a few thousand pounds of clay...
I recently inherited a home in SoCal with a few thousand pounds of wet bagged clay on the property that was used for making pottery. Id like to use it to make a wood fired clay oven. I’ve seen some videos on building cob ovens and ovens made from fire brick but nothing from wet, unformed clay. I also have 20 or 30 firebricks on the same property that id expect to use for the floor of the oven.
As for uses, Id like to use the oven for bread and roasting meat, and of course pizzas.
Any suggestion on what Id need (if anything) to combine with the clay like maybe straw or something?
Id still want to use a good layer of vermiculite over the clay and maybe concrete or another clay shell over that with some broken pieces of pottery pressed in for astetics...
I’ll be pouring four concrete corners to bolt some 6x6s to so as to keep it one place and give it a good foundation that’ll resist settling. Any suggestions or resources would be appreciated.