19 Amazing Cob Pizza Oven Project Ideas

pizza-ovens-collageThis article isn’t really about how to build a pizza oven, although you will find links to documents with complete instructions. There are many articles about building with cob and many places to find everything you need to know about using cob – which is one of the easiest building materials you may ever work with.


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Cob pizza ovens are a great introductory project to get familiar with building with cob. The ovens can be used to cook all kinds of foods like baking bread, casseroles, and more, in addition to baking pizza. So, in the event of a loss of electricity, they are a great substitute for an oven because they heat up quickly and burn only a little wood (comparatively speaking). And – they can be used in almost any kind of weather.

The Basics

Here’s a little information to get familiar with the basics. The diagram below shows the inner workings of a standard pizza oven. This model does not include a vent pipe, which some people prefer. (The vent can prevent black soot from getting all over the front of the oven.)

pizza oven goingoffdagridjanice

Photo by: goingoffdagridjanice.com

Here’s also a link to how to make and work with cob. You’ll notice the photos below feature ovens that get progressively fancier – and more time consuming to build. If you have an artistic streak, this might be a great project and medium for you.

1. Simple and Functional

You could build something as simple the one below. It’s just a standard pizza oven, but the builder has added mosaic on the outside to dress it up a bit. The mosaics would also help protect it from the weather with a proper seal.

unknown from pinterest

Photo by: Unknown

Usually I consider myself a pretty creative person. However, after seeing some of these, I realize we need to ramp it up a quite few notches if we’re going to have a unique, long lasting, and beautiful pizza oven.

2. More Detail With Beautifully Weathered Metal

If you want to make a pizza oven that’s not just the usual, is good looking, and still not a bunch of extra work, you might want to try one like this one. The builder added metal shingles and a matching metal vent flue that have both gotten a great look – I think it’s steel with a hot oil finish. That being said, if your cob oven gets hot enough on the outside to heat the outside, it’s not insulated properly and should have been built with much thicker walls. There’s always a strong possibility the builder put a finish on the metal, then put it on the oven.

pizza oven copper top tomatotango

Photo by: tomatotango.com

3. Add Rocks And Detail

It’s also possible to make a quite nice looking pizza oven by just adding some stone, brick, and a bit of metal. This one also has some storage below for enough wood for a couple of fires. This one looks like a lady bug.

pizza oven permaculture dot org

Photo by: The Permaculture Research Institute

4. Add The Mosaic Design Of Your Choice

You could always find a mosaic design on line if you can’t think of one yourself. Just know that mosaic can be a lot of work. It’s not hard, but it can be very time consuming.

pizza oven waschbear frances green on flickr

Photo by: waschbear frances green on flickr

5-9. Add A Simple Cob Design To Your Pizza Oven

Here is an example of how you could build a basic pizza oven and add something like one of these designs with very little extra work. It also doesn’t take a great deal of artistic talent to make your pizza oven your own.

pizza oven naturalhomes dot org

Photo by: naturalhomes.org

pizza oven kates cob at cobworks dot com

Photo by: cobworks.com

pizza oven strawbalestudio dot org

Photo by: strawbalestudio.org

pizza oven earthdworld dot co dot uk

Photo by: earthworld.co.uk

pizza oven glennkathystroglodytcabin

Photo by: glennkathystroglodytcabin.com

10. A Pizza Oven For Your Favorite Fisher

This is one of my favorites. I like the design and amount of detail and I think the design would go great on my property because it has kind of an Asian flare to it.

pizza oven fish gary amos

Photo by: Gary Amos

11. Sometimes It’s More Of A Statement Than A Pizza Oven

This one both amuses me and scares me. It’s a little weird, but at the same time, playful. Make up your own mind about it.

pizza oven thepoorfarm blogspot dot com

Photo by: thepoorfarm.blogspot.com

12. A Professionally Built Pizza Oven

This pizza oven can be found in the Bacchus restaurant in Troy, New York. Of course, it’s indoors and huge – neither one of which may be practical for you, but still a good example of what can be done with money and creativity. This one is probably not built from cob, but some other material that holds up well with the constant heating during business hours and then cooling overnight.

pizza oven bacchus head

Photo by: Adam Kuban

13. Maybe A Chicken Head Is Your Favorite

This one is also funny to me. It shows creativity and shows that even a simple design can make a pizza oven stand out.

pizza oven mudflowercreations dot com

Photo by: mudflowercreations.com

14. Not Technically A Pizza Oven

This one is actually a newspaper dispenser, although it would be a great idea for a tall version of a pizza oven. The top cubbyhole could be for tinder and the venting could be done through the very top.

pizza oven idea ilovecob

Photo by: ilovecob.com

15. Smokey The Bear – On Fire

The smoke actually vents out the ears on this oven. There is also lots of room for tinder and small fire branches in the base of the oven, which is handy.

pizza oven smokey neill

Photo by: Neill from on Forno Bravo Forum

16. Camouflage For A Brick Oven

The core of this pizza oven is brick and the build has used cob to create a design on the outside of the brick. It’s a pretty spectacular way to add an artistic design to an oven.

pizza oven natural homes

Photo by: Sigi Koko

17. A Huge Garden Gnome

This one is pretty popular on Pinterest – with good reason.

pizza oven shamballa

Photo by: shamballapermaculture.com

18. A Garden Gnome Under A Head Of Garlic

Yep, that’s what it is…

pizza oven cobbecauseyouarelove

Photo by: cobbecauseyouarelove.tumblr.com

19. A Pizza Oven And A Mass Heater Bench

This design is from Kiko Denzer, who literally wrote the book on building cob ovens.

pizza oven bird kiko dnzer permaculture dot co dot

Photo by: Kiko Denzer on Permaculture.co.uk

Last But Not Least

Make your cob pizza oven your own. Be sure to add a little something that reminds you what a cool thing you built and leave your mark on history! At least in your own back yard…

pizza oven freestylefarms

Photo by: freestylefarms.com

The Book That Made Cob Grow Like Crazy

Cob is a building medium that has been used in much of the world for centuries. In the United States, cob was used by very few people. Now, the use of cob as a building medium is exploding – mostly thanks to this book.

kiko denzer book

Build Your Own Earth Oven by Kiko Denzer

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