How to Build a Cob Fireplace
Cob is a substance made out of earth, water, straw, clay and sand that has been used for thousands of years by different societies as a building material. Building with cob is a process much like sculpting, where each piece is shaped by hand and then dried into its finished form. Cob fireplaces can be built as stand alone pieces of furniture or can be built as a projected piece of furniture that uses an existing piece of cob wall. Cob fireplaces can be built into a cob building as the wall is being built or can be added as an addition at a later date. Cob can also be used to insulate and cover a metal wood burning stove giving it a natural finish and it will retain and generate more heat as well.