[Sca-cooks] camp ovens and mass ovens at home

S CLEMENGER sclemenger at msn.com
Wed Jul 2 05:16:35 PDT 2008

We built on-site, "temporary" brick ovens at Uprising this year (Uprising 
being Artemisia's biggest annual event).  I believe that they were modeled, 
somewhat, on the Estrella ovens.  We didn't mud them, but they worked 
decently anyways.  We'll be using them again in the future, and will be 
doing more experiments with them next years.  I'd like to try some meats, 
maybe, and definitely some Shrewsbury cakes and some marchpanes, but what we 
did get in the two days we fired them up (whole wheat bread on one day, and 
a barley bread on the second day, with baked fruit cobblers on the second 
day as well) were pretty tasty.  We'd lost a bit much of the heat on day 2, 
so while the bread came out beautifully, the cobbler cooked but didn't 
brown.  I'm going to override the initial instigator of the idea, and get us 
a probe thermometer for next year.....
Building them was lots of fun.  I got a few pictures, but all you can really 
see of it is this square pile of brick and sand.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stefan li Rous" <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>
To: "SCA-Cooks maillist SCA-Cooks" <SCA-Cooks at Ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 10:50 PM
Subject: [Sca-cooks] camp ovens and mass ovens at home

> Oh? Can you or some else give us more details on these and how they
> are run? I've only been to Estrella once and that was over 15 years
> ago, probably long before these were created. Are these permanent or
> are they rebuilt each year? Are these in one location or scattered
> throughout the park? Who runs these or created this project? I'd love
> to have an article on these for the Florilegium.  Perhaps such a
> project could be made to work at other sites, such as Gulf Wars.
> <<< I'm building a permanent brick bread oven in the new place actually.
> There's this half-finished brick BBQ that would convert pretty easily;
> just fill in the hollow inside, pour a slab then start building the
> dome.  Booyah!
> Selene  >>>
> Sounds like an interesting project. If you decide to do this, could
> you take a series of photographs as you progress? I think a step-by-
> step how-to article on this might encourage others to try this as
> well. I know I'd like to see and hear how this turns out. 

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