We almost always seem to have some sort of project to accomplish over the weekend and this long holiday weekend is no different. On our list of things to get done this summer after the wood kiln construction was construction of a mud oven. We wanted this mud oven to be in the kiln shed and on casters so it can be moved around and tucked out of the way while the kiln is in use. The photo above is the base for the mud oven.
On top of this will be a layers of leveling sand, insulating fire brick, and high temp brick to create the floor of the oven. Once those are in place, a dome of sand will be molded on top of the floor. Several layers of clay and other insulting material will be spread over the dome of sand to create an igloo shaped outer layer. Once the clay is set up enough to hold it's shape, the sand is removed.
This oven will be perfect for the wonderful breads Kevin bakes as well as pizza or anything else we want to bake.
Photos of the next phase of oven construction will be posted as I have Internet access, maybe over the weekend but more than likely Monday.
Have a great holiday weekend.
Here's a pottery photo just justify calling this a pottery blog.