Hi my name is Simon Brookes. I decided to set-up this blog in order to share my experience of building a wood-fired clay, garden oven. If you search for information about building these beautiful objects you will find it, indeed there are some excellent on-line resources and books published on the subject. However, during the process of constructing my oven I was looking for a resource which not only provided details on the building methods, materials etc. but also gave me the opportunity to share hints and tips and ask questions of others”out there” with prior experience. I couldn’t find one so this is an attempt to provide such a resource.
I also hoped to make this a hub resource for other websites and so will provide links to useful and relevant links, news and courses. Please let me know of any you find.
The blog, and my involvement with garden ovens, have taken on a life of their own. The site has received well over 800,000 visits, I have published a book and I now run oven building courses several times a year (see below).
I must acknowledge the inspiration for my wanting to start such a project in the first place. In July 2008 my wife brought me, as a surprise birthday present, a one day course at River Cottage Headquaters. The day long course called “Build and Bake” was absolutely fantastic – easily one of the most enjoyable days I have spent.
The process I have used to build my own clay oven (as outlined on this blog) is pretty much the method of construction used by the River Cottage team and even though you can follow my instructions I thoroughly recommend you enrol yourself on their course before you begin your own clay oven, if you are in a position to do so. I also run my own courses now at the Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hampshire:
Please feel free to ask questions, send photos and join the discussion.
P.S. You can now follow me on Twitter if you like: http://twitter.com/ClayPizzaOven and join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/theclayovenblog