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mregenthal

building materials

Hello,

I'm considering building my own earthen oven. It maybe satisfying to mine my own clay for the project but purchasing will likely move matters quicker. Let me be direct, does clay kitty litter meet the criteria?

Thanks, M

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PMcCool

I think the Kitty Litter material has already been at least partially kilned to drive off the moisture that was naturally in the clay.  That could have some undesirable effects for a project like an earth oven.  Better to check with a local pottery supply shop, I think.  Or, odd though it may sound, see if the folks at your local highway department office can point you to a local clay supplier.  Dunno if the material they use would work for an oven but it never hurts to ask.

Paul