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Chapter One: Build a Basic Mud Oven
How big an oven should I make?
Materials & tools
Beauty & sculpture
A roof for your oven
Eight steps to a simple oven
Chapter Two: Firing & Baking In Your Oven
Building and managing a fire
Assembling a set of traditional baking tools
Chapter Three: Simple Sourdough Bread!
Introduction and a note on ingredients
A quick outline of a ten step sourdough process
On yeast, flour and bread
How it works - the ten step process in detail
Chapter Four: Materials & Making Do
Straw & other fibers
Gravel & sand
Subsoil clay & what to do if you can't find it
Chapter Five: Other Mixtures Other Ovens
Single layer all-clay "rammed earth" oven
Sculpting & finishing
Lime plasters & other water-resistant breathable plasters
Brick or metal doorways
Chimneys & doors
Insulating a mud oven
Experiments & things to try
Chapter Six: Pyro-Dynamics or playing with fire
Mechanics of fire
Some related principles
Metaphysics of fire
Chapter Seven: Troubleshooting
My sand form won't hold its shape
I have no sand - how else can I make a form?
I can't find straw
My fire won't burn
The bottoms of my loaves always burn
My oven is cracking
Can I quick dry my oven?
Can I keep an all-clay oven from shrinking?
The doorway is crumbling & falling apart
I can't find clay subsoil anywhere
What about fuels other than wood?
Art earth ovens
Books on bread and building
And info about the author