but forgot how hot it was and nicely blackened the top layer - oops! Luckily I was able to save most of it :)
Even though the oven sat uninstalled for most of Winter as our guy was really busy, Tassie weather is still cold enough to justify having it on most days - so Winter continues inside our house, even if Spring is smiling at us outside.
Till next time,