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[Cob] help with cob oven

Maggie Henry maggie.henry at
Tue May 6 09:01:11 CDT 2008

More info: Last August I saw an Alan Scott brick oven and fell in love. No
way do I have the skill or money for that. Came across cob ovens and said
HhMMMMM, this is doable. I have gotten every book (at least 15) from the
library that has had ANYTHING to do with building with earth. I really like
the Quebec oven style. Then I found the sunset oven and it seemed the
easiest yet with using the 1/2 barrel for the form. I didn't realize (as in
I didn't read the materials list) that the "adobe" was different than the
"cob". Now I have even more questions...which is better or what are the
advantages of one over the other?

 I also have a really old fashioned cement mixer...can I use that for mixing
up the straw and clay?

As far as design goes, it doesn't get any better than this IMHO

So can I really do this? Anyone really close to NW PA? ;-)


On Sun, May 4, 2008 at 7:36 PM, Maggie Henry <maggie.henry at> wrote:

> I would like to find out if anyone out there has had any experience
> following these directions
> or if you have any suggestions for short cuts to digging up clay. I'm just
> too old for that. By the time I got it dug up both my shoulders would be
> shot! I want one of these so bad!
> Maggie