Is it made of earth or brick? Â This is a common distinction in the world of wood-fired ovens and comes with a whole slew of assumptions. Â “Earth ovens are cheaper, easier to build but less durable.” Â “Brick ovens are expensive, harder to build but more professional and will last longer.” Â The oven build documented below is an exploration of the combination of these techniques to leverage the advantages of each. Â We use earth where its sculptural quality allows us to perfectly mold it to the shape that we desire. Â We use brick where it will give a good durable surface for cooking and in the entrance way to withstand the abuse of heated and passionate cooking. Â The bookÂ Build Your Own Earth Oven provides further reference for these techniques.
Using rope to define the shape of the catenary vault. Â The plywood is cut and the negative shape is used as a screed.
Eventually, a whole outdoor kitchen and service bar was built around the oven!….
Useful Links for Further Reading:
- The book Build Your Own Earth Oven!
- Arcticle – Improving Earth Ovens: Experiments in DIY Earthen Castable Refractory