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Build Your Own Earth Oven

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Publisher Comments:

Earth ovens combine the utility of a wood-fired, retained-heat oven with the ease and timeless beauty of earthen construction. Building one will appeal to bakers, builders, and beginners of all kinds, from:
  • the serious or aspiring baker who wants the best low-cost bread oven, to

  • gardeners who want a centerpiece for a beautiful outdoor kitchen, to

  • outdoor chefs, to

  • creative people interested in low-cost materials and simple technology, to

  • teachers who want a multi-faceted, experiential project for students of all ages (the book has been successful with everyone from third-graders to adults).
    Build Your Own Earth Oven is fully illustrated with step-by-step directions, including how to tend the fire, and how to make perfect sourdough hearth loaves in the artisan tradition. The average do-it-yourselfer with a few tools and a scrap pile can build an oven for free, or close to it. Otherwise, $30 should cover all your materials--less than the price of a fancy "baking stone." Good building soil is often right in your back yard, under your feet. Build the simplest oven in a day! With a bit more time and imagination, you can make a permanent foundation and a fire-breathing dragon-oven or any other shape you can dream up.
    Earth ovens are familiar to many that have seen a southwestern "horno" or a European "bee-hive" oven. The idea (pioneered by Egyptian bakers in the second millennium bc!) is simplicity itself: fill the oven with wood, light a fire, and let it burn down to ashes. The dense, 3- to 12-inch-thick earthen walls hold and store the heat of the fire, the baker sweeps the floor clean, and the hot oven walls radiate steady, intense heat for hours.
    Home bakers who can't afford a fancy, steam-injected bread oven will be delighted to find that a simple earth oven can produce loaves to equal the fanciest "artisan" bakery. It also makes delicious roast meats, cakes, pies, pizzas, and other creations. Pizza cooks to perfection in three minutes or less. Vegetables, herbs, and potatoes drizzled with olive oil roast up in minutes for a simple, elegant, and delicious meal. Efficient cooks will find the residual heat useful for slow-baked dishes, and even for drying surplus produce, or incubating homemade yogurt.
  • Synopsis:

    Kiko Denzer and Hannah Field, maker and baker, invite you into the artisan tradition. First, build a masonry oven out of mud. Then mix flour and water for real bread "better than anything you can buy." Total cost? Hardly more than a baking stone & and it can cook everything else, from 2-minute pizza to holiday fowl, or a week's meals.
    Clear, abundant drawings and photos clarify every step of the process, from making "oven mud," to fire, and to bread. Informative text puts it all into context with artisan traditions of many agesandcultures. Beautifully sculpted ovens (by the author and readers) will inspire the artist in anyone. And the simple, 4 step recipe (based on professional and homestead experience) promises authentic hearth loaves for anyone, on any schedule.
    From weekend gardeners to "simple living," back-to-the-landers; Peace Corps volunteers to neighborhood community-builders; third-graders to earth-artists of all ages, this book feeds many hungers!
    updated, expanded, re-written,andrevised.
    foreword by Alan Scott, the grandfather of wood-fired ovens and artisan bread.
    super-insulated design holds heat longer with less wood burned.
    8 pages of color photos.
    Plus: mobile ovens, rocket mass heaters for the home, hay-box cookers, and more.

    Synopsis:

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 119-120) and index.

    About the Author

    Kiko Denzer is a sculptor, author, and teacher. His latest book is Dig Your Hands in the Dirt: A Manual for Making Art out of Earth.Hannah Field baked for organic bakeries in the UK. She lives in Oregon with Kiko Denzer, with whom she shares a home, garden,andtwo sons.

    Table of Contents

    Preface 2
    Introduction
    Why a wood-fired, earthen oven?
    Earthen Building, or what is "cob," anyway? 5
    Chapter One: build a basic mud oven
    How big an oven should I make?
    Getting organized
    Materials and tools
    Beauty and sculpture
    On "waterproofing"
    A roof for your oven
    Eight steps to a simple oven 11
    Chapter Two: firing and baking in your oven
    Building and managing a fire
    Assembling a set of traditional baking tools 43
    Chapter Three: simple sourdough bread!
    Introduction and a note on ingredients
    A quick outline of a ten-step sourdough process
    On yeast, flour, and bread
    How it works--the ten step process in detail 51
    Chapter Four: materials and making do
    Floor materials
    Straw and other fibers
    Gravel and Sand
    Subsoil, clay, and what to do if you can't find it
    Clay facts
    Refractory Cement 68
    Chapter Five: other mixtures, other ovens
    Single layer, all-clay, "rammed earth" ovens
    Simpler foundations
    Sculpting and finishing
    Lime plasters and other water resistant, breathable plasters, and a warning
    Brick or metal doorways
    Chimneys and doors
    Firing doors
    Cob doors
    Insulating a mud oven
    Experiments and things to try 73
    Chapter Six: pyro-dynamics, or, playing with fire
    Mechanics of fire
    Some related principles
    Metaphysics of fire 93
    Chapter Seven: troubleshooting
    My sand form won't hold its shape
    I have no sand--how else can I make a form?
    I can't find straw
    My fire won't burn
    The bottoms of my loaves always burn
    My oven is cracking
    Can I quick dry my oven?
    Can I keep an all-clay oven from shrinking?
    The doorway is crumbling and falling apart
    I can't find clay subsoil anywhere
    What about fuels other than wood? 99
    Afterword
    Art, earth, ovens 105
    Appendix: Questions, Answers, and Resources
    About efficiency, design, etc
    Using the oven
    Materials and construction
    Resources: Books on bread and building 112
    Index 121

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780967984605
    Subtitle:
    A Low Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves
    Author:
    Denzer, Kiko
    Publisher:
    Hand Print Press
    Location:
    Blodgett, Oregon
    Subject:
    General
    Subject:
    Cookery
    Subject:
    Bread
    Subject:
    Culinary Arts & Techniques
    Subject:
    Equipment, Appliances & Supplies
    Subject:
    Cookery (Bread)
    Subject:
    Stoves
    Subject:
    Courses & Dishes - Bread
    Subject:
    Earth construction.
    Edition Number:
    revised
    Edition Description:
    Trade paper
    Series Volume:
    107-539
    Publication Date:
    20010201
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Yes
    Pages:
    132
    Dimensions:
    10 x 7 in

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    Product details 132 pages Chelsea Green Publishing Company - English 9780967984605 Reviews:
    "Synopsis" by , Kiko Denzer and Hannah Field, maker and baker, invite you into the artisan tradition. First, build a masonry oven out of mud. Then mix flour and water for real bread "better than anything you can buy." Total cost? Hardly more than a baking stone & and it can cook everything else, from 2-minute pizza to holiday fowl, or a week's meals.
    Clear, abundant drawings and photos clarify every step of the process, from making "oven mud," to fire, and to bread. Informative text puts it all into context with artisan traditions of many agesandcultures. Beautifully sculpted ovens (by the author and readers) will inspire the artist in anyone. And the simple, 4 step recipe (based on professional and homestead experience) promises authentic hearth loaves for anyone, on any schedule.
    From weekend gardeners to "simple living," back-to-the-landers; Peace Corps volunteers to neighborhood community-builders; third-graders to earth-artists of all ages, this book feeds many hungers!
    updated, expanded, re-written,andrevised.
    foreword by Alan Scott, the grandfather of wood-fired ovens and artisan bread.
    super-insulated design holds heat longer with less wood burned.
    8 pages of color photos.
    Plus: mobile ovens, rocket mass heaters for the home, hay-box cookers, and more.
    "Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 119-120) and index.
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