When we moved into this house there were miscellaneous landscaping materials scattered about. One of the things we found were these bricks. They’ve been in several piles at various times. A few weeks ago, Charlie got one of his inspirations, and stacked them together into an outdoor oven.

He makes a fire in the “toe of the boot” (my description). As you see, the seams are daubed with mud, so the smoke, and much of the heat, are directed up the chimney. The food gets wrapped in foil and placed down the top of the chimney.

He’s cooked us several meals in this oven. The ribs especially were wonderful. And it’s very nice to have a hot meal without heating up the kitchen.