Cob Oven

18 Apr

Cob oven is a traditional heat-retaining oven used for ages around the globe. It can be also called clay or earth oven and to make the heat we burn non-fossil fuel inside. Thermal mass of the oven will accumulate heat from the fire and once we are happy with the temperature or the fire is almost out we sweep out the ashes and start baking whatever we want to eat.

Cob oven make the best pizzas and breads or you can make a roast feast. How long you can cook depends on the amount of heat the mass of the oven can retain and how long the fire was burning. This needs a bit of practice, but it is definitely worthwhile.

All you visitors will be blown away by your original cob oven and subtle taste of real fire in your food.

The best part is you can make your own with little or no money. You don’t have to be too lucky to find clay subsoil next to your house and other ingredients are straw, sand, firebricks. You make your baking sessions easier if you build the oven on a fireproof platform. It is not complicated at all, but I recommend to visit a workshop like this one. If you are brave enough just do some web research or get book on the subject or you might discover some of your friends has experience.

Use your imagination to make a beautiful oven sculpture and inspire your friends to make one in their garden as well…

Beautifying cob oven

Resources:
Low-impact Living Initiative (LILI)

Build Your Own Wood-Fired Earth Oven

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