Who says you have to buy expensive hardwood to fire your earth oven. Where wood is scarce in many parts of the world, there are alternative fuels. Right here in Maine (where hardwood is readily available) there's no reason to disregard free alternatives. Whatever you use, however, must be dry, really dry.
The key to using fuel, any fuel wisely, is oven insulation. The more insulation the better. Extra insulation translates to less air pollution and more trees left standing.
Garlic stalks from the garden
There they go
Breadhunter aka Stu Silverstein
Bread Earth And Fire: Earth Ovens And Artisan Breads
For the past couple of years I've been revising my book, Bread Earth And Fire. I've added the subtitle Earth Ovens And Artisan Breads because I feel this more fully explains what the book is about. Along with the photos, you'll now find drawings that better illustrate the oven building process, new ovens to build as well a history of bread from the "beginning of time."
Bread Earth And Fire: Earth Ovens And Artisan Breads is available as a print copy as well as an ebook from Lulu.
I write about bread and wood-fired bread ovens. Sourdough bread baking is my specialty. While the dough is rising I have time to make art, lots of art. Each winter I travel to Guatemala to build energy efficient stoves for the Mayas.