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Earth Oven Building

  • Sat 13th April 2019.
    Sat 22nd June 2019.
    Sat 24th Aug 2019.
    Course starts at 9:30am and ends at 4:30pm.
    Course fee including lunch £65.

  • Dates, Times & Fees

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.

Things you need to know

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.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

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

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.


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

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

Course Fees.

Start Date

Bed & Breakfast the night before the course starts

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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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