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


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Hand Print Press; 3rd edition, revised, updated, and expanded edition (April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096798467X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967984674
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... the essential book…worth many times its price in avoided labor and frustration"--Dan Wing, author, The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves & Masonry Ovens



"[It] will awaken in you...the artisan vision, where earth meets hand meets spirit"--Peter Reinhart, author, Crust and Crumb



"Creative. Innovative. Brilliant. ...the definitive book on how to build an adobe oven..."--William Rubel, author, The Magic of Fire



"...simplicity itself: brief, brisk, artful, and well-written....empowering throughout...fruit of a new movement for sustainability, it celebrates the pleasure of living well with the earth."--Peter Bane, Permaculture Activist

About the Author

Kiko Denzer's latest book is Make a Ray Jacobs Rocky Mountain Dulcimer. For more, see his author page, and/or look up his page on his publisher's website.

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This book inspired me to build a wood-fired earth oven for making bread and pizza.
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This book is so well written and easy to follow.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nikolaus Horster on April 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
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!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By KM on April 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bookjunky on September 17, 2009
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joely Pozole on April 6, 2007
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger Perez on September 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are looking to build an outdoors oven, you must read this book. Even if your goal is not an earth oven. Besides detailed information about the techniques to build an earth oven, Kiko describes very clearly the process of baking with wood and goes thru all the alternatives. His insight in using different types of materials is very valuable and his opinions are explained thoroughly.

The book is also very well written and engages you from the beginning.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jack Stephens on April 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kiko Denzer's gifts as an artist and teacher shine in this 3rd edition. Building an earthen oven is the perfect project to satisfy many desires and "Build Your Own Earth Oven" speaks to many of those desires eloquently and practically. With Kiko as a guide you can make something that is fun, useful, artful, cheap, practical and beautiful. And then, thanks to Hannah Field's expertise as a baker, you can enjoy delicious and healthy artisan breads, and so much more.

I especially enjoyed the simple explanations of the physics of building with mud and baking in earth. The numerous illustrations beautifully support the clear instructions on building and finishing an oven, and the thorough and practical advice about using the oven well, troubleshooting and baking make this book a very useful tool.

As a natural builder I've found that building an earthen oven is the ideal first project to gain experience, insight and enthusiasm for the beauty and benefits of building with natural materials. If you use the lessons offered in "Build Your Own Earth Oven" you just might realize the innate wisdom you already possess as a human being - engaging your hands, heart and head to create, to engage life, to do something useful. Or, as Kiko has also wisely pointed out, you can "...just make a mud oven so you can bake your own bread."

Beatifully illustrated, well-written and immensely useful, I heartily recommend this book.
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