The Barrel Oven is a practical, efficient, and affordable wood-fired oven that can be hot and ready to bake within 20 minutes of lighting a fire, and with minimal feeding, will easily maintain a constant temperature. Max and Eva Edleson’s comprehensive guide walks you through every step of the process, from planning to mixing mud and building and then firing and baking.
Barrel ovens transform local, low-cost materials and the sun’s energy into good food. They have anchored small-scale baking enterprises and community wood-fired cuisine, including bread, roasts, pizza, cookies, cakes, pies, casseroles and stews.
- Step-by-step instruction.
- Photos and drawings, from process to completed ovens.
- Siting/planning outdoor kitchens.
- Guidance in deciding which kind of wood-fired oven is best for you.
- Interviews with experienced Barrel Oven bakers.
“Eva and Max Edleson are highly skilled both as builders and as bakers, but what really shines through in this book is their excellence as communicators. They clearly present varied methods and materials, with very helpful discussions of the pros and cons of each option. Other builder’s voices really round out the presentation. This is a book that will likely inspire you to build your own oven, and make you feel like you have experienced mentors walking you step-by-step through the process.”
Max and Eva Edleson offer up this barrel oven as a marriage of native, natural materials with industrial waste. The result is a beautiful and useful appliance that combines the appeal and advantages of wood fire with the quick heat of an American industrialized kitchen.
What?! A wood-fired oven that can bake bread 20 minutes after you light the fire?
Yup. And it can be cheap, too, especially if you can do simple metal work yourself. And your kids can help you do the mud work.
The more people get interested in wood-fired cooking, sustainability, and traditional ways of eating, the more important it is to have options, examples, and choices. Here’s a great contribution for back-yard bakers serving family and friends, primitive out-back chefs cooking for large groups and gatherings, or a small, wood-fired business in need of a versatile oven. Good stuff!