Ever since we moved to this property we’ve had a dual purpose for the land. First, we wanted to see how independently we can live on a limited amount of land. We have backup systems for almost everything but cooking. For cooking we need electricity, and while we have a dual-dual redact power generation capability, we still needed something more resilient to fall back on.
Second, we want the provide learning experiences for kids. We’ve had large groups of kids come through to see the farm, see the green house and aquaponics system and generally learn about growing their own food.
So, we decided to combine the two interest and build a pavilion with an integrated bread oven (aka., pizza oven.) This will provide our back up kitchen facilities and what kid doesn’t like pizza?
The pavilion structure is built from rough sawn Douglas fur using dove tail construction. There’s over 7,000 pounds of lumber in the structure alone. Its 18’ x 24’ in size.
The bread oven is a “hybrid” oven made by Chicago Brick Oven that can run on propane and/or wood. Amusingly, the vendor spec’s the oven as being able to cook 2.4 pizzas at the same time. Got to love marketing.
We surround the structure in a natural stone wall and it rests on a natural stone floor. Here are some pictures of the build: