Re: Cob oven experience
From: Mac Thomson (
Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 06:27:56 -0700 (PDT)
We also built one similar to what Sandra described. It got used only a couple 
times and then gradually disintegrated. Now we have a big stone and concrete 
base witting in a valuable location that many of us think should be removed, 
but others think is a good thing all by itself, especially considering all the 
work that went into building it.

IMO, we did not have a good experience with our community cob oven.

Mac Thomson

Heartwood Cohousing
Southwest Colorado

"Expect nothing; be prepared for anything"
       - Samurai Saying

> On May 8, 2021, at 10:11 AM, Sandra J Stowell <sjstowell1000 [at]> 
> wrote:
> Personal take on our community cob oven, now gone... after some angst, much 
> delay, and a some hard work.
> We built a sturdy block base (that was difficult to remove) for a cob oven 
> built for us in a training workshop (which was rescheduled 2 or 3 times).
> Then community put on a thin stucco coat and built a roof that was sturdy & 
> just barely large enough to shelter a cook table and a chef. Even with the 
> roof, the stucco was peeling off the cob oven, and it was shabby, and 
> unusable at this point.
> Over the course of six or so years, the oven was probably used about 4-5 
> times altogether!
> It was much too small to be useful for community meals, or even most small 
> social events.  And the start up/heat up time, with some observation and 
> tending needed, did not work well for us. We never made it pretty because it 
> really was not functional for us.
> If you envision this for meals of more than 6-8 people, it will need to be 
> much larger than ours.
> -- 
> Sandra Stowell
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