Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-cost, Wood-fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves
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:
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It's inspiring and fascinating to read. If you want to build an earth oven this will make you want it more. That said, this is not an instruction manual in the normal sense. It doesn't say "Step 1. get clay from supplier. Step 2, mix clay with sand .... etc."
The instructions are more in the (wavy gravy) sort of style. The bread recipe for sourdough bread states that the ingredients are water flour and salt. Use 1 tsp salt for each loaf. Nothing about how much flour for a loaf, or how wet is too wet. Very loose instructions.
The reality is that if you are going to build an earth oven you should plan on reading more than this book, and also plan on making more than one oven. you will probably want to build a better one after you've used your first one for a while, but then again if you want an oven like this you probably are willing to put up with some minor problems along the way.