Category Archives: Alternative Building

Building a Cob Oven–Part V

We have not been idle since I last posted about our oven project 3 weeks ago. We completed the thermal mass dome, finished the chimney chamber, and got most of the insulation layer up too. We finally ran out of … Continue reading

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Building a Cob Oven–Part IV

This weekend was the grand dome-raising – we built the sand form for the oven chamber and started covering it in cob for the thermal mass layer. We ran into a few snags along the way so we didn’t get … Continue reading

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Building a Cob Oven–Part III

Another weekend, another step closer to having our own backyard oven. Today we added a layer of brick and cob for thermal mass. It will store the heat from the fire and then slowly release it back into the oven … Continue reading

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Building a Cob Oven–Part II

We made a little bit of progress this weekend, adding the base insulation layer. We used perlite with a bit of clay slip to bind it; and embedded glass bottles to economize on the perlite. Anther commonly used material is … Continue reading

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Building a Cob Oven–Part I

For a long time now we’ve dreamt of building our own bread and pizza oven. It doesn’t seem terribly hard to do and there are some good books on the subject. This summer we finally got our act together and … Continue reading

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