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How to Build a Wood-fired Earthen Oven (A Low-Cost Project)


Reducing the amount of technology you depend on is beneficial for your resilience plus both for your health and that of the environment. A lot of us love to spend time in nature so a way to cook in nature will surely help enjoy the time spent there.

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Wood-fired earthen ovens are easily documented all the way back the ancient Romans. Likewise, they are easily documented in archaeological evidence and first-hand accounts from the 18th Century. In this video you’ll see how easy it is to build one.

You will require the following list of materials: sand, dry clay, straw or dry grass (even hay works), bricks (fire bricks are preferred), canvas tarp (to mix your cob together with), and of course water.

The project you’re about to mimic has a dome of 22 inches, 6 inches thick walls and an entrance of 12 inches across. As you will see in the video tutorial, the work resembles playing with sand on the beach; at least in the beginning.

Follow the rest of the instructions and all will be good. Enjoy your pie or bread in your own earthen oven!

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