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Big Bear Camp Barrel Oven

We were very happy to get hired by our neighbors Hal and Tonia of Big Bear Camp to lead a workshop to build a Barrel Oven.  We took the opportunity to make our first glass door for the Barrel Oven Kit and are thrilled by the result.  We think it speaks for itself….

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In its few months of existence, the oven has already cooked food for a number of neighborhood pizza parties, been part of the October menu for the Epicurean Bears Club, as well as helped prepare the feast for a pre-Thanksgiving get-together. We love seeing the glow of the fire as the food is cooking. Hal and Tonia report that they often just sit with the oven and a cup of tea as it is pre-heating. Stay tuned for a post about the neighborhood kids and their Big Bear Camp Barrel Oven baked gingerbread houses!

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Oven at Wise Acres Farm – Eugene, OR

   

We built this wood-fired earth oven at Wise Acres Farm, a beautiful place and home to Dr. Sharol Tilgner, author of “Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth”! The beautiful brick oven base was built by Max and the earth oven project was led and finished by Eva during a workshop. The clay, sand and straw for the oven were gathered from the local area. The oven is well insulated and is functioning beautifully.

Wood-Fired Barrel Oven in Swannanoa, NC

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.

Sculpted Guitar Oven in Brevard, NC

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.

Bali Wood-Fired Oven

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!

Learn to Build Your Own Earth Oven!

Outdoor Kitchen at Vistara: Wood-Fired Barrel Oven and Canning Stove

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.

Natural Building Extavaganza

Check out this sweet video of 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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Hawthorn Farm Adobe Barrel Oven

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.

New Barrel Oven in Asheville!

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