Ooni Pizza Oven Update
Just over a month ago I bought an Ooni Pizza Oven, the Karu 12 Multi-Fuel. It was an impulse buy. But suffice to say I’ve eaten more than a few pizzas and calzones in the last month or so. I’ve been having so much fun with this thing but I want to share a few things I have learned along the way to any potential buyer of the Ooni. If you are a fence sitter and thinking about buying one I’d absolutely encourage you to do that. But there is a learning curve.
Buying an expensive stove, oven, stand mixer or any other kitchen porn won’t make you a good cook. Using your equipment a lot with study and experimentation will. There is so much to learn regarding a brick pizza oven like the Ooni. There are hundreds of posts on the Facebook forum alone regarding dough hydration.
Ooni Karu 12 Review
Ooni Karu 12
For a number of years I have fancied myself a bit of a good pizza chef. Mind you, I only made pizzas for myself and family and friends but I’m getting pretty good at it. My craft has evolved over the years. But I have really stepped up my game with the addition of an Ooni Karu 12 Multi Fuel Pizza Oven.
I want a giant kitchen with a real brick oven but at 60 years of age I’m probably in my last home. Over the last couple of years I’ve been eyeballing outdoor pizza ovens. The other day I was in a local Dick’s Sporting Goods store and I saw one in a store for the first time. They have always been sold out.
An employee came by and asked me if I was interested and I replied, “Maybe”. His response was “We can’t keep them in the store”. Okay, John, it appears the time to get an Ooni is now or never. I got just the oven and I sprung for one of their pizza peels as well. I have no beef with the pizza peel but I’m a woodworker and subsequently made my own wooden pizza peel. Probably should have just done that from the start.
There has been a story in the news the last week or two that caught my attention. And that story is the civil unrest in Sudan. I had one of those literal “Oh My God” moments that I’d like to share with you. And because the title of this website contains the words “Tech Blog” I’ll focus on some aspects of Bible Technology.
Ezekiel was a Hebrew prophet who wrote the Book Of Ezekiel. He was taken to Babylon during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. In Ezekiel 38 there is a war referred to as the Gog Magog War. As a Christian this conflict has fascinated me because quite frankly you can literally see the pieces falling into place. And this civil unrest in Sudan fills in one of those pieces. It is what inspired me to write this at 1AM in the morning. That in itself is weird. I felt kind of compelled to write this in the middle of the night.
The SHTF Scenario Happened!
Last night the unthinkable happened. I woke up in the middle of the night and grabbed my computer to catch up on the news and amuse myself. To my surprise the internet was down. Thanks Optimum! No problem. I’ll just use my cell phone for a hotspot. I went and found my phone and the network reported “SOS” instead of “5G” or “LTE”. My first thought was that the SHTF, finally. Where to turn now to see what is going on?
Everybody needs some screwdrivers, and in fact everyone needs a very small, basic tool kit at the very least. A screwdriver, pair of pliers, and a crescent wrench will save your day at some point. This blog entry is for the people that just need some basic hand tools and to provide a thing or two to think about before you spend your money.
I’ve spent a lot of time researching tools in the last week, and I’ve learned a lot about them. Who actually owns the companies, where they are made, and how they hold up. I’ve seen comparison videos where devious engineers design devious tests and then stack them up against each other. While I greatly appreciate the study, thought, and application of those tests, it just isn’t relevant to 95% of the population.
I’ve seen untold forum posts of “What Screwdriver Should I Get”. Believe it or not the most common answer seems to be………..”Get something you can afford and don’t look back”.
The reality is that uber quality just isn’t necessary for most of us. Then again, I’m not most of us. I made my living using tools and a lot of people do. I subscribe to the theory of “That Many People Can’t Be Wrong” when it comes to tool recommendations. So let’s get on with the recommendations.
I’ll get off the tool train soon and back to my regularly scheduled programming soon as I managed to FINALLY snag a Raspberry Pi 4. They’ve been next to impossible to get for about a year or more now.
Anyway, you can’t be a Tech Blog Geek without good tools. That’s really all there is to it. Over time my tool needs have evolved in several different directions.
After my first stint in the Navy I got a job at an FAA Repair Station. Obviously my mix of tools were aviation related and we had one specific issue where tool handles needed to be chemical resistant due to the use of a commercial hydraulic fluid called Skydrol. Even if you had a decent set of Craftsman hand tools those handles would get all sticky and melt.
Fast forward a few years and I’m working for the government who provides me tools at work but I’m starting a family and need basic home tools. Not much use for a pair of safety wire pliers around the house. So I retool as much as I can afford to.
Then I move to Japan and put all my tools in storage. While I once was an Aircraft Structural Mechanic I somehow evolved into an Electronics Tech Rep. Time to retool again.
Now I’m retired but I have lots of electronics hobbies, not to mention I have a camper, and all manner of Maker gear and by that I mean a Vinyl Sign machine, 3D printers, lasers, and a CNC machine. My tool needs are way different again. About the only constants along the way have been screwdrivers, socket sets, wrenches and pliers.
