The Year of Mud offers a range of natural building workshops at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri for folks who want to get hands-on experience learning about building, and living a more sustainable lifestyle. Check out their 10 day Timber Frame Workshop this August, and their 3 day Cob Oven Building Workshop weekends later in the summer and fall. Early registration discounts are available on a limited basis.
There’s nothing quite like wood-fired bread and pizza. A wood-fired oven doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, either. A cob oven is a great way to achieve baking tasty food in your backyard for minimal expense, using simple technology that isn’t dependent on fossil fuels during building or use.
You need only natural and recycled materials for constructing a cob oven, and wood to keep it going, of course. Cob is a simple mixture of clay, sand, and straw. A cob oven encompasses many of my interests in one package: baking yummy food (especially pizza), cob building, wood energy, and the DIY philosophy. Not only that, it only cost me about $20 to build one. (The firebricks were the only significant cost at $1 each.)
If you have any interest in baking, especially tasty bread and pizza, or baking without propane or other fossil fuels, check out Kiko Denzer’s Build Your Own Earth Oven for complete details and how you can get started! I cannot recommend it enough.
To see the full post on how to build your own Outdoor Cob Oven, visit The Year of Mud.
About our guest…
Brian “Ziggy” Liloia has been maintaining The Year of Mud since 2008, when he began building and documenting his first cob house. Since that time, Ziggy has worked on several other natural buildings, including his current timber frame and straw bale home with partner April. When his feet aren’t covered in mud or trying to keep his keyboard free from it, Ziggy enjoys gardening, cooking, daydreaming about food, woodworking, keeping chickens, constantly pursuing the simple life, and planning for the next big project with April. The Year of Mud can also be found on facebook, with regular news and updates.