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

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

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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.

5/8/2011 5:34:10 AM

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

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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