Sunday, January 28, 2007

Oudoor kitchen & clay oven







My iron smith is also an artist and understand very quickly my idea of design




My kitchen was operational long before finished









following Kiko Denzer’s tips for making your own cob oven, I did not have any trouble
I built up the base entirely with cob, since I lacked stone

the mound on the left is a proofing cabinet to create an enclosed, lukewarm space to allow the bread to rise








the refractory bricks lay on a sand bed


this wet sand dome served as a mold for shaping the inside space volume and was scratched out later on
sometimes, I have people passing by, helping me around…making cob
Ana,who quickly took of her shoes and stepped into the mud












The two 5 inch thick cob layers, first with gravel and second with lite volcanic stones and plenty straw for isolation

















the stove has been sculpted inside the cob counter top

my neighbor ceramicist Ivette, gave me boxes of tiles pieces leftover which I glued with plaster containing extra clay and horse manure.
I used a small amount of cement paste, from home depot, to seal the tiles.

After the first wood and cob door burnt, I had to replace it with a heavy metal and cob door
























my oven has been described as sensual, and it is a hot piece of my complex

pizzas can be cook from 2 to 10 minutes on a 2 hours period without reloading the oven with wood
















3 comments:

Maria Elena Zavala said...

Hi Aime, i'm Maria Elena Zavala, i've heard of you from a neighbor in "San Antonio de las minas", me and my son have just seen your blog and we find your house very interesting and beautiful, we have a piece of land and I would like to build a little house using some of your techniques. So I don't know if we could meet, and talk more especific about your methods. my e-mail is elenaz@cicese.mx
Best regards!

Kefira said...

Thanks for writing this.

brasilianbh said...

FANTASTIC, VERY NICE HOUSE. YOU ME ALLOW REMAKE YOUR PROJECT HERE IN BRAZIL?
I WILL BE VERY SATISFIED