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Category: Barn Conversion Journal May 4th, 2011 by mbc

Since spending far too long for my wife’s liking queuing for fresh pizza from a small portable clay pizza oven at the Abergavenny food festival, I’ve fancied one of my own. The Eden Project sell one for £600 and apparently Jamie Oliver tries to flog one for over £3000, but you can build one from cob for next to nothing and this article on the Guardian website shows me how to follow the pretty simple process.

Pizza cake … How to build a cob oven
How to build a cob oven

Frederika Whitehead learns how to turn a pile of earth into a wood-fired cob pizza oven in a matter of hours

The comments add some useful information – you can use sawdust for the final ‘weather proof’ layer of cob rather than straw – and I’ve plenty of sawdust. I must ask if you can use flag stones for the base…

EDIT: On the Edwards Cob Eco Buildings website (the people who run the courses that the Guardian article describes) they state that “you choose what sort of stone or brick you want” so I reckon I’m OK with a stone base and also that they “lime render the oven” when they build one for you. I guess that lime render gives a more weather resistant shell to the oven – right up my street… lovely lime…

…the comments in the original article also link to some interesting plans for building a brick based oven…

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Building Progress ~ December 2007, week 1 and 2
The first of the structural elements that will form a finished part of the building have been installed.

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William Burges
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After #2… Land drains around the unpaved parts of the barn
Following on from my post about lots of befores that comprised of pictures of locations before I started work on them I’ve been getting on to some afters, here…

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