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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.

    2. http://www.instructables.com/id/Garba...

      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: http://bit.ly/9mnYCO

          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 !

              2. First of all, a "REAL" Indian from a rural area probably isn't on the internet, browsing Chowhound. :)

                Also keep in mind that tandoors arent something every Indian household has. It's either communal (in rural areas), in rich people/royalty's backyards where the servants go out and prepare the food, or in restaurants. Most people do not eat tandoor cooked foods on a regular basis.

                That being said, my brother had a tandoor shipped from India about 3 years ago. It's a simple clay tandoor, about 4 feet tall, drum shaped. It's an oil drum coated with the clay with a lid on top. It cost about $500. That was by having my brother's work colleague, who was based in India order it and have it shipped over on a work-related pallet. Took about 4 months to arrive. Tandoors in the US are expensive, as you've found, because of the size, weight and cost to have them shipped over. If you don't want to spend all that money, you should look into similar alternatives, like a pizza oven or large clay vessel.

                1. Bump.

                  Just built this yesterday. Turned out great.

                  Not difficult if you have a hand grinder and can use it fairly well. That's needed to cut the firebricks to fit, cut the bottom off the pot, and cut the side opening in the metal.


                  I used a 75L (20 gallon) galvanized can, 2" sand on bottom, six heavy 9"x4-1/2" fire bricks for floor from wood stove store, eight lighter 9"x4-1/2" fire bricks standing upright to line walls (ie taller than in the plan gives more space), fitted another partial fire brick along wall above side opening, and used a 14" diameter heavy Italian terra cotta pot.

                  All in cost about $120.

                  Think it will be great for hanging and roasting char siu too !!

                  1. I suspect achilles007 already solved this, but I liked this video: http://lifehacker.com/5910363/build-a... It looks fairly easy and reasonably safe.