Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Build Your Own Earth Oven

This is a book my son got me for Christmas. I would very much like to have an earth oven someday and this book definitely tell you how to build one. It seems a very simple process but I really think I will read over the whole book before I attempt it. Mine, however, would not be nearly as fancy as the one of the cover (there are some color picture inserts in the middle of the book that show earth ovens that are more artistic). I just want the simple earth oven like the one on page 33 of the book.
Although what I would really like is to have one with the fire underneath. It seems that is not as easy as one with a fire right inside and I'll have to read up on it some more. 
To make one of these you basically need sand, clay (got enough clay here in GA!), straw, glass bottles and water. You can use bricks, stone etc. for the bottom if you wish. You also need some way to cover it and keep it out of the rain, but a tarp will do until you find or build something else. 
The book also includes chapters on how to make your own mud bricks, making sourdough, cooking in your earth oven, other types of ovens and kilns, making utensils for you oven, etc. 
It's a small but very good book and I shall be collecting up materials to see if I can get one of these made.


  1. I have been looking at different styles of Earth ovens. Looks like a good reference and DIY book.
    Best wishes for the coming year. Good blog.

  2. So we can look forward to seeing you cook some good pizzas soon then?

  3. It will take me a while to get everything together. Sand is not exactly plentiful here and they only sell it in the spring but eventually I'll have it all together. I have some bricks already but will need more, and I believe I need fire bricks as well.

  4. This looks like a really cool project! I look forward to watching!

  5. Hey I made that oven, I'm glad you liked it.

  6. Hey I made that oven, I'm glad you liked it.

    1. You made the one in the picture? That's wonderful! I really do want one, still looking for the supplies.