Dan Paluska

make a clay oven (aka cob oven, mud oven, earth oven)
October 17, 2012, 3:45 pm
Filed under: art, howto, opensource

are you thinking about making one of these things? yes do it! it’s fun and generally very forgiving.


the oven: clay, sand, straw, fire bricks, tarp(for mixing the clay and sand)

the stand for the oven(plinth): one layer of something heat resistant like brick or sand. then some wood or stone to raise the oven to an appropriate level.

a roof is nice but not required.


clay oven build at monkshood nursery in stuyvesant ny made possible by cullen corley, severine fleming, david rowley, alise, leonora, hallie, santiago, cole, tusha, mariliana, and more i am certainly forgetting.


lots of other good examples online. look here for inspiration (https://www.google.com/search?q=clay+oven&tbm=isch)

here is cullen‘s timelapse of the build

key figures to remember :
1 part clay, 3 parts sand.
door opening is 60% of inside oven height.

i don’t think we were very exact in either of these and it worked out fine.

definitely go for it. it makes great pizza and bread and roasted vegetables and kale chips.

here are some more pictures…. Continue reading