How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven

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As part of a recent giveaway, one of the questions I asked was What DIY project would you like to see featured on Backdoor Survival?”  There were some amazing responses and over time, I hope to work through the list.

Interestingly enough, two readers requested a similar topic and when more than one reader makes a request, I sit up and pay attention.  The DIY projects were:

1.  How can I build a bread-baking oven with mud and straw?
2.  I would like to learn how to build a Horno oven (traditional Native American wood-fired oven).

How to Build an Outdoor Oven

As luck would have it, this is a familiar topic since awhile back, I featured an article on DIY mud ovens.  I had first seen one at the Mother Earth News Fair and was fascinated by its simplicity as well as its efficiency. I was later contacted by a Backdoor Survival reader who had built his own mud oven and was willing to share some hands-on tips.  Later, during one of my travels, I found some mud ovens in actual use in both Mexico and Costa Rica.  I was hooked!

For those of you that are new to the concept, outdoor Mud Ovens are common in third world countries where indoor cooking facilities are nominal and where cooking fuel consists of wood and biomass.  They are also known in some areas as Horno ovens.

So what is a mud oven and how do you build one of your own?  By reader request, read more at:

How to Build a Mud Oven


I am writing this today with every intention of getting it uploaded to the Backdoor Survival servers in a timely manner.  Alas, I have had no internet service for the last four hours and cell service is also down (and I do not have a land line). Let us hope that unlike last year, service will be restored sooner rather than later.

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Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves:  This is the book that will teach you how to build a masonry oven out of mud then teach you how to mix flour and water for real bread that is “better than anything you can buy.”

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I use my cast iron cookware for everything from burgers, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. Be sure to select the Value pack Skillet with Silicone Handle which is less money and a better deal.

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. They are perfect for keeping your hands and arms safe while cooking outdoors over an open fire.

Lodge Dutch Oven/Camp Stove:  I originally purchased this Dutch oven because it was so darn cute.  But over time, I have learned to love it for its versatility.  Remember, a camp stove is designed so that you can bake with it by arranging charcoal on top of the lid as well as underneath the Dutch Oven itself.

OXO Steel Dish Brush: I use this brush exclusively for cleaning cast iron.  It has never seen soap and I plan to keep it that way.

Ove’ Gloves Hot Surface Handler:  I cannot say enough about these hand and arm protectors.  I have permanent scars from hitting my arm on the rack of my oven.  I can only imagine what I would look like if I did not use these with my cast iron cookware.  Forget the colorful silicon hot pads.  These are 1000 times better!

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. They are made of soft and supple top grain leather for comfort and pliability, plus they have an internal liner gives more comfort and durability.

Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day: This is the latest edition in the Artisan In Five series and possibly the best.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.  There is also Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients.


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How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven — 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this. We finished our oven in March and it has had lots of use for pizza. I am still perfecting the bread baking. Ours was such fun to build and we are quite proud of it. I hope more people take on this project. We spent a total of $58 to build ours (fire bricks and straw), the rest of the supplies came right out of our own yard!

  2. Nice article but for me, the only way to fly is with a rocket oven. Mine looks very similar to the photo in this article but with just a single handful of small sticks, I can cook a pizza or load of bread. The times are the same as for my propane oven: ten minutes to preheat and then 25 minutes for cooking. Google rocket ovens and you’ll see what I mean.

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