The Barrel Oven at Sweet Briar Farm! Jeanna and Sebastian got married this summer. We built this oven with them to be a part of their wedding celebration and for it live on to cook meals for their family and friends. www.firespeaking.com/
A practical and wood-efficient oven built by hand from local clay, river sand and recycled red clay bricks. Project is evolving into a fully developed outdoor kitchen with counter tops, a wood-fired griddle, a sink and more! The whole area will be roofed as well. Stay tuned for more good times and stories of this family oven at Davidson Farm.
Eva led a workshop in April to build this oven at the Duckpond Pottery, Nick Friedman and Jennifer Kelly’s retail pottery shop and venue for live original music. Nick had an awesome idea to make an oven in the shape of a jazz hollow body guitar! We harvested clay from just down the street and sand from the French Broad River. The people of Brevard are so talented and so much fun! Expect some amazing natural building projects to blossom there soon.
We built this wood-fired oven in Bali for Max’s parents using local bricks, clays, sands and fibers. The oven joins the traditional paon (cookstove) that Max built a few years ago.
This oven features ample wood storage for both units, a metal firing door and a wooden door for baking. (Stay tuned for an article about firing doors and efficiency in wood-fired ovens.)
It is always a fun challenge to apply our knowledge of ovens and natural building to local materials. The clay for this oven comes from a village roof tile factory scrap pile and the sand and stone came from a nearby volcano. We found an incredibly porous lava stone to insulate underneath the hearth floor and surrounded the oven’s thermal layer with a mixture that included rice hulls and thatching grass.
Note the sand used to make the smooth inside shape and the sculpted “squirrel tail” to jog the chimney. Upon finishing the oven, we cooked for a three day “Live-Culture Cuisine” fermentation workshop led by Sandor Katz and Mary Jane Edleson.
Many delicious feasts ahead!
Ever dreamed of an efficient earthen oven that was hot in just 15 minutes?
How about a canning stove that could process 32 quart jars at once?
The new Wood-Fired Barrel Oven and Canning stove at Vistara!
Built with students during the Outdoor Kitchen Workshop Series!
These two cooking devices will soon be part of a full kitchen with shelving, a sink, wood-storage and more! They will be connected by counter tops and sheltered by a roof providing ample space to prep and to gather. This will be a resource for the local community!
Vistara has a beautiful garden and many neighborhood fruit trees from which to harvest abundant produce to preserve. The wood-fired canner is quick to heat up and can also double as a soup pot, stew pot, sauce pot, steamer, etc. Both the barrel oven and the canner were constructed with homemade adobe bricks and plaster formed with Vistara’s clay rich soil. Thank you to our hosts and the amazing team that helped make this happen!
Find out more about The Wood-Fired Barrel Oven.
Eva led the construction of a wood fired cook stove, a barrel oven, and a hot tub at the Natural Building Extravaganza in Asheville, NC!
There were many wonderful people who participated in the amazing 3 week program, organized by Kleiwerks International. Additional projects included a Rumford fireplace, a slip strawdobe cottage, earthen and lime plasters, bas relief, bamboo arches and gates, timber framing and so much more.
Photos from the Natural Building Extravaganza!
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This barrel oven was built in a summer workshop series that Max and Eva led at Hawthorn Farm in Washington. The adobe bricks were made by the oven’s owner and friends in the preceding months and the oven was built along with students during a weekend.
The owner, Alexia Allen, has called us to share the joy of having both preparing small meals in the oven, as well as easily hosting pizza parties for over 50 people.
Alexia makes a celebratory fire with a bow drill.
Barrel ovens are efficient and easy to use. They are quick to heat up, within 15-20 minutes of lighting a fire they are ready to bake in. Once hot, they are easily kept at baking temperature for as long as needed.
This is a fun video of Eva building an adobe oven along with friend and collaborator Demian Iusso of Manos en El Barro Natural Building in Patagonia, Argentina. Activate and enjoy!
Eva was invited to participate in a wonderful project in a beautiful place, The Sacred Grove Retreat Center in Gold Hill, NC. Ellen and Tim wanted to create an outdoor kitchen and learn about natural building. Eva led a four day workshop where we built the oven and learned about how to cook in it. The oven clay is from the retreat center’s 11 acres of verdant forest and provides the oven with it’s gorgeous golden plaster. Tim constructed the roof structure and used a recycled billboard for the roof. The base, with it’s lovely place for wood storage, was constructed by Steven Pettingil all from stones found on-site.
The Sacred Grove outdoor kitchen will continue to develop with the additions of adjacent countertops, storage and a grill and will be used by the retreat center for it’s guests and numerous gatherings. Thank you to all the friends and neighbors that helped to make this possible and thanks to my mom for the photo documentation of this project!
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