Homemade Wood-Fired Pizza Oven Cost Nothing At All To Build (And Feeds Small Multitude) — by ‘WayOutWest Blowinblog’. An oil drum (barrel) and a bit of metal pipe is all you need to make a really simple but effective pizza oven. It may not look very fancy but it works well and it will cook a whole lot of pizza. Also, instead of waiting for days/weeks for your clay oven to dry enough to use, an earth oven can be made and used on the same day.
Many thanks to the video creator ‘WayOutWest Blowinblog’ for this awesome video.
The soil/earth/stones are vital to keep the heat in – but you could use sand, clay or bricks too. (Don’t use bark mulch or anything similar as it will catch fire for sure.) On our oven the soil ended up being around 8” thick at the top – which was good but more than was really needed.
The chimney pipe isn’t essential – the fire would burn anyway – but it makes controlling the fire easier…
Fuel – small section dry branches are best for a fast, hot fire…
Only thin flat foods can be cooked at such high temperatures – hence pizzas and flans. As the oven cools you can try thicker breads and cakes – and you could cook a casserole over night too…
*Thanks a million to Maggie, Bill and Michael who arrived from the U.S. just in time to help build this oven. They also did most of the filming for this – and Michael made some excellent pizza dough too.
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