Earth Oven Drying Nicely

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  1. wardj2010

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    Just to share - used to think that these were all a bit too 'new earth hippy' but having been forced to use one during our trip to Sierra Nevada to cook chicken and pork just had to have one - can't figure out how to transport it though?
     

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    ideal for cooking children in .
    make sure you have a lock on the door .ha ha .
     
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    Presumably you could make one in situ as long as you had the right type of clay mixture (fire clay plus other bits?). Moving a large ceramic item like that would be a bloody nightmare.
     
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    vwalan - I do like children, couldn't eat a whole one though!
     
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    we do here in cornwall. hee hee.
    i had a mum ask me why i can get the local kids to sit quiet in a row crossed legs with their hands making a pointed slope above their heads .
    i said its the tagine game . (morocco cooking . )
    last one to stay quiet wins . first one to speak gets cooked in a tagine .
    the kids love it .
    they also play kneeling down with their hands by their ankles .
    thats the roast chicken game .
    if i get a broom handle out of the shed they run away . they dont like playing the spit roast game . ha ha .
    she said i was cruel and shouldnt tell the kids we will eat them .
    strange when my grand kids are here i always have a yard full of kids .
    they tell me their parents dont play good games like this .
    by the way have had lots of real nice morocan flat bread cooked in ovens like that one
     
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    The roast lamb done in a clay oven is to die for!!:inlove:
     
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    I've got a garden full of it. Anybody wants some, come and get it!
     
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    They are the classic pizza oven - cook in a few minutes.

    I would love one but don't really have the space in our new mini-garden.
     
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    Did you mold it over a dome of sand with a fire brick floor? Did the clay not crank as it dried?

    I'm interested to hear the details of how you made it.
     
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    All the old places around here usually have one. Mine used to. Most are mad using the clay earth along with straw ,etc; just as my house is built from Adobe bricks.
     
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    I built one in my garden about 6 years ago. Cost me about £30 as I used recycled timber from work, fire bricks from old storage heaters and clay from the river behind our house. It cooks a pizza in about 90 seconds and the taste surpasses anything you will have tasted this side of Napoli ! My son has cooked chicken and venison in it and I dried a load of tomatoes from my greenhouse using the stored up heat the day after a pizza party.
    There is a book called "Build Your Own Earth Oven" by a guy called Kiko Denzer, available on Amazon for £5.85 which will guide you through the process, well worth a read if you're contemplating one, and as for space, you can make it any size you want to suit your garden.
     

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    lots of how to build vids on youtube. Built on a stand of bricks would have saved your back though.
     
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    you can make them any size you want sume one I know has made one from a coal fire back and a sand stone slab plastered over with fire cement and quarry tiles and on a steel table on casters so he can put in any whar he wants
    bill
     
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    in cyprus a few years back
    saw one built on a wheelbarrow
     
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    jockaneezer has pretty much covered it - could not source SH fire bricks so bought new at £2 each but standard building bricks can be used - I followed Kiko Denzer online info by having inner clay/sand layer with external cobb insulating layer - as mentioned we have a terraced garden so just chose a tier and levelled a 4ft patch - my oven is 24 inch id followed online info for ratios
    With the rubbish weather at present drying is slow - I do not want to hurry it too much and risk excessive cracks, although cracking seems to be the norm? - will post when first lighting
    Trouble is with all the online stuff, you never know how it really turned out
     
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    Looking good Bill! How will you remove the wooden arching?:Smile:
     
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