Archive for the ‘Cob Construction’ Category

Outdoor Pizza Oven | First Fire in Our New Outdoor Cob Oven

September 4, 2013

Outdoor Pizza Oven | First Fire in Our New Outdoor Cob Oven. I’m eagerly awaiting more details on the new oven.

Interior photos of my cob house GOBCOBATRON | The Year of Mud: Building a cob house

October 3, 2009

Interior photos of my cob house GOBCOBATRON | The Year of Mud: Building a cob house

Some really neat pictures of the interior of th cob house after finishing. Great stuff!

More cob oven details and photos | The Year of Mud: Building a cob house

September 16, 2009

More cob oven details and photos | The Year of Mud: Building a cob house

They’ve posted some more pictures of the oven. Including some showing large cracks in the outer insulation layer which may be due to the inner layer not being dryer before the outer insulation layer was put on.

I had similar cracks show up in the ones I have built but I had figured it was due to the inside lining being brick rather than cob. I remember one I built a couple of years ago that I tried to seal with repeated coverings and filling in of the cracks with cob and clay and creek sand but they kept coming back and getting worse. Looking at the pictures of this one it seems that some of the cracks start at the door arch which is done in brick, so I’m wondering if the same thing is happening with it.

The next one I build (and it will hopefully be soon) is going to be made completely of cob other than the firebrick floor. I’m thinking of floating the walls of the inside dome on a thin layer of sand or ash to keep it from bonding with the floor brick, which will hopefully keep the expansion and contraction of the dissimilar materials from cracking the cob walls. Also planning on using a loose ash insulation layer 3 to 4 inches thick between the inside heat dome and the outside insulation dome, again to try to minimize cracking.

Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Oven for Great Bread and Pizza

September 12, 2009

Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Oven for Great Bread and Pizza | The Year of Mud: Building a cob house

(The following entry is all about making a cob oven. The construction details have been trimmed back a bit, but this article should still give you a full idea of materials and the building process for making your own inexpensive outdoor cob oven!)

Gonna have to get off the arse and make one! Got everything I need sitting out back right now. Like the bottles used as an insulating layer under the firebrick base.

A Cob House Journal Photo Gallery by Hap Mullenneaux at pbase.com

September 8, 2009

A Cob House Journal Photo Gallery by Hap Mullenneaux at pbase.com

Interesting series of photos on the construction of a cob house in Iowa. I like and will use the 2×4 scaffolding idea here soon. Been trying to figure out how to get scaffolding out at the front so I can finish the front wall over the entry door. Between one built like this and a one legged variation on it beside the qhut I think I can do it with this.

How to Build a Simple Wood-Fired Cob Oven

May 5, 2009

A growing number of people are realizing the fun and functionality of building cob ovens. Wood-fired cob ovens can be built to whatever size best suits the user. Smaller cob ovens are good for cooking bread and pizza and require less time and wood to fire. Larger cob ovens are better for all-day bakes and big backyard parties. Some restaurants have earthen ovens that are six feet across! No matter the size of the oven you wish to build, the techniques used are very similar.

via How to Build a Simple Wood-Fired Cob Oven 

Gotta figure out where to put it, get the arse in gear and build one.

Bunch of other good articles at Life Unplugged too.