We're in the home stretch with the construction of this mud oven. Lots of times all the steps we've done over the past few weekends could have been done over a couple days, but since we're only around on weekends, we've had to space the steps out a bit.
Last weekend, the previous two layers of mud applied over the sand dome form were dry enough for Kevin to remove the sand and the dome would still retain it's shape.
After the sand was removed we applied one more layer of mud mixed with straw to the entire dome and started a small fire inside to help it dry a little more. Kevin assured me it was a task that could be done without getting one's hands dirty. What's the fun of working with mud and not getting your hands in it?
Kevin spent a little time carving a door from a large piece of oak . When baking in the oven, you keep a fire going for a couple hours to heat up the mud and bricks, then remove the fire and use a door to keep the heat while you bake for a couple hours.
The entire oven was still fairly wet so we couldn't really cook anything since it would not hold heat well. Hopefully, we'll be baking/cooking the weekend of October 10th. I'm sure looking forward to some pizza and a couple loaves of bread.