|Re: Community Cob Oven||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 11 May 2021 05:46:08 -0700 (PDT)|
Hafidha Sofia <hafidhaao [at] gmail.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> The attachments are temporarily at: http://www.justcomm.org/temp/temp1.jpg http://www.justcomm.org/temp/temp2.jpg http://www.justcomm.org/temp/temp3.jpg Cohousing-L does not distribute attachments, for alternatives see http://justcomm.org/jc-faq.htm#Q10 -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- TL;dr: Requires skill and patience to operate, functions a special feature for outdoor pizza garden parties where ~50 personal sized pizzas are cooked. There is no unpleasant smoke aroma (or maybe no smoke aroma at all, I don’t recall). Songaia has a cob oven built about four years ago. It sits in a spot between the garden and the common house. It requires skill and copious time to get hot, and only a handful of residents know how to operate it. But it makes delicious pizzas and we hold several garden pizza parties per year. We have hosted parties of 40+ people, with everyone getting their own self assembled pizzas. It takes hours but because these are treated as social events, it‘s not a problem. The oven is also great for baking bread and making yogurt. Because of the effort involved in getting it to the needed temperature, bread baking and yogurt making typically occur right after the pizza party, taking advantage of the dissipating heat of the oven. For our community, the cob oven is special equipment, not for every day use. Last year we had a garden intern who produced an incredible amount of art for our community. One of the things he did in coordination with our “pizza piazza” committee was re-finish the cob oven with an interesting swirl pattern. The cob oven was transformed from its usual pocked appearance to something more akin to an egg shape with a cthulthu or fire octopus pattern. (It’s art, I don’t know how to describe it.) My then 11-yo child helped paint it! It helps that we have a resident who is skillful at masonry. Attached: the cob oven before the re-finish. After re-finish, and then post-paint.
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