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Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves, 3rd Edition [Paperback]

Kiko Denzer , Hannah Field , Alan Scott
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Sept. 17 2007

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Hannah Field baked for organic bakeries in the UK. She lives in Oregon with Kiko Denzer, with whom she shares a home, garden, & two sons.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful April 28 2014
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Detailed and interesting .I have had some experience with a clay oven and we are wanting to build another one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book May 26 2013
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i have three books on ovens now and this is the onefor the dreamer in all of us . also for the guy in the mud glad i got it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book Dec 8 2012
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Great book before you consider building anything. It's in depth with lots of information on building a earth oven. Some great recipes too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Build Your Own Earth Oven Jan. 19 2012
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Build Your Own Earth Oven, there's lots of pictures and it is written in a language that the layman can understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best and easiest way to bake bread in your own wood fired oven April 6 2007
By Nikolaus Horster - Published on Amazon.com
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Kiko has done it again, I own the two previous editions and this new edition is a clear improvement.

The addition of an insulation layer in the oven construction enhances the oven performance and brings professional bake oven results. Still simple enough to build yourself though.

There is also more information on bread making as well as more color and more of the illustrative and entertaining illustrations.

Highly recommended!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Build Your Own Earth Oven April 6 2007
By KM - Published on Amazon.com
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We built an earthern oven using Kiko's first book. We wanted to replace that book with this third edition. I was pleased to see the new material that was added. In this book, all the separate pieces of information were gathered and each placed into its own section, which makes it easier to find all the information related to a specific process that I'm using on during the large process of oven building. I also appreciate the history and the philosophy that Kiki intersperses in his chapters.

The chapter on bread baking by Hannah is a new and welcomed addition.

Thank you for another great book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars We LOVE our Earth Oven Sept. 17 2009
By bookjunky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've owned this book for several years...been dying to make an earth oven since I bought this. FINALLY we got around to it this year and even though ours is a simple dome, the pizzas that come out of that oven are to die for. We've also made bread to rave reviews but have yet to do much more with it. It is worth it just for the pizza, though; you CANNOT get pizza like this any other way. Pizza stones in an oven just do not cut it.

It probably took us about 20 hours all told to build our earth oven, working in teams of 2 over a period of about a week. We built a permanent base of concrete blocks for our oven, topped by firebrick and then the dome. It was well worth the time invested.

I have a couple of minor criticisms of the book. First, it is a bit confusing on the whole "will your local earth work" to make an earth oven question. There's a way to test your soil by letting the layers of dirt and clay etc. precipitate in a glass of water - did not work for us. It showed a very low clay content. Yet we could do the squeeze test with the dirt (detailed elsewhere) and it appeared to be very clay rich. Anyway we ended up using our local dirt as is based on the squeeze test and observation of the dirt, just adding a touch of straw as directed and the oven turned out great. It will probably need patching or replacing in a few years but it does the job fine. Second, I found the instructions a bit disjointed when it came down to actually making the oven. It seemed I had to keep skipping around to find answers to different questions. If the author writes a new edition, I hope he will make the whole thing more linear.

Bottom line, though, is that this is a fabulous resource and inspiration. I LOVE my earth oven and I kiss the feet of the author for spreading the word. :)

Thanks, Kiko.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! May 22 2011
By Kristin Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I built my oven using this book.

I loved every step of this process. I am a smallish woman with no masonry experience, yet I built my beautiful oven almost all by myself! It was so much fun and such a satisfying experience that I 'd recommend the project to anyone interested in wood-fired baking. I am a pastry chef and a baking and pastry instructor, and I've always wanted a wood-fired oven, especially since I am a big pizza geek. The pizzas that I am getting out of this oven are spectacular. They are light as air and crisp, but chewy at the same time. Perfect char. And after the pizzas are finished baking I scoop out the fire and slip a couple of sourdough boules in there, and within half an hour I have lovely bread!

I highly recommend this book. And don't be discouraged if you don't get a great pizza the first time you try--it took me several attempts to even get a decent fire, but now it's a breeze! The temperature inside my oven last night was too high for my infra-red laser thermometer to read (and it goes above a thousand degrees. In fact, this morning I realized I singed my hair and my eyelashes when I got a little too close (I'm investigating a solution for this problem!)

Follow up:

Still using my beautiful oven. I've helped others build ovens now, too. I would recommend sealing the dome of the oven with a plaster product (I used Quikwall Surface Bonding Cement, and I added the optional acrylic fortifier), so that it is weatherproof. I know this book disagrees. I just didn't want to have to cover it with an ugly tarp when it rains or when the sprinklers go, nor did I want to build any kind of structure around it to protect it. The oven is pretty and I want it to bee seen! I got a new laser thermometer that can register higher temperatures, and now know that my oven gets up to 1200 degrees F. I find that that is a little too hot for pizzas, and prefer 1000 degrees, for a 2 minute pizza.

This book is really great for guiding you to build an oven. You may want to do a little research about how to build the base for the oven. There is little real instruction about this in the book. I wish it took you through a step-by-step process to build the base out of brick. Instead, it gives vague suggestions about the base. The dome (being the functioning part of the oven) is described very well. This is the important part. But being such a novice at this, I agonized over the base a bit.

The book is indispensable for building this kind of cob oven. Denzer goes into great detail about the proper dimensions of the dome, the door (opening), the hearth, the insulation, the heat sink, and the arch.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bread baked out the back door! April 6 2007
By Joely Pozole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Kiko's new book presents a more in depth discussion than the previous edition, of clay ovens one could build in their backyard, from their backyard. The use of hand drawn illustrations and photographs leave little mystery as to designing, creating and using these ovens, with a great deal of freewill fanciful inspiration captured and relayed to the reader. From 'engineering' to trouble shooting, a down to earth (literally) guide to getting in touch with our true nature of living simply.
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