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

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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Toasting a busy summer

We’ve had a wonderful summer here at Dude & Arnette, from press interviews celebrating craftsmanship to maintaining our much-loved oast cowl project Hop Farm and constructing brand new kiln roofs and oasts in Sussex. We couldn’t have done any of it without our hard-working team. Kent Life Magazine Our very own Dude was also interviewed

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Oast House Holidays

Yearning for a ye olde English holiday in the countryside? Somewhere to kick off your Birkenstocks and relax in front of the fire, with a couple of faithful pooches by your side? Well, you’ve come to the right place, as we also happen to enjoy those things and have done the hard work in finding

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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