It has been 3 days in production, and with the aid of my new super computer, finally the most magical video that I have ever created is now live for the viewing.
Now if you are not a fan of my videos, please take the time to watch this one. It is something very special. I took over 9 hours of video footage and compressed it into 7 minutes 45 seconds. I look like I am Superman, and Kim said that I have never worked so fast in my life!
As this is the Ultimate Cob Clay Oven video post, I thought it would be a great idea to list all of the posts in chronological order just in case new readers are after the details of how I built it.
I have also written an eBook titled “Build Your Own Backyard Clay Oven” which documents the method and measurements and the materials that I utilised during the build. If anyone is interested here are the details;
Build Your Own Backyard Clay Oven
It seems like just about everyone wants to cook outdoors these days, and what better way to do it than in your very own backyard clay oven.
This book shows how easy it is to make a clay oven from scratch, and includes detailed instructions, with over 60 photographs and illustrations.
It is time for the humble Barbecue or Grill to move over, and for the backyard oven to step into the role of the ‘must build’ outdoor cooking accessory for the 21st century.
I would like to know, how much wood it takes to heat up the oven?
I love the idea to have an oven like this myself, but I’m afraid, the cost for firewood is not reasonable. Did you build it just for fun, to have some nice afternoons with family and friends in summer, or to use it regulary?
Greetins from Germany
We don’t have a cob oven but a wood burning stove that we use to cook all our meals on in the cooler months. You can’t beat the taste of food that has been baked in a wood oven! Great video and love reading your posts!!
Rob Tes says
Nice work Gav – tiring just watching you all run around. I do love the bit where many hands make light work… Although I’m disappointed I never saw a beer in anyone’s hand the entire video…
Now I understand why these things are so expensive to order… there’s a lot of man hours that go into them.
Hope you have many happy pizza nights from it!
I’m not sure AWESOME actually covers this fantastic oven! IMPRESSIVE! Pizza, roasted veggies…I’m GREEN with envy and an empty tummy…;-)
OMGoodness. That was great. So good to see so much detail. It doesn’t seem as hard as I thought, but looks really really time consuming. You did good.
brenda from ar
Gavin Webber says
@ rrhase. I heat it for about 2.5 hours. It doesn’t use much wood, as I use a hardwood for a long slow burn. I built it mainly for fun and for WTSHTF, so we can cook outside in winter which are a lot milder here in Australia.
@ Linn, cheers. Sounds like a great stove you have there.
@ Rob, Thanks mate, I certainly had a few beers after that workshop, that’s for sure!
@ Frogdancer, Yes the bought ones are very expensive. It certainly was fun to build it though. I learnt so much. I had never laid bricks before, and had to watch a few YouTube vids to figure out how before I started.
@ Theanne, thank you. It impresses me that I was the one that actually built it! Not quite like building a simple chook house!
@ Brenda, It did take a while, but I only worked on it part time. If I worked on it full time, it probably would have only taken about 7 to 8 days plus drying time in between layers of cob.
Well done. I’m with Kim – go superman.
That was so much fun to watch Gavin, and you look so focused while brick laying! Certainly paid off though, you have something both practical and beautiful now 🙂 I was a bit disappointing that I didn’t get to see Kim’s mosaic flowers growing up the side of the oven in the time lapse movie, that would have been fun! She has done a beautiful job decorating it. Oh well, maybe next time. But thank you for putting so much effort into making this movie for us, we really do appreciate it and everything else that you put on your blog! Kind regards, Erica
Gavin Webber says
Thanks Donna, and to you Erica.
I wanted to film the mosaics, but Kim did not want go on camera.
I do love making these videos, as it helps me express my creative side!
That was fantastic, I particularly enjoyed watching your chickens in the background and the lovely dog as they ran around in fast motion. Nothing beats a wood fired pizza except maybe a wood fired pizza made in your own cob oven.
That was terrific, Gavin – just watching it made me tired though!
We’ll be building an outdoor BBQ eventually – but just a boring variety with a flat grill, nothing fancy. I’ve got enough on my hands without becoming an expert pizza oven maker!
Well done – and the video was lots of fun to watch.
Great Video Gavin! We love making cob ovens, and is great to see we aren’t the only ones. Certainly can relate to the time it takes to put the videos like these together. Love your the cardboard template for the sand. Will be sure to check back here to see all the other stuff you get up too. Next time have more faith in your cob, it looks great, you could use it as a mortar for your base, and as a plaster to put the mosaic into!
Great video and very nice, informative blog. Thanks from South Africa!
I love to watch this video ! It did bring back so many memories of my youth!
That was awesome!