In the spirit of off the gridness and in an effort to be more self-sufficient, my wife and I recently tackled a new project at home. We built a wood-fired oven, or WFO, if you prefer.
An outdoor wood-fired oven gives us another option for many kinds of cooking. It also provides a great accompaniment to the barbecue. The WFO is a lot of fun to built and use. It provides a lot of feel good factor for having done it ourselves with little money. Of course, it also makes great tasting food.We over-researched the subject by reading several books and by searching online before finally building it. We need not have prepped so much. Two of the most helpful resources were http://www.traditionaloven.com and the book “Build Your Own Earth Oven, 3rd Edition: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves” by Kiko Denzer.
Materials list and cost:
less than 1.5 yards of 5/8 minus for the entire project – about $40.
"Urbanite" and large rocks - free.
Concrete block – free from freecycle.
Sand – free from river.
Coarse Sawdust – free from a local lumber mill.
Perlite – about $30 from the hardware store.
Clay – $150. (It could have been free with more elbow grease)
Material for the door – free from around the property.
Total cost: under $200.