Build Your Own Wood-Fired Earth Oven

Build your own wood-fired earth oven and bake crusty breads, tasty pizzas and roasted meats. Includes diagrams and instructions for creating the oven floor and mixing mud.

| October/November 2002

  • Diagram: Determine your oven's size by deciding how many loaves, pizzas or cookies you'll want to bake.
    Diagram: Determine your oven's size by deciding how many loaves, pizzas or cookies you'll want to bake.
    KIKO DENZER
  • Diagram: Make a sand form for the oven.
    Diagram: Make a sand form for the oven.
    KIKO DENZER
  • You can build your own wood-fired earth oven using these simple instructions.
    You can build your own wood-fired earth oven using these simple instructions.
    PHOTO: KIKO DENZER
  • You can build your own wood-fired earth oven using these simple instructions.
    You can build your own wood-fired earth oven using these simple instructions.
    PHOTO: KIKO DENZER
  • Forming the oven step 1.
    Forming the oven step 1.
    KIKO DENZER
  • Forming the oven step 4, make a door.
    Forming the oven step 4, make a door.
    KIKO DENZER
  • Discover how cooking meats with wood fired ovens can produce a tastier cut of meat.
    Discover how cooking meats with wood fired ovens can produce a tastier cut of meat.
    MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
  • You can make better baked bread using wood fired ovens and even delicious crusty pizza.
    You can make better baked bread using wood fired ovens and even delicious crusty pizza.
    DAN WING

  • Diagram: Determine your oven's size by deciding how many loaves, pizzas or cookies you'll want to bake.
  • Diagram: Make a sand form for the oven.
  • You can build your own wood-fired earth oven using these simple instructions.
  • 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 fired ovens and even delicious crusty pizza.

Build your own wood-fired earth oven, with this easy-to-make oven you can bake crusty breads, tasty pizzas and even roasted meats.

Baking and Roasting Meats in Wood-Fired Ovens

Better Baked Bread Using Wood Fired Ovens
Cooking Meats With Wood Fired Ovens

How to Build Your Own Wood-Fired Earth Oven

Did you love to make mud pies when you were a kid? Even if you didn’t, you can still build this easy outdoor oven that works as well as a custom-built masonry or ceramic model. Cost? Next to nothing. Material? 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.

Follow the steps outlined below and you’ll enjoy crusty, chewy and richly flavored bread, pizza and other baked goodies in no time.



Preparing to Make Your Wood-Fired Earth Oven

Collect your shovel, a wheelbarrow and/or some buckets, a tape measure, scraps of lumber, a plastic tarp and kitchen utensils (for sculpting).

To start, prepare a base for the oven. If you’re going to use the oven a lot, you’ll want to build the oven floor at waist-height. Use what you have — rocks, broken-up concrete, logs, old metal barrels or even sawhorses. If you don’t mind working low, build on the ground.

Lya
5/8/2011 5:34:10 AM

This is by far the best guide on how to build a clay oven!!


Michael_82
1/16/2011 11:45:52 AM

Pack a hard HALL (50 to 100 pats), and drop it from chest height. It should hold together. If it doesn’t, ACID a little water. Perhaps they meant BALL and ADD? The editor needs to proof read the "spell checker" as it's adding "correctly spelled" words, but it's adding the wrong "correctly spelled" words!











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