The Fam

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Family Photos Fall 2015

Monday, January 4, 2016

How to build a backyard cob pizza oven: Lower Insulation Layers

We have built the base and created a ring to contain the insulation layer.  This layer consists of glass bottles packed with wood chips covered in a clay slip.  Clay slip is clay and water mixture the consistency of runny pancake batter.  You take the slip and completely cover the wood chips.  This process fireproofs them, cements the bottles in place and creates air pockets to trap the heat with.  

 We out a layer of the wood insulation down first to protect the bottles from breaking.  Then we layered the bottles in packing the wood/clay mixture between them.

 Once we got the first layer complete we added a second.  This was a personal choice it is not required.  I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to keep the heat in the oven.

Once we got both layers done we packed the whole thing in more wood chips.  In all we used about 50 lbs of clay and half a bale of wood chips.  

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