We are I am going to build a “cob oven”. I would normally say “we”, but Trevor may or may not be jazzed up enough about another project to actually participate. You know what I mean right ladies? If you are anything like me, you have a lot of projects… and he knows it.
This should be a fun one though and you can join me for the ride or even build your own.
What is a cob oven? Basically, it is an (outdoor in our case) baking oven made of clay, sand, and straw. You can bake pies, pizzas, breads, and even veggies or meat in it almost as you would a modern gas or electric oven. My grand idea is to turn an unused part of our yard near the house as a summer cooking area with this cob oven. There is already a granite bench in the unused area that was once a sidewalk corner in San Francisco, but we never get to use it because there is nothing else in that small part of the yard.
To build our cob oven, I will be using the online Mother Earth News October/November 2002 article by Kiko Denzer and various YouTube videos mostly by the Jas Townsend and Son Cooking Series, “jastownsendandson”. All of our supplies will be things that are readily available at our local hardware stores… and honestly, if I can find these items here in the mountains, so can you.
The cob oven will resemble an igloo. So far I have drawn out a template (inside measurements, not finished measurements) for our oven which is:
30″ inches in diameter
21″ inch inside height at the tallest point of the dome
13 1/4″ inch height for the doorway (63% of the dome height as instructed)
13″ inch doorway width
Construction will start this weekend!