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Sep 17, 2010 07:52 PM

Tandoor Oven

not looking to spend much (no more than $200). and not looking for anything hi-tech or any of that other gadgetry nonsense

and to be truthful-- I find it hard to believe that Indians from these indigenous tandoor areas are spending as much on these things, as some of these tandoori places are requesting of us to spend over here (i.e. thousands)

With as many rural hard-on-their-luck places in India whom have these simple things installed near them, these things should either be dirt cheap to get or dirt easy to make/install. none of this $1399 gas powered crap these american companies want us to fork over for something of equal quality par that the indians make of regular and better use everyday thats not even 1/18th THAT price.

I would just like something authentic, that doesnt burn a hole in my wallet. any REAL indian from some of the more rural areas PLEASE feel free to comment.

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  1. i'm thinking portable charcoal Thai Stoves

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    1. re: achilles007

      Okay. I am intrigued. What are these, and where do i see one?
      Thanks. Sounds like my satay might just get better.


      You could also fashion one from a terracotta sewer pipe (new of course)

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      1. re: chefj

        Really inventive work in that video. As I recall, this approach (cutting off the bottom of a large terra cotta pot and inverting it) was taken in simpler form by Alton Brown in some Good Eats episode, using a Weber charcoal kettle.

      2. How about a large clay pot from garden supply, buried in the back yard, and heated with a charcoal fire in the bottom?

        1. "I find it hard to believe that Indians from these indigenous tandoor areas are spending as much on these things..."

          They aren't.

          They either use a community-based oven, or do without.

          That said, check this:

          Definitely a step up from the garbage can / oil drum tandoors...

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          1. re: Joe Blowe

            So if you can hire a mason and a welder at well below market rates, you can get a backyard oven at a rural Indian cost.

          2. the Tandoor typically costs US$ 250.00 in india..brand new....add the wooden crete packing for another $40-$50

            inland cartage from the manuf. to the port $ 50

            Customs broker charges $ 75 per shipment

            Freight from India to US is the CHEAPEST freight costs around $ 40.

            US Customs x-ray exam fees and ISF bond charges $ 150 - 200

            US Wharehouse charges for Loading and unloading the containers and other charges $ 250

            This is a total of approx 500-550 in just the charges alone....+ the Tandoor cost...

            Thats what kills the PRICE TAG.....the cheapest you can find the Tandoor is $ 750-800 per pc.

            I hope this will help you and other viewers in understanding the costs.


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            1. re: dilawar

              Off the tandoor topic, but LOL at this. Last time we were in India, we bought a bunch of heavy stuff from 1 store and had it shipped. Arrived AGES later, incredibly well packed (well, quite over-packed), and we were aghast at all the extra charges we had to pay.

              1. re: dilawar

                Now that's very interesting. Nevertheless, supposing that I am an Indian person who does not have $750-800 for an oven and I just want to get my brother-in-law to come over and help me build one, how do I do it?

                1. re: Querencia

                  Jamie Oliver's design (see link below). 22" deep oven. Makes wicked good Char Siu too !