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Earth Oven Building

  • Course starts at 9:30am and ends at 4:30pm.
    Course fee £60.
    There are 4 dates in 2016:-
    Sat 30th April, Sat 4th June, Sat 6th Aug and Sat 3rd Sept 2016.

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Course details

This one day course will cover the materials and techniques you need to know in order to build your own earth oven using cob.
Experience each stage of construction of an oven including mixing the clay and sand, laying the base out and constructing a mold/former.
At the end of the day you will have completed the first layers of the oven and maybe the second outer layer. Will be able to see how to use a finished oven on-site as you cook your own pizzas!

The course is for Individuals and community groups, especially those involved with schools, churches, village halls, scouts, guides and youth groups.

The course tutor is Bex Syrett. Bex has been fascinated by earth ovens since she saw one in use at a festival. Since learning how to build one herself, she has taught many other people how to do the same. Bex enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for making clay ovens and baking delicious food in them. Her experience of using one regularly, seeing how they work in a variety of settings and under a variety of conditions, Bex is able to share her knowledge with people who are keen to learn.

A list of topics covered in the course includes: Clay and other materials, sourcing etc. Oven construction Shelter considerations Layout of the cooking area Wood/fuel Fire and baking tools Lighting and preparing the oven Pizza - background and ideas Dough/Ingredients Baking in the Oven Community event ideas & checklist
We will use one we made earlier, to explore the final building stages and also learn techniques of lighting, firing and baking. This part of the course will focus on preparing pizza and some other classics - and provide late lunch!

During the course you will gain practical skills and experience of materials, construction, use and application of earth ovens.

Course starts at 9:30am and ends at 4:30pm.

Course fee (not including lunch) £60.

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

To reserve a place on one of our courses, choose one of the following options:

• Online:Click on the “Book online” button either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• By telephone: Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 with your credit card details.
• By post: Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 to check availability and then post cheque to:

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Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ


Our course fees include tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Cancellation Policy
We regret that we will make the following cancellation charges:
a) more than two weeks before the course - half the fee forfeit.
b) less than two weeks before the course - the full fee forfeit.

However, the Centre reserves the right to cancel any courses, deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

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