GROW: The Book
I would like to make an outdoor pizza oven! I have no idea where to even begin! How are they made? Has anyone made one before? What materials are needed?
Here is the easiest, cheapest (unless you can use cob and all scrap materials) design I've found so far:
@Nancy Carter Make sure you check out the other styles mentioned too. Sometimes aesthetics are important depending on where you plan to make one.
I am still partial to the one I mentioned on Judson's thread.
@Nancy Carter I am one lucky girl. The place we bought has a traditional pizza/bread oven and I was over the moon when I saw it, for me it was the deal clencher. I’d always dreamed of one. In hindsite, it’s not so practical! It takes approximately 24 hrs to properly heat, not ideal when you just feel like a pizza but absolutely magnificent when you have a party and want to feed 30 people, especially in winter. Pizza, slow roasted meats, vegetables, bread, casseroles etc and stays warm for days, even when the fire is out!
I say this because not everyone needs one like this. I have a friend who did a weekend course learning to build a backyard brick pizza oven. It turned out wonderful, heats quickly and is ideal for having a pizza the same day you want one. If you like I could ask him if he has some plans he’d be willing to share.
This is ours and while I do love it and appreciate the work and craftsmanship, if we want pizza tonight, it will be on a stone on the bbq.
Building a pizza oven is often the first project when learning natural building. Here in Ecuador they are made of adobe and quite common. I would suggest doing an online search including words like cob, natural building, etc. Good luck! Nothing like great home-made pizza!
@Nancy Carter When my family and I went to the Mother Earth News Fair a few years ago because it was close by, and they did a demonstration right there on how to build a pizza oven. They later used it that evening to make their dinner.😀 My kids thought it was cool and wanted to make some cob so they could make something when we came home. Unfortunately I can't locate the information, sorry.
But I know there are several people on youtube that do that type of thing and have classes. You might want to check there.
I don't have one but I would really like that :). Thanks for the links everyone!
ok, take 2! If both comments show up, I apologize in advance!
I agree with @Sharie and @JennyT about trying cob- I have a book called 'Build Your Own Earth Oven' by Kiko Denzer and it is high on my MUST MAKE list. It keeps getting pushed to the side, but this thread is renewing my determination to build a cob oven, thanks @Nancy Carter, good luck with whatever you choose!
It's available used on Thriftbooks.com, I tried to include a link but it was large and wonky(and I think it's why my first comment didn't post.)
I agree with @Sharie and @JennyT about trying cob. I have a book called 'Build Your Own Earth Oven'by Kiko Denzer and it is high on my MUST MAKE list! It's a project that always seems to get pushed to the side for some reason. This thread is renewing my determination to build an Earth Oven of my very own, so thanks@Nancy Carter !
Hereis a crazy looking long link to the book,used from Thriftbooks.com:
We went up to Michael Judd's house to make one for him. It was fun. We were tromping around in the cold mud and muck in our bare feet, but the experience was great! I don't know if he ever wrote of book on it, but you can probably find him on the internet and see if he has any. He's a permaculturist who teaches and has a heart for doing things we talk about at TGN.
This is on my dream list of things to have on the homestead. I attended a workshop at Mother Earth News Fair too about building a pizza oven. I believe the speaker was Dr. Mudd, or something like that. Very informative. It’s a process but definitely doable.