Sunday, August 9, 2015

Case Study: My Outdoor Kitchen

My family and I moved to Georgetown, TX in September of 2014. We found a nice little house across the street from a 400 year old oak tree that Chisholm used to park cattle under back in the day.

Here's the front view of the house:
Here's the back view of the house:
Here's the 400 year old oak tree:


Here's what I decided to do:


The walls and roof are up in this shot:


I couldn't get the whole house into the previous picture. Note the temporary interlocking aerated concrete blocks in the foreground that I used for a firebox while planning my kitchen:


Here's a long view of the kitchen:


The sink and cutout for the wok range:


The Argentine Grill kit in a Santa Maria Style Firebox and a cut down version of our Restaurant Smoker. Instead of 13 briskets, I can only do 8:


A 97" X 33" steel table, made of 3/8" steel plate, which I have since lined with split firebrick. This fire table can hold a Uruguayan grill kit (54"X27") plus a chapa, and I can trade it out for a whole hog rotisserie whenever I get the urge:


I am almost finished with this project. Note that the wok range is sitting in a corner of the kitchen, and the propane tank on the smoker. I ran into a snag with natural gas, and the busy plumbers in Texas, along with the requirement that natural gas plumbing requires a permit and inspection. Now I know how my customers feel when they are trying to complete an outdoor kitchen, and some snag or other delays them.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Touching Up A NorCal Ovenworks Grill

Our Argentine Grills are painted with the best paint we can find, but due to excessive government regulation, we cannot ship paint to a customer, even by Fedex Ground. HOWEVER, when you need to touch up the paint, YOU can order small quantities from several places, and these registered "hazardous shippers" can ship small quantities of paint to you.

The paint, in we use, in spray can form is AW Perkins 90AW 1400ºF Stove Paint Spray - Black, and it is available from several places. I am listing several of them because one supplier or another may run low on stock, from time to time.

Supplier 1: http://www.amazon.com/AW-Perkins-1400%C2%BAF-Stove-Paint/dp/B007AW06E6/ref=pd_sxp_redirect

Supplier 2: http://www.comfortmarket.com/twst5213.html

Now, a few words about surface preparation........

Degrease the area that needs painted, TSP and water is probably the best way. Then, rough up the area to be painted with some sand paper, so that the steel is shiny. Again. make sure the surface is absolutely clean, and spray the paint lightly. Apply a second coat rather than applying a thick coat. 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lunchtime at NorCal Ovenworks Inc.

I have been living in Georgetown, Texas for a while now, and my wife and daughter discovered a Pizza Restaurant and Beer Garden at the edge of Old Georgetown, TX. This is their list of beers on tap:

Beers on tap at 600 Degrees Pizza and Beer Garden in Georgetown, TX
Beers on tap at 600 Degrees, Pizza and Beer Garden in Georgetown, TX
It is my intention to have lunch at 600 Degrees weekly, and while there, I intend to have a slice of pizza (1/6 of a 24" pizza) with an interesting topping. The slice of pizza will be washed down with 10 oz. (my lunchtime limit) of beer. I hope to document my impression of each beer on the list.

April 4, 2015 Saturday Lunch, just before weekend shopping. I ordered a slice of anchovie pizza and a 10 oz. glass of 512 Cream Stout, a local Austin beer. The beer was soft, with a slight sweetness and a light taste of hoppy bitterness. No molasses taste in this stout! Michelle had a gluten free pizza ans a glass of Strongbow Cider.

April 8th, 2015 Wednesday Lunch. I ordered a slice of anchovie pizza and a 10 oz. glass of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout. Another soft stout, this one with a touch of molasses sweetness, and a lack of bitterness. I resolved to try another topping on my pizza next time.

April 12th, 2015, Sunday lunch with my wife.  I ordered a slice of pizza with sausage topping and a 512 Black IPA. The IPA was full bodied with massive bitter, and I wondered if I liked it, but unlike the two Stouts I was able to sip and savor before the pizza arived, and after, the 512 Black IPA was gone in a heartbeat, leaving me shaking an empty glass and mourning. Michelle had the "Royal" gluten free pizza. An Udi's crust, topped with hamburger, red onion, bacon, and cheddar cheese, this pizza tasted so much like a bacon cheeseburger that I applauded! Boo hiss on the sausage on my pizza. It was ok, but nothing compared to anchovies. I told them I will be bringing an egg with me next time. Maybe I can have an anchovy and egg pizza slice?

April 19th, 2015, Sunday lunch with my wife. I ordered the Bluebonnet Brewery's Cream Ale and a Royale pizza slice which is a cheesburger pizza, hamburger, bacon, Tillamook cheddar, and red onions are the toppings. Time for some more pictures.

