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Build your own wood-fired earth oven, with this easy-to-make oven you can bake crusty breads, tasty pizzas and even roasted meats. Did you love to make mud pies when you were a kid? The Earth under your feet — one of the best building materials on the planet. And the skills you need are just the ones you were born with.
Build Your Own Earth Oven
To start, prepare a base for the oven. Use what you have — rocks, broken-up concrete, logs, old metal barrels or even sawhorses. Make your oven floor by setting standard red or fire bricks on a level bed of smooth, tamped sand, 4 to 6 inches deep. Used bricks are great, but should be free of old mortar. Set the first one level and solid. Hold the next brick level and just above the sand; gently kiss its long side to the long side of the previous one.
Set it down flat and firm. If one brick stands up a bit proud, tap it down to make it flush with the rest. Shape a pile of moist sand on the floor bricks. This can he any kind of sand, or even loose topsoil. Hold a level across the top; measure the distance to the floor to calculate the interior height of your oven. Multiply it by 63 percent 0.
Write this number down! Good oven building soil usually is found below the topsoil. It contains clay which, like cement, holds things together.
Use it straight out of the ground or mix it with sand. If you have nowhere to dig, look for construction sites, road cuts or river banks. Clay subsoil should feel sticky, slippery and a bit greasy in contrast, silt and organic matter feel floury and crumbly. Wet, you should be able to roll it into snakelike ropes and bend it easily. The mix is usually one part clay subsoil and anywhere from one to three parts sharp sand also known as builders or masonry sand ; pure clay subsoil also works, but tends to shrink and crack more.
Make a test yyour or two by mixing sand and soil. Dried, the bricks should be dense and hard with few or no cracks. A tarp makes mixing mud easier on your back 6-by-8 foot minimum; bigger is easier.
To mix, two people should hold opposite corners of the tarp and roll, but not lift, the mix from side to side. You also can stomp the mud while kiki boots or better yet, mix it with your bare hands and feet.
If you muck around in the mixture, be sure it is free of sharp debris. Add water a little at a time, then jump in and do the twist, breaking up the clay and mashing the sand into it.
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Dance until it starts to clump like dough for piecrust. Pack a hard ball 50 to patsand drop it from chest height. It should hold together. Cover your sand form with sheets of wet newspaper to keep the mud walls from sticking to the sand form, smoothing the sheets fiat.
Next, cover it with a layer of mud 3 to 4 inches thick. To maintain an even thickness, use the width of your hand as a gauge, maintain a clean, square edge on the layer as it arches up and over the form, and angle the top of the mud layer inwards as you go up see diagram in the image gallery.
If it sticks to the board, your mix may have been a bit damp and will need more drying time before you pull the sand form. After the first layer dries, you can add more layers and a fine finish plaster if you want. Scratch a line in the mud where the door will be, cut a hand-sized hole to start and dig a narrow channel into the form. Before you remove the sand form, the mud walls should be dry enough to resist denting when you poke your finger into them.
If your finger easily dents the mud, wait and let the mud get leather-hard. This can take days or weeks depending on the weather.
Then, carve out the rest of the door and dig out the rest of the sand form. Remember to stop when you hit the newspaper layer. Use a spoon, or smooth piece of wood or stone, to rub, integrate and polish the material until it seems right. More complex shapes and finishing require more mud material with additions like straw, manure, lime and Earthen pigments.
Make your oven into a sculpture, a hemispherical mural, a bench or a whole building, or keep it simple and abstract. A rain-soaked oven takes a long time to heat up, so building a roof — as simple or complex as you choose — will protect your oven from the weather.
But do not cover the oven with paint or cement! An earthen oven needs to breathe — trapped moisture will destroy it. To make your door, cut a paper template to fit the opening, then use it to cut out the door. You also can soak the door in water or line the back of it with metal kkiko foil.
The Cob Oven Bible: Build Your Own Earth Oven, 3rd Edition
To use the oven, build a fire in it and let the smoke come out of the door opening. Rake out the coals and begin baking, putting the door in place denaer hold in the heat. Kiko Denzer is a sculptor and oven builder living in Oregon.
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Make a sand form for the oven. You can build your own wood-fired earth oven using these simple instructions. Forming the oven step 1. Forming the oven step 4, make a door. Discover how cooking meats with wood fired ovens can produce a tastier cut of meat. You can make better baked bread using wood buils ovens and even delicious crusty pizza. Make a Form Shape a pile of moist sand on the floor bricks.
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