Wera Tools calls their users and fan base “Tool Rebels”. I generally don’t fall into hype like that however, I recently picked up a few Wera Tools after having owned a screwdriver set for years.
I think it is safe to say that I’m a Tool Rebel!
Let me issue you a challenge. Look at hand tools that your father used, or your grandfather used, or look at some antique tools. Not a whole lot has changed. Screwdrivers are roughly the same, socket sets are roughly the same. No one has tried to improve upon these designs. But Wera has some very unique engineering upgrades to these common items.
Just look at this Zyklop ratchet. This is the first ratchet I’ve seen with an ergonomic handle. At best they usually have some rough pattern for grip. Also the head detents at several different locations. You can set it to 0 degrees and use it like nut driver then when you need to apply some torque you can detent to 90 degrees like a normal socket. Or you can detent it to 15 degrees which gives you that little bit of clearance on the handle end just like a box end wrench. Brilliant.
So does that make Wera the best tools on the planet? My answer is very situational. It depends on what you use your tools for. You’ll get a very different answer from a lifelong auto mechanic than you will get from the retired guy who just needs to honey-do a few things around the house. Consequently an electronics repair man is going to have much different requirements than an appliance repair man.
When I was among the employed I always maintained a small tool bag of my most used tools rather than carry the giant hard size case of crappy tools that work provided. Now that I am retired I still need a go bag of tools but clearly the mission has changed. I’m no longer the Aircraft Visual Landing Aid Tech Rep who worked on the light arrays that give your pilots a visual glide slope reference.
Now I’m the guy who goes from the house to my workshop or who runs to friends or families houses to help with more household chores. Bear in mind that this bag gets you from the truck to the house or shed. You can always go back to the truck for the 10 lb. crescent wrench.
Red Oxx Lil Roy
In my opinion, canvas bags are the only way to roll for your tool bag. Tools are heavy. Your tool bag doesn’t need to add to that. Even though this isn’t advertised as a tool bag, my favorite bag for a small tool compliment is the Red Oxx Lil Roy EDC bag. It is almost perfect although I do wish it were an inch or two longer. Are you listening Red Oxx? Red Oxx bags are THE BEST. They cost a few bucks but I have never had one let me down. Carrying screwdrivers and other sharp things will expose a poorly made bag the first few times you toss it down or when it slides off the seat of your pickup truck.
My Lil Roy bag has nary a tear or defect after years of repurposing it as a tool bag. I love this bag so much that I got a couple more of them. The Olive color that I have the (stock) pic of hides dirt pretty well. After years of use my bag still looks pretty snappy. I’m not kidding when I say this bag has been through a lot and it still looks almost brand new.
Years of use.
I lived in Japan a whole lot of years and didn’t really have a full compliment of tools with me over there. When I got back to the US in 2015 or so I realized my tools needed an upgrade for the new house that I had built.
When I first moved to Japan in 1996 and again in 2003 I’d have been willing to bet the answer to the question “what are the best screwdrivers” had two answers. Craftsman, and Snap-On.
Oddly enough when I stared doing the research for best screwdrivers in 2015 neither one of those brands was even in the top 5 or 10 of most websites.
I’ll spare you the research I did and tell you what I decided on. Wera Tools. But I bought them from Amazon, and specifically this set. At that time the set was $45 and of course now it costs $53 because that’s the way life is.
Wera Screwdriver Set
I travelled the world with these hand tools and stored them in a canvas “go” bag and probably abused them as much as a fella can.
6 or 7 years later the tools are still in great shape and most importantly of all none of the tips are worn or broken.
And while I know this is very subjective the Wera ergonomics are exceptional for me. Actually they are just a hair slick however with a drop of sweat or two on your hands they really begin to grip like no ones business.
I’ll keep this blog post short and sweet. Wera Tool Screwdrivers are simply holding up after my years of use as a Field Service Tech Rep.. I like them so much that I just bought a Wera Ratcheting Screwdriver as well and I love it too.
John’s Tech Blog highly recommends Wera Screwdrivers.
Sorry for swiping your line, Jimmy Buffett. Anyway, here it is. 2:40 AM on 5 September, 2022, sixty years since I was born in Evansville, Indiana to Ray and Nancy Hagensieker.
And what a ride it has been. Sorry to those of you looking for a Raspberry Pi or computer dalliance but it is my blog ?
I won’t bore you with a mass reflection backwards but I have a few things on my 60 year old mind. And I suppose before I start I should say that my time here has led me to a good place and without question I believe that I am blessed beyond belief. And that those blessings come from God. And what is even more baffling to me is that I probably don’t deserve any of them.
I’m 100% convinced in the God of the Bible and I’m 100% convinced in the presence of REAL and ACTUAL evil in this world. And I can kind of plot how I got there which is kind of interesting in and of itself. If you are inclined…..please read on.