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Carbondale Community Oven is HOT

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Carbondale Comm...

Carbondale Community Oven is HOT

Wow--it's been 2 years since we wrote in this blog to ask for advice.  Now, we have a true community oven in Carbondale, Colorado, in which we have been baking for almost two years.  This summer, a beautiful new community garden will surround our Oven, bringing more bakers, tasters and excitement to the site.  Many folks have contacted us for advice on building their own ovens.  Also, local farmers have stepped up to grow wheat in our valley, like their parents and grandparents did 100 years ago-- and we are purchasing a grinder to process it.  In just two years, the Carbondale Community Oven has become a genuine local institution, adopted by everyone who loves good bread, local food, and the joy that comes from sharing such a magical yet elemental act with their friends and neighbors.  

On Facebook:  Carbondale Community Oven

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Thank you to the many individuals, organizations and businesses who made the Carbondale Community Oven a reality.



Floydm's picture

That's great.  Well done!

Janetcook's picture

How fun.  Would love to see a photo of your oven.  You have to be the experts now on baking at altitude and in a wfo.  Did  you bake during the winter too?  I would imagine the snow would slow production down a bit, but then this past winter we didn't get much snow....more like winter in the spring ....


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We have photos on our Facebook page (Carbondale Community Oven) and our website (

Hope you like them!


We have baked every month of the year, but we don't get as many bakers in the winter.  Last December, though, we had 5 South American tourists visit for a day of lessons and baking in the oven.  It was so much fun!  We froze!  But the bread was awesome.  Townspeople came out to meet them and there were lots of hugs when they left.


The snow doesn't really affect the fire; it's just cold standing around waiting for the bread to come out.  But, we have a nice "waiting room" nearby, a meeting room in the local nonprofit center, with a grand piano.  Talk about roughing it.