Tatooed pizziolas. Note since we are in Texas, EVERYONE has a beard. While it might seem strange or second rate to have pizza slices made, topped with the desired topping, and then reheated, the reality is that the crust gains crispy texture when twice baked.
Bluebonnet Brewery Cream Ale
Royale Cheeseburger Pizza



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Another Argentine Grill Kit Installation

Gabriel, of Fort Worth, Texas called and asked for an Argentine Grill Kit with side brasero for his outdoor kitchen. The grill is in a slightly non-standard size. I just got his pictures today, and wanted to congratulate Gabriel on his new outdoor grill island. Nice job!

Argentine Grill Kit with Side Brasero and Emberguard installation closeup
Close-up, the masonry firebox and backsplash/windguard of this Argentine Grill Kit with Side Brasero and Emberguard looks nice!

Outdoor kitchen with Argentine Grill Kit in Texas
Stepping back, the masonry firebox and backsplash/windguard of this Argentine Grill Kit with Side Brasero and Emberguard with enough countertop space to actually cook on, and the final touch, rustic wooden doors make this outdoor kitchen installation a standout!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NorCal Ovenworks makes Argentine Exhibition Grill Kit for Last Man Standing Set

A restaurant in Chicago sent me a picture of an Argentine grill kit, and asked if we could make one in black steel, as the one he had in stainless steel had some design issues, and did not work. I agreed, and drew one up for him, it looked similar to the SS grill, except MORE MASCULINE! 3 days later, I got a call from Patrick Lees, the set designer of  Last Man Standing (a TV show starring Tim Allen), who sent me a picture nearly identical to what the restaurant in Chicago had asked for. The question was, can you make something like this, but in black steel. The answer was, yes, but the design is a little different. In addition, he needed to have room for some special effects, as this grill is installed on a TV set, not in a home or restaurant. I sent him the drawings meant for Chicago, we talked about some modifications, and he said he needed to get approval for the quote. He called me back on Monday, gave me a credit card, and two weeks later, we delivered the grill to Studio City, CA.

Argentine Grill for Last Man Standing Set
The Argentine Grill Kit is installed in a brick hearth, with a beautiful hood above it.


Wood Fired Exhibition Grill for Tim Allen Show
Note that this Wood Fired Gill is split, and has front facing wheels.



NorCal Grill Kit in Exhibition Kitchen
Here's the Restaurant for Last Man Standing. NorCal Grill Kit is shown in Exhibition Kitchen.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ushuaia Argintinean Steakhouse in Santa Monica, CA


One of our newer customers.

48X34 Argentine Exhibition Grill at Ushuaia Argentine Steakhouse
This is a NorCal Ovenworks 48X34 Argentine Exhibition Grill. The customer has not put the bricks in yet.
Note that the grill is constructed of Individual 3/8" Square Rods. A searing machine!

Mixed Grill at Ushuaia Argentinean Steakhouse in Santa Monica
Yummm. I'm pretty sure this photo was taken previously, the sear is a little more pronounced with the 3/8" Individual Square Rod Grates. Niced mixed grill, someone left off the mollejas, but the chorizo, morcilla, and short rib are there, my favorites.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Announcing our new line of Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills!

We are updating our line of Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills to models more in keeping with authentic Brazilian Churrasco, meaning that our new line of rotisserie grills will have a larger space between skewers, and skewer design and caapacites more closely aligned with Brazilian churrasco. In addition, our new design features an adjustable skewer blade length of between 17.7 and 23.6 inches, which is closely alligned with grill sizes in America.

NorCal Ovenworks 15 Skewer Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grill
NorCal Ovenworks 15 Skewer Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grill

NorCal Ovenworks 11 Skewer Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grill
NorCal Ovenworks 11 Skewer Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grill

NorCal Ovenworks 9 Skewer Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grill
NorCal Ovenworks 9 Skewer Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grill

Simple Skewer for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills
Simple Skewer for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills

Triple Skewer for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills
Triple Skewer for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills

3 Basket Grill Kit for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills
3 Basket Grill Kit for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills 

Chicken Liver Basket Grill for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills
Chicken Liver Basket Grill for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills

Multi-purpose Basket Grill for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills
Multi-purpose Basket Grill for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills
Fish Basket Grill for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills
Fish Basket Grill for NorCal Ovenworks Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grills

NorCal Ovenworks Tabletop Skewer Holder
NorCal Ovenworks Tabletop Skewer Holder

Our wall mounted, built-in Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grill with gas infrared burners.
Our wall mounted, built-in Brazilian Churrasco Rotisserie Grill with gas infrared burners.

NorCal Ovenworks 30 Chicken Gas Rotisserie Roaster
NorCal Ovenworks 30 Chicken Gas Rotisserie Roaster

NorCal Ovenworks 20 Chicken Gas Rotisserie Roaster
NorCal Ovenworks 20 Chicken Gas Rotisserie Roaster