How to build Sunset's classic adobe oven

Use these step-by-step instructions to build a rustic outdoor oven

Weekend project: Sunset's classic adobe oven
Norman A. Plate

Steps 1–6

1.  Arrange the 8 by 8 by 16 blocks on the ground to make a 32- by 54-inch base.

2.  Cover with an identical layout of cap blocks.

3.  Add layer of firebricks.

4.  Cut the barrel in half lengthwise with a hacksaw. Center empty quart can on closed end of a half-barrel; trace and cut out circular shape. This hole will be the vent.

5.  Score and cut two firebricks in half with a circular saw (halves measure 4 1/2 inches square).

6. Starting at back end of base, make three U-shaped layers of firebricks to support the half-barrel. Each layer is three bricks long and 2 1/2 bricks wide at back end. Position barrel on bricks.

 

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