How To Quickly Build A Survival Oven Using Dirt, Water And Sticks

Friday, December 26, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Travis P
December 24, 2014

Have you ever heard of a tandoor oven? No? Neither had I until right about 2009. I was deployed to Afghanistan and found myself constantly eating this delicious local bread, cooked in the local’s ovens. But this wasn’t a place that had modern infrastructure or even electricity, so I use the term “oven” a little loosely. These were what we originally called “mud ovens,” and on occasion we found ourselves warming our hands and feet near one.

It was probably a good three or four months before we actually learned the name of these neat little ovens. After a lot of broken English/Afghan conversations, the local Afghan National Army soldier we worked with became quite friendly and our go-to local national soldier. He eventually corrected our terminology from “mud oven” to “tandoor.”

My squad, our company’s recon squad, was pushed to a northern outpost where we could control the middle ground of our region. We set up in an abandoned compound and eventually built our defenses and turned our little home into a fortress.

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