Learn to Build a Super Efficient Cob Oven – Stony Plain AB

Date: June 18 - June 18, 2016
Duration: 1 day
Fee: $110
Location: Stony Plain , AB

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About the Cob Oven Workshop:

Come out for the day, June 18th, 2016 and learn all about building with earth: specifically how to use it to build a super efficient wood fired oven. You will gain the skills to build your very own wood-fired oven made from natural materials including clay, sand, straw, and bricks.

This workshop will take place in Stony Plain, AB. A healthy, hearty lunch and refreshments are included.



Throughout the course of one day, we will actually build an oven, what we call a cob oven, (cob: a mixture of clay, sand & straw), so you’ll have very practical experience to accompany the theory and design information that is covered during the workshop as well.

These ovens create an exceptional environment for baking artisan breads and amazing pizza, as well as stews, roasts, delicious veggies, cinnamon buns, baked desserts and more.


And we’ll show you how it can be done with minimal cost!



Some of topics that we’ll be covering during the day:

• Identify ideal place for your oven

• Create a base for an oven

• Identify suitable soil for making cob

• Lay firebricks for an effective hearth

• Build an oven form

• Mix thermal cob & natural insulation for a highly efficient oven

• How to cure your oven

• How to light a fire for optimal cooking

• Learn how to mix a simple and beautiful earthen plaster

• Build the perfect door

• Use wood efficiently

• Our secrets for a successful bake – thermal cooking vs. live fire cooking

This is a big list. It is a lot to take in over the course of just one day. With this in mind we’ve created a set of resources that we give to you, to maximize your understanding of the whole process. This includes:

1. Our complete note package that we’ve compiled and edited over the last 5 years of teaching which covers the details like optimal oven dimensions, mixing cob, and resources for sourcing material.

2. 3 videos: We also give you access to three exclusive videos including how to test your soil material for clay (this is the key point to know when building with cob!), removing the sand from your oven, and mixing and applying an earthen plaster to give you oven the final touch.


What Makes it ‘Super Efficient’?

After years of building ovens, we’ve taken the design to the next level. Combining the traditional proportions of the oven, with the addition of a smoke chamber and chimney we’ve managed to arrive at a design that maximizes the heating potential and minimizes, actually basically eliminates, smoke. We’ll get into the details of this design during the workshop.

double chamber cob oven kaleden party


Why Hands-on:

One of the key elements in the above list is learning to identify suitable soil for making cob. This why we feel a hands-on workshop can really deliver. Often, we get students who say they have been reading many natural building books for years, or perhaps the great book “Build Your Own Earth Oven” by Kiko Denzer has been on their nightstand through the long winter months, and their comment is always the same: until they were to really get their hands dirty with the material (cob) under clear guidance, they were lacking the confidence to move forward on their own projects.

Mixing cob for wood fired cob oven at Dirt Craft workshop.


Why a Cob Oven:

Working with natural materials is an empowering process that, by it’s very nature, invites collaboration and cooperation. Cooking in an earthen oven connects us with the elements and our food in a profound way. By the end of this workshop you will have connected with some great people and you’ll walk away with the skills necessary to build your own oven, of your designing.




“Thank you so so very much for the amazing day!! I’m definitely feeling inspired. I enjoyed very much the hands-on approach. There really is no other way. The instructions were simple, clear and relaxed…which I also loved.”

-Dalia Kohen, Student (How to Build a Cob Oven Calgary)


Learn From Experience:

We have taught over 450 students, and built over 50 cob ovens since we officially became a business in 2010. This means we have encountered many different, and sometimes difficult scenarios. Often, the most difficult of which has been the clay. We’ve had to work with material which has been collected to build, and we have to figure out how to turn it into cob, earthen plasters or even earthen floors. We bring this experience and knowledge to each workshop, so that when you encounter your own difficulties, during your own project, you will be armed with all of the necessary information to make good decisions when the time comes.


Thoughts on Natural Building Education:

We strongly believe that natural building is best learned in a hands-on environment, and this is why we always work on real projects in our workshops. Our goal is to ensure that you get the education and experience you need, to have the confidence to work on your own projects. We want to contribute in a positive and meaningful manner to the natural building community and we think that education, with integrity, in the latest building techniques can expand and add to this emerging field.


This course is for you if:

  • The thought of building with natural materials excites and/ or scares you – but you really want to dig in!
  • You would love to be able to eat delicious wood fired pizza from an oven you can build yourself!
  • You are looking for guidance on where to start with cob and wood fired oven
  • The idea that you can build with material found under foot is awe-inspiring & perception altering

Click here to see more photos what you can expect from a day, and to see some delicious Cob Oven Cookery Photos as well.


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More Details:

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