Earth Oven

We had always wanted to build an earth oven, so while our friend Michael was here, he took the reins and built us a great earth oven.

The basic shape of the oven sculpted out of sand.

The clay/dirt/sand mix forming the oven.

After removing the front door brick mold, the inside mold of additional bricks and lava rock are removed.

Fitting the oven door. Additional clay was used to finish the oval shape on the top of the door.

Firing up the oven for the first time to dry it out and cure the clay mix.

We added a quick roof cover which will be covered with shingles for when the weather turns.

Preheating the oven for baking bread with twigs and small sticks. It took 2 hours to reach about 400-500 degrees. (That’s a guess)

Removing the ashes before putting in the bread dough. We made an ash rake and a handy ash catcher to simplify the work.

Here is our test loaf. We crafted a quick handmade peel out of a 1″ x 6″ board. This peel pictured is just a piece of cardboard… which also worked fine for the job.

Placing the loaf into the oven. We baked it for 25 minutes.

Here is our first loaf baked to perfection.

A shot of our homemade peel with a mini pizza on it for a quick snack.

The oven stayed warm enough 5 hours after baking to make rice pudding in it. This will save us a lot of money on using propane for baking.

An excellent book on building your own Earth Oven is Build Your Own Earth Oven.

Homemade Bone Sauce

We found a great and easy-to-make formula for keeping unwanted deer from nibbling on our plants growing outside our fenced garden…  Bone Sauce.

You can apply the Bone Sauce directly on a tree, post or stake around any area you don’t want deer to venture into.

We discovered this formula from Sepp Holzer.

Here’s how we made our Bone Sauce.

We bought a large tin for 25¢ at the thrift store.

We added a chicken wire platform inside at a height of 4-6 inches from the bottom of the tin, then placed some cow bones we bought at the local meat market.

We dug a hole to place the tin into.

Back-fill the hole up to the lid.

Pile rocks on top of the lid.

If you are in a fire-prone area, you might want to put some kind of covering over the rocks. Add some sticks and twigs on top and start a fire. Keep the fire burning for about 8 hours. After the tin cools off, dig it out and scoop the residue from the bottom. It should look like this…

You can apply the Bone Sauce on trees, fences and on anything near an area you don’t want deer to go around. It works great and has been known to last for quite some time.