Simple but effective Clay Cob pizza oven- Lynsted
Clay Cob pizza oven – Lynsted Kent
While we were working at the RSCC outside Sandwich, Kent in May 2011 we were contacted by another client in Kent who also wanted a cob oven for his garden and sited in the grounds of a very old brick and oak frame house in Lynsted near Faversham.
The client had built a very nice base and roof for us so all we needed to do was lay a hearth of old reclaimed firebricks from a storage heater and brick arch and build up the layers of clay cob.
With the help of the clients young son helping after school, the clay was soon puddled and applied and ready for hand over a few days later. The clay cob pizza oven fitted very nicely with the style of house and garden and is very popular with the kids for cooking pizza at home.
Because of time restraints, we had to leave the sand form inside the oven while the clay dried out sufficiently before the client could dig it out, hence the sand being visible in the photo. See our other bigger clay cob oven project here, Clay Cob Pizza Oven-Bucklebury, Berkshire
We are available for commissions to an agreed design and all ovens can be infinitely customisable because of the flexible nature of clay. We have some bagged clay available locally but stock is very variable. Chopped dust-free straw is available at competitive rates should you need some for your own project. Kiko Denzer is a well known master builder of clay cob pizza ovens, so please see this article in Permaculture magazine here
Here’s a video of quite a small cob oven but it gives you the general principles. We put a lot of insulation under the hearth that can be in whatever form you have available. A lot of people use empty beer bottles as they’re solid but contain a lot of insulating air, other possibilities are vermiculite bound with clay or strawy lime.
Clay Cob pizza oven – Lynsted Kent While we were working at the RSCC outside Sandwich, Kent in May 2011 we were contacted by another client in Kent who also wanted a cob oven for his garden and sited in the grounds of a very old brick and oak frame house in Lynsted near Faversham. […]