Clay Tandoor Oven

Building a clay oven tandoor in your backyard can be a rewarding project, but it requires careful planning and consideration of safety measures. Here’s a simplified guide to building a basic clay oven tandoor.

DIY Clay Oven Tandoor

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Materials Needed:

  • Clay/Mud: You’ll need enough clay to form the body of the tandoor.
  • Sand: Sand helps in preventing cracks and improves the heat resistance of the clay.
  • Straw (optional): Adding straw to the clay mixture can enhance insulation properties.
  • Bricks: For creating the base and possibly the inner lining of the brick tandoor oven.
  • Metal Grate or Mesh: For the cooking surface inside the tandoor.
  • Water: For mixing with the clay.

Tools Required:

  • Shovel: For digging and mixing.
  • Wheelbarrow or Mixing Container: For preparing the clay mixture.
  • Trowel: For shaping and smoothing the clay.
  • Level: To ensure the tandoor is upright.
  • Wood or Cardboard: To create a template for shaping the tandoor.


  • Choose a Location: Select a flat, stable area in your backyard for the best clay tandoor oven.
  • Create a Base: Lay a foundation of bricks to form a stable base for the clay tandoor oven for the home.
  • Prepare the Clay Mixture:
    • Dig up clay from your backyard or purchase clay from a supplier.
    • Mix the clay with sand (and optionally straw) in a wheelbarrow or mixing container.
    • Add water gradually until you achieve a workable, dough-like consistency.
  • Create the Tandoor Shape:
    • Build a cone-shaped structure using the clay mixture on top of the base.
    • Use a template made of wood or cardboard to help shape the tandoor.
  • Inner Lining (Optional): Line the inside of the clay structure with bricks to enhance heat retention.
  • Drying: Allow the clay structure to air-dry for several days. Ensure it is completely dry before firing.
  • Firing:
    • Once dry, gradually introduce small fires to the tandoor, starting with low heat and gradually increasing.
    • This helps to further dry and harden the clay.
  • Cooking Surface: Insert a metal grate or mesh inside the tandoor for cooking.
  • Testing: Test the tandoor with a small fire to ensure it’s heating evenly.
  • Enjoy Cooking: Once the tandoor is properly dried and cured, you can start using it for cooking.

Important Tips:

  • Ensure the clay is mixed thoroughly to avoid cracks during drying.
  • Be patient with the drying process to prevent cracks.
  • Gradually increase the intensity of fires during the curing process.
  • Always prioritize safety and be cautious when working with fire and clay.
Tandoor Morni offers a diverse selection of tandoors, including square, round, and rectangle designs. These tandoors are available in various sizes such as 32x32, 34x34, and 36x36, each boasting a height of 37 inches.
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