Category Archives: Maintenance & Repairs

Between Baking and Building: The Journey of a Beehive (Cob) Oven

Before one can use a cob oven (cob meaning earth or in this instance clay, sand, water and a smattering of straw) there is the necessary–and often long–drying period.  The cob needs to dry (outside and inside) and harden, forming … Continue reading

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Rebuilding a Beehive (Cob or Bake) Oven

The first weekend of May began with our Beehive Oven Workshop.  Ed Murphy, leading the workshop was anxious to get things underway.  First folks sieved the clay to remove any stray bits, then sand and water were mixed with the … Continue reading

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Building a Beehive (Cob or Bake) Oven: Take Down

Some times repair work requires a little dis-assembly. In the case of the fort’s well-loved beehive bake oven, almost everything, roof, oven, oven base, had to be  taken apart so that we might start anew. The roof came off easily, … Continue reading

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Building a Beehive (Cob) Oven: The Fort’s Community Oven

The fort’s community oven (beehive) has served the fort for more than two decades.  After so many years of hard service, our oven is ready for major repairs.  While we make plans to work on our oven, we thought that … Continue reading

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Building a Beehive Oven (Cob or Outdoor Bread Oven): Research

While doing some research in preparation for our upcoming beehive (cob) oven rebuild we came across some interesting materials.  Among these, from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is the Book The Bread Ovens of Quebec (BOILY, Lise, and Jean-François Blanchette. … Continue reading

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