posted on May, 3 2007 @ 12:24 AM
Such an important skill when it comes to an extended survival situation. Although, what I call survival is just living without extreme comfort.
Funny... how spoiled we are.
If this is your interest, you will need to plan out a suitable environment from which to survive and subsequently build your oven. I chose Alaska for
a lot a different reasons to exist in this modern day. Relative to your thread, I enjoy the solid rock formations that have produced clay due to
glacial action. Also, I enjoy the plentiful amounts of coal that can be picked up in the woods or on the beach.
So, once you hunker down in this place and feel comfortable enough to build an oven, you need to make sure there is a source of coal or really really
dense wood, or else you'll be wasting your time. You need something that can burn hot and long without reducing a lot in density.
Then, personally, I'd fashion a nice crevice with some boulders and a lot of clay into an oven. As far as a container to smelt in, you are going to
have to spend a long time grinding a crucible out of some stone, or get really lucky.
I see the availability of a suitable crucible and fuel as the major obstacles in all of this.
If tshtf, come this way and we'll hammer it all out...
[edit on 5/3/2007 by Anubis Kanubis]