Building a Stone Oven Part Five


The stone oven at Ginty CreekThe side of the stone oven at Ginty CreekI wasn’t sure how to fit the chimney.  There wasn’t room behind the cookstove to insert the chimney into the wall.  So I figured I could run it directly through one of the lids on the cookstove top.

The original cookstove top had an extension that was designed to fit over a water reservoir.  It will be useful as a warm shelf to rise bread or for similar purposes.

side of Ginty Creek's stone oven with extensionI got the idea of building a stone oven from a friend who incorporated a Tulikivi soapstone stove into the house he built.  He installed it himself and got a special deal on it – it cost him only $11,000.

Our stove was made mostly with found materials.  The door and top were from different stoves but were free.  The chimneys pieces I already had – and they didn’t even need cutting!  The sand and rocks were collected locally.  The only cost was a little over a bag of cement – about $25 – and about 100 hours labour!

I let the stove I built in the mountains set for two weeks before I lit a fire.  Soon water was boiling out of the cement!  So I will not be putting a fire into this one for a while.  Soon I will have to go to Nuk Tessli for the summer (I am waiting for the ice to go out – like everywhere else, it is very late this year) so I don’t suppose I will be able to try it out until the fall.


About wilderness dweller

I have lived for more than 30 years as a Wilderness Dweller. Most of that time was in cabins I built myself far from the nearest road, high in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. My "retirement" home is accessible by a bush road but still far from neighbours. I live off the grid, and operate this blog by solar-powered satellite internet.
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7 Responses to Building a Stone Oven Part Five

  1. Karilee says:

    Wow, Chris – that’s a great job. I’m sure it will birth many beautiful loaves of bread! As always, love your pictures.

  2. Judith Stride says:

    Looks a great stove, thanks for the photos, enjoy your summer at Nuk Tessli ….

  3. Sherry says:

    What a great stove!

  4. anke says:

    That looks solid! Thanks for sharing pictures and description. Now I can give it try myself.

  5. Carol says:

    well done, it looks great!!!!

  6. Ben says:

    Wow, it’s a beauty!

    I have really enjoyed the ‘Building a stone oven’ posts – and pictures.

    I hope you have a good summer in the mountains.

    Best regards from the 60th parallel north in Sweden.


  7. Rosemary says:

    A terrific story of how to build a stone oven, well illustrated. Maybe it will inspire others to do the same! (And I was glad to see our old stove top put to such good use.)

    We enjoy your blog, so full of interesting stories and pictures.

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