The Fresh Loaf

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Help Finding Clay or "Builders Mix" in Michigan

March 25, 2011 - 12:49pm -- bobchristenson


I've started building my outdoor bread oven from Denzer's "Build your own earth oven" book (the base has come along nicely!) but I didn't realize I was going to have such a hard time buying clay or a clay mix for the oven mix. I was hoping that digging on my property would turn up a decent mix, but it was all sand.  I've called around landscape and brick suppliers and can't find any powered/dry clay or 'builders mix' that is specified in the book.

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Another way that a drought is bad

February 13, 2008 - 3:06pm -- pumpkinpapa

I have a cob oven in my back yard and when I went to light a fire recently I noticed a missing brick near the back but upon further inspection I found that the floor had collapsed beneath the bricks. The drought of this past summer/autumn had caused a crack to open up near the back of the oven and I figure the crushed rock and gravel had shifted and caused a sink hole in the sand bed under the bricks.

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