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Old 02-19-2013, 07:40 AM
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Hi folks

Mark here in Limpopo, just pretty much finished building an earth/ele poo oven in South Africa, signed up to here as it looks a good place for pizza and oven tips. Simple as that!

The elephant poo is kind of abundsant here, as are the dead, standing mopane trees that will provide the wood. What's not abundant is decent flour, but we will work with what we have!

Hello to you all, but goodbye for now,

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Old 02-19-2013, 08:43 AM
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Here it is, sorry for the poor photo...
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:22 AM
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Ok I gotta ask. Other then making me cringe what purpose does the dung serve? Is this a traditional building technique?
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:37 AM
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Hi shuboyje

It's basically the same as using straw and clay/sand - elephants are poor digesters so they pass a lot of fibrous matter dpending on time of year and what they've been eating. Here in winter there's no green grass so they eat mostly bark and tree matter, making the dung even more fibrous. We gathered some older dung (the new stuff is quite grassy and also now its summer gets pulled apart by dung beetles quite quickly) and made a sand-less cob mix with clay slip as an insulation layer between two layers of 2:1 sand/clay. The fibres - as in cob - prvide structure and as an insulating layer in theory reduce heat loss from the food-facing inner clay/sand layer.

I hope that makes sense!

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:56 PM
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Mark hope you understand the Oz sense of humour
.....if it looks like an oven, smells like an oven, and roars like a wood oven well it must be an oven...
maybe this redefines the "smell" part.

Jokes aside, it obviously works and adds another thread to the broadness here...

Welcome and good to have a pic of it
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:58 AM
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Cheers Damon, and thanks for the welcome

We have quite a few Australians here - one left only yesterday after 6 months; I'm English... it's the same humour only with less subtlety, I think!

Thanks for the welcome - I'll be sure to keep the posts coming as and when something happens. Hopefully something good, not a catastrophic collapse. Or methane explosion.

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Old 02-20-2013, 07:17 AM
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First pizza today - moderately successful. I'll have another in about an hour, I think...
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:42 AM
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Thought I'd add some background to the build, foundation up...
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:57 AM
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and so on... including rare and unflattering footage of the author...
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:00 AM
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Until, finally....
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