Have you ever thought about how you will cook after STHF? You can bake off-grid using this DIY homemade backyard oven.This idea is brought to you by Teri Page who lives a wonderful, off-grid homestead life in Northeastern Missouri. One of the challenges that she’s turned into an asset is her baking process. Baking off-grid is done completely outside in her homemade backyard oven.
Technically, these plans are for a brick oven with a light straw-clay insulating layer that is then and finished with an earthen plaster. Bricks replace cob as the mass of the oven walls and roof. The earthen plaster is simply a mixture of clay, sand, and straw which holds it all together.
In a typical day, she can cook it all – loaves of bread, lunch, and dinner. Any recipe you can bake in your house oven, you can bake in this oven. A 350-300 degree oven can bake casseroles, muffins, quick bread, oven roasted potatoes, pies, quiche … the list is endless.
She fires up the oven in the morning and is ready to bake a round of bread around noon. Right after she removes the bread, the 400F oven is nice and hot for roasting. The rest of the afternoon the oven temperature is in the mid to high 300Fs and she uses it for all kinds of regular baking. By early evening the oven temperature is in the high 200s and overnight the oven will steadily fall to just around 180-200F, perfect for an overnight stew.
Detailed in their eBook are plans on how to build your own off-grid backyard oven, along with ways to use reclaimed material to keep costs low to how you can use your oven to cook casseroles, bread, pizza, and more.