“I’ve already written a bit about my enthusiasm for ensuring we have something other than a camp stove and an open fire to cook on during the build of our house. I’ve done that before for large groups of people and I’m not keen to repeat the experience over longer than a weekend. It also seems fairly obvious that the key to ensuring we have willing and happy helpers is to keep them well fed (the whole build will go smoother with full bellies). So I don’t think it’s unreasonable to spend quite a bit of time and effort ensuring this is taken care of – I consider it good project management. One of our strategies is a barrel oven.
I’ve seen a number of accounts on various blogs from people who’ve built their own ovens, including making the metal parts themselves, but they’re all a bit light on detail about how they did the metal bits. Others simply purchased the metal parts from Firespeaking and just built the oven around them. Since the latter isn’t an option for us (even if Firespeaking shipped to Australia I think the postage on something as heavy as this would be beyond what we’d consider worth it) we’ll build the whole thing ourselves from scratch and keep an account of it here for anyone else who wants to do the same.”
More at the source: (Probably) An Exercise in Hoop-Jumping blog