We have finally built during the Natural Building course with Jorge Belanko, a wonderful ‘fogão a lenha’ with a drum oven. This is a type of wood-fired stove used traditionally in Brasil for cooking (where firewood is found in abundance), but the one we have built is much more efficient. This one utilises a minimal amount of small, thin pieces of wood, and a closed-door system, and the smoke produced from this quickly heats the hotplates for cooking and also the barrel oven.
It was constructed with a gravel-bag base, and on top of that solely adobe brick and cob with some re-bar for the grills. We are waiting for it to dry now so we put the finishing plaster on and inaugurate the oven with a pizza night!