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 $1399 gas powered crap these american companies want us to fork over for something of equal quality par that the indians make of regular and better use everyday thats not even 1/18th THAT price.
I would just like something authentic, that doesnt burn a hole in my wallet. any REAL indian from some of the more rural areas PLEASE feel free to comment.
How about a large clay pot from garden supply, buried in the back yard, and heated with a charcoal fire in the bottom?
"I find it hard to believe that Indians from these indigenous tandoor areas are spending as much on these things..."
They either use a community-based oven, or do without.
That said, check this: http://bit.ly/9mnYCO
Definitely a step up from the garbage can / oil drum tandoors...
the Tandoor typically costs US$ 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.