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Building an Earth Oven

What is an earth oven? A wood-heated oven made from clay and sand.

Why build an earth oven? Advantages: Anyone can build one. Costs almost nothing, skills are easy to learn, and building materials can be found almost anywhere. Once heated, they efficiently retain heat.

Actions to take.

  1. 1.Join the Yahoo Group where other oven builders discuss projects.
  2. 2.Buy or borrow the book Earth Ovens. Then read it. Its considered the best book on making ovens from natural materials.
  3. 3.Read the links listed below. Research the type oven you want to make. Your available materials, budget, location, and community served will help you decide what type of oven is right to build.
  4. 4.Download the attached comprehensive E-book attached with extremely detailed stone-oven instructions here: -pompeii_oven_plans2.0


-The masonry builders stone oven page a comprehensive resource with many examples of personal oven projects and plans

-A step-by-step tutorial on how to make an oven.

The Below picture is an earth over i came across built in an alley in San Francisco. More pictures can be found on my profile. I intend to build an oven myself in the coming weeks. Would you be interested in seeing pictures/updates about the process?

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Comment by Wintermute on March 12, 2010 at 12:32am
SWEET!! I love this idea, I'm going to read about it, might make an interesting weekend project.
Comment by James Ream on March 12, 2010 at 12:40am
One of the most time consuming steps is mixing the clay and sand (to make bricks and mortar) If you can find people to help with this step, you may indeed be able to complete this project in a weekend.
Comment by Iftekar Ahmed on March 12, 2010 at 6:41am
James, almost every household in Tajikistan has one of such oven in which we bake our bread though ours do not look quite as fancy as yours. When I can, I will post some pictures for you to compare. Last Fall, I dug a pit in my yard and layered it with stones and then roasted a lamb in it- that was quite an experience - you should try it sometime as well if you have not done it already.
Comment by Iftekar Ahmed on March 12, 2010 at 7:02am
I have added some pictures of the pit I dug for the lamb roast
Comment by Charles Andersen on March 12, 2010 at 5:17pm
This is awesome. I only regret I'm not in a position to build one of my own... yet.


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