About: Earth ovens combine the utility of a wood fired retained heat oven with the ease and timeless beauty of earthen construction Building one will appeal to bakers builders and beginners of all kinds from the serious or aspiring baker who wants the best low costbread oven to gardeners who want a centerpiece for a beautifuloutdoor kitchen to outdoor chefs to creative people interested in low cost materials andsimple technology to teachers who want a multi faceted experiential project for students of all ages the book has been successful with everyone from third graders to adults Build Your Own Earth Oven is fully illustrated with step by step directions including how to tend the fire and how to make perfect sourdough hearth loaves in the artisan tradition The average do it yourselfer with a few tools and a scrap pile can build an oven for free or close to it Otherwise 30 should cover all your materials less than the price of a fancy baking stone Good building soil is often right in your back yard under your feet Build the simplest oven in a day With a bit more time and imagination you can make a permanent foundation and a fire breathing dragon oven or any other shape you can dream up Earth ovens are familiar to many that have seen a southwestern horno or a European bee hive oven The idea pioneered by Egyptian bakers in the second millennium BCE is simplicity itself fill the oven with wood light a fire and let it burn down to ashes The dense 3 to 12 inch thick earthen walls hold and store the heat of the fire the baker sweeps the floor clean and the hot oven walls radiate steady intense heat for hours Home bakers who can t afford a fancy steam injected bread oven will be delighted to find that a simple earth oven can produce loaves to equal the fanciest artisan bakery It also makes delicious roast meats cakes pies pizzas and other creations Pizza cooks to perfection in three minutes or less Vegetables he
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