Woodfired Appliances

Tallgrass Vernacular

City Sprouts Oven

Sprout Oven and Cedar Framed Roof at City Sprouts, Omaha NE '18

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This earthen oven was built at City Sprouts Community Garden over the course of the Fall of '17 and Spring of '18. It features a firewood niche for storage of fuel as well as a 3-dimensional relief of the City Sprouts logo. The roof is built of local Eastern Red Cedar, considered an invasive species in the Midwest and the bane of cattle ranchers across the Great Plains. The oven will be used for community baking sessions throughout the year. Follow City Sprouts on Facebook or via their website for upcoming firings and bake sessions.

Cabin Rocket

Cabin Rocket Stove, Loess Hills, Iowa '17

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This project was built during a workshop in October of 2017 and is my spin on an evolving design that has been pioneered by a number of rocket stove engineers, notably including Max Edleson, Peter Van den Berg, Lasse Holmes, Kiko Denzer and Matthew Walker. My version incorporates ceramic flue tiles and meets all required building codes for a masonry heater. The cooktop can be used independently (bypass open) or in conjunction with the masonry heater. Many thanks to my teachers before me and my student participants for helping bring this heater to fruition.

Wild Wines

Oven at Wild Wines, Applegate Valley, OR ‘16

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This earthen oven was built during a 2-day workshop in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon at a winery that specializes in wild foraged libations. We named it Burn-y (in memory of Bernie Sander’s historic presidential run). It is used during events at the Winery as a pizza oven.


Rocket Cookstove and Heated Bench, OLCERI, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD '17

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This tandem cookstove and heated bench were built during the Indigenous Wisdom and Permaculture Convergence in the Summer of 2017. It was built to showcase natural building principles and fuel efficient heating/cooking appliances in one of the most impoverished communities in the United States. This project served as a seed of empowerment to the individuals struggling to survive the harsh elements of the Rez. The cookstove is capable of boiling the 5 gallon crock of water in ~10 minutes with a small bundle of sticks. The heater was built of 55 gallon drums and urbanite and includes a heated backrest.

Barr Oven

Barr Oven, Omaha, NE, '17

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This multi-use cob/brick oven hybrid was built as a wedding present to my good friends Rob and Kaitlin Barr. This oven was built almost entirely of salvaged materials, including the concrete block foundation, soft red brick facing and firebrick hearth. It includes my first attempt at a jack arch and a different type of chimney manifold.

Oakland Hybrid

Rocket Stove/Cob Oven Hybrid, Oakland, CA '17

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This oven was built during a workshop in a friends backyard in Oakland, California. The goal of this project was to create a smoke-free oven to appease neighbors concerned about air quality in the smoggy Bay Area. The chimney stack burns clear about 30-seconds after ignition and is a success in this regard. The owners have given me positive feedback about its cooking ability and I am eagerly awaiting finished photos as well as additional updates from the project as they apply insulation and finished plasters. A bypass was left in place to send residual heat into an attached bench for a future addition to the project.


Elk Mountain Highland Games and May Day Festival in Wimer Oregon '16

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This oven was built during the Elk Mountain Highland Games and May Day Festival in Wimer Oregon as a gift to the community and the Evans Valley Education Cooperative where I lived as a caretaker on site for a year. This oven recently got a roof and will receive some love and a finish plaster this coming Summer.

Hot Springs, NC

Hot Springs, North Carolina, April 2017

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I was able to assist my friend and teacher Jon Santiago of Hearth and Timber during this brick oven build for a wedding retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The oven was built over the course of 5 days and was finished with a custom stainless steel manifold for the chimney transition. The shell is kept at a half brick thickness to provide faster response time during preheating, and higher peak temperatures for those looking for the perfect crust.

Shanti Acres, Ashland, Oregon 2015

Shanti Acres, Ashland, Oregon 2015

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This oven was built during a single day workshop in the hills overlooking Ashland, Oregon. The foundation was built before the class and the plaster was put on after. A piece of rose quartz holds the place of the keystone. The retreat center holds weekly potlucks in the Summer and the oven sits as the center piece of the outdoor kitchen.

Bend, OR Rocket Stove

Greenhouse Batchbox Rocket Stove in Bend, Oregon ‘16

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This Rocket Stove Masonry Heater was built during a workshop at Cob Project Campus in Bend, Oregon. We built this iteration of a Russian Bell Heater over the course of a weekend with lots of enthusiastic help and gracious hosts. This has been one of my favorite projects to date. It is a single skin heater (one layer of brick) which makes a more responsive unit but would be illegal to install inside a home. The long bench exhaust is designed for keeping seed starts warm.


Earth Oven at Prairie Chick Cafe, Okoboji, IA ‘16

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This was an enjoyable 3 day build that my co-worker Ted and myself worked on with a little help from the community in Okoboji, Iowa. This is the first wood-fired oven I have built for a resturant and I am told that it was fired 4-days a week for the entire Summer of ’16. I am learning the disadvantage of this style of arch because on 3 instances now I have had problems with the keystone becoming loose. I think it is a problem resulting from different expansion rates between a thick gob of mortar and a dense firebrick. You can also see that I used a ceramic fire blanket over the oven, which I believe is prudent. Several ovens I have built have had problems with Light Straw Clay Insulation pyrolizing and turning to char from reaching temperatures of an excess of 450 degrees F. Another solution would be a non-combustible insulation such as pumice or perlite.

Lorena Rocket Stove

Lorena Rocket Stove ‘15

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My first cookstove modeled after Aprovecho’s L-feed rocket stove and Ianto Evans’ Lorena Cookstove. The stove body is completely insulated with pumice to allow for cooking in the summer without heating the interior of the cottage. It has a bypass damper to heat just the tea kettle for hot water, but the cast iron is dense and heavy and takes a while for heat transfer to begin. I will use a thinner gauge of stainless steel the next time I build one and place cooking elements directly over the firebox instead of having a bypass manifold.

Rogue Cottage Gallery

Rocket Stove at Rogue Cottage ‘15, Pacific Northwestern United States

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This was my first attempt at a rocket stove. I had already attended a workshop with Erica and Ernie Wisner as well as one with Ianto at Cob Cottage Company. I’m fairly pleased with the design, but in retrospect I would have insulated the floor below the mass, as it stands now it takes several days to heat up the mass because the dense earth below the bench is sucking up heat as fast as the heater pumps out the BTU’s


Russian Rocket ‘15

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This was my first attempt at a Bell Heater and was powered by an 8” J-tube Rocket Stove. I built this heater with students during a workshop at New Earth Farm the weekend after we had built a Straw Bale Chicken Coop. It was not meant to be a permanent installation and was built for educational purposes.


Oven at Blooms Organic ‘14

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This was my first Oven back in the Midwest. It was built during a 3-day workshop at the base of the Loess Hills. We designed the bench to mimic the shape of the hills in the background as a vernacular build that blends seamlessly with the landscape. This is the region where I most love building and is the reason for the company name.


Oven at Mystic in the Trees ‘13

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This oven was built during a music festival in Selma Oregon. I was very happy with the build, but I got stiffed on payment by the festival manager, he wouldn’t even reimburse me for materials! Consequently this oven never got a finished plaster, or any follow up visits. There was a forest fire of thousands of acres just down the road and the essence of fire was very much in the air this weekend.

Squawking Hawk

Oven at Squawking Hawk Farm ‘13

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This was my first completed oven, and done at a friend’s farm in Southern Oregon who allowed me to practice my hand at natural building on her property. The oven recently got a make-over last year and still cooks the farm’s annual thanksgiving dinner as well as random firings to feed work parties that help create this oasis just outside of Ashland, Oregon.