Constructing Oast Cowls Since 1937

Dude and Arnette are a fourth generation family business. Our team specialises in oast cowl repair, construction and maintenance. Wherever you live in the UK, if you have a building with an Oast cowl (the distinctive chimneys on the top of Oast houses) then it’s almost certain it will have been serviced by one of our family at some point in its life. From royalty to business and regular homeowners, we have been the go-to oast house repair company for over seven decades. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Just a few of our top services

Traditionally Built Wooden Oast Cowls

As a family business, we place great stock in values such as trust and integrity. Constructing oast cowls takes great skill and precision, and our team are all highly trained craftsmen. We’re proud that we don’t use subcontractors – we would never risk compromising the quality of our work or our reputation.

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Oast cowl repair and maintenance

The longevity of your oast cowl is a passion of ours, we will help maintain and repair any damage to extend its life and avoid more expensive work in the future. Despite our keen sense of tradition(yes we have a thing or two to say about fibreglass Oast cowls), but we’re a very modern business and are committed to delivering quality work while minimising cost for our clients.

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Kiln roof repair

We are also the UK’s leading restorer and repairer of traditional Kent hop kilns. We use traditional methods including Kent peg tiles which have been used since the 13th century. From royalty to businesses and regular homeowners, we have been the go-to Oast house repair company for over seven decades. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

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Our Latest Blog Posts

Oast refurbishment by hand

We’ve always worked with our hands here at Dude & Arnette, some of us used to be mechanics, some started working on oasts early raising cowls up by hand using pulleys and poles. We like getting stuck in, but there are lots of other reason why investing in a true craftsman for oast refurbishment is important.

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Oast House Restoration

It’s that time of year when those of us lucky enough to live in a period property are warming our feet by a large open fire. But period properties are hard work. Fact. They require tender, loving care, and a fair measure of expertise. It takes bravery and commitment to take on an oast house restoration and

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Kent’s Oast history

Designed for the drying of hops, an oast (or oast house) is an essential part of Kent history. Kent was famed for its hop-growing, and the demand for somewhere safe to dry (kiln) the hops for the thirsty brewers was high. How did an oast house work? Green hops were picked in the hop gardens

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Some of our latest work

In November we returned to the world famous The Hop Farm to continue our work on the cowls on Bell 2. Having completed our work on Bell 1 back in May it was our absolute pleasure to return & complete the set.

To read about the work why not visit https://thehopfarm.co.uk/news/oast-refurbishment-update-phase-2

To read more on the oast and how we completed the build visit our blog or read about all of our past work on our testimonial page