As regular readers of this blog probably know I take bread baking seriously [because] baking causes me serious joy. So it may not surprise you to read that when I first began working with Trent Hendricks back in November of 2007, we talked about building a cob oven to bake bread, pizza and whatever. Well today, almost one year later, we started to build one.
The base of the oven (see slide show) is a little over seven feet long, six feet wide and, when the firebrick deck is laid up tomorrow, three feet high. We are filling the base with sand, which we will cover with thick galvanized mesh and mortar, before laying up the fire brick. The oven is going to be made from a mixture of clay, sand and straw and will sit on top of the firebrick deck. I'm hoping to get the deck laid up tomorrow, and build the oven on Saturday.
Work does not get much cooler than this folks -not in my world anyway.