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Of course, you can make pizza, bread, and other baked goods, and you can also use it as a grill for meats or operate it at a lower temperature for baking casserole-type dishes.
The trouble is that it can be very expensive to have an outdoor oven installed. Luckily, there is a step-by-step tutorial on The Year of Mud that shows you how to build one of your own!
The Importance of Dough
While you can cook all sorts of foods in the wood-fired pizza oven, bread and pizzas do very well in there. Do you know how to make basic bread dough? Many preppers store lots of flour but how many of them know how to use it. When you invest in creating one of these ovens you are taking on a new cooking skill.
You will likely start cooking and preparing dough more often. All of the survival, following the Neolithic, of humans has been on the back of grains and bread. That is how we deal with this.
Your Pizza Oven
Its time to start the journey with your own pizza oven. This is not out of your wheelhouse.
This design is for a cob oven, which uses an ingenious technique of combining clay, sand, straw, and water to create a durable, highly insulated cooking dome.
These supplies are easy to come by, and the base can be created using re-purposed materials. A bit more planning might be required than simply hiring someone else to build the oven, but you can’t beat homemade pizza plus bragging rights!
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
If you can't afford the box culvert option you can look into is building a backyard root cellar that can be used as a bunker.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then check out Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.