Building with Cob – A Cob Oven in Two Days

Date(s) - 12 Sep 2020 until 13 Sep 2020
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Two full on days working alongside Matthew Lloyd from The Fabulous Cob Oven Co. taking you through the process of designing and building a cob oven.

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Using a cob oven is a centuries-old way of baking. Perfect, then, for the 21st Century foodie.

Why cob?

Because using cob allows you to build your own oven.

Building with cob is fun!

Cob is a building material with a clean conscience. Using the clay from under our feet, mixed with sand and straw, it has been a staple building material to millions across the globe for millennia. In the Americas they call it adobe. No energy-hungry cement is used in the mix, and no machinery is required for construction. This is a truly accessible and sustainable method of building that connects us to our environment, and nourishes both our soul and our body.

Over two days we will be building a full sized and functioning wood-fired cob oven.

Using an existing stone base at here Denmark Farm, we will build an oven by recycling the old cob, as cob is infinitely recyclable. We will be recycling glass bottles as insulation under the oven, reusing storage heater bricks for the oven floor and insulating with a layer of a clay/straw mix.
Wood-fired ovens are becoming a foodie must-have.

Your BBQ will gather cobwebs while you explore the delights of roasting and baking in a way that lights up your senses. Your roasts will be succulent and your pizzas will cook in seconds. Nothing beats a cob oven for the centre of attention at a party. Everyone will want to try their hand at baking a pizza, and will gather around the oven long into the night.

Burning wood is a low carbon process. No fossil fuel here. This is sustainable cooking, and if you burn fruit woods you’ll be adding a very special accent to your dishes indeed.

A wood-fired cob oven is an ancient, simple and effective way of baking breads and roasting a myriad of dishes from across the globe.

A cob oven isn’t just about pizza. You’ll be baking bread, roasting vegetables, broiling meats – the only limit is your imagination.  cob oven cooking

Learn to embrace this relaxed style of cooking which also provides an evening’s entertainment. You’ll be heading back to the larder in search of more ingredients to try out. Prepare to inspire the creative chef in you!

There are a growing number of ready-made wood-fired ovens on the market, yours for around £1500 upwards. A cob oven, however, can be made for as little as £60 on materials. Matthew will show you how you can covering materials, techniques and processes.

A homemade vegetarian lunch is included in the cost, please do let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements.

Expect to get muddy, be prepared to get addicted to cob building and have heaps of fun in the process!

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Workshop Tutor: 

Matthew Lloyd (AKA Cob Oven Man) has 10 years experience of building with cob, and has worked with communities and schools all over the UK. He has developed a simple design for a cob oven using reclaimed and natural materials.

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Workshop Fee:

£120 per person (£95 if unwaged/student) includes vegetarian home made lunch, hot drinks and cakes for two days. 

If you’d like to make a weekend of it and stay at Denmark Farm, please enquire about availability in our self-contained Eco Lodge, Eco Campsite or Shared Dormitory.

We are hoping to arrange a cob oven pizza night on the Saturday evening for those who are interested. This will be at a location a few miles from Denmark Farm – as our Cob Oven will not be functional at this point. There will be a small charge for this and it is optional.

You may also be interested in other courses at Denmark Farm including: Willow Cultivation & Management, Pruning Fruit Trees in Winter, Inconvenience workshopWillow Weaving ~ Polish BasketRoundwood Timber Framing. See our events page for the full list.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.
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Unwaged/student Ticket
Cob Oven Building
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