The Wood-Fired Blog

A Beautiful, Blue Napolino

We took this photograph internally, and I wanted to share it with you. Please forgive the factory stuff in the background — I really hope you like the vibrant, blue glossy tiles on this custom Napolino oven. And the light grey tiles are a nice accent.

This is the No Stand version destined for an outdoor kitchen island.

We have more interesting product news coming on tiled residential ovens, so stay tuned for that. And if you are interested in having a custom Napolino made for your outdoor kitchen island, let us know.

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New Datasheet Format and New Datasheets

We have significantly improved the format for our datasheets and published the first three — the Casa2G, Premio2G and Giardino. The three residential modular oven kits that we manufacture. I am excited, and happy, at how these look.

There a number of improvements. The new datasheets look a lot better, and we worked hard to make them thorough and clear. Our ovens have a number of clear advantages over competing ovens in the marketplace, so in a sense, our task was to make those advantages obvious and understandable. Having a better product always helps the marketing department!

In a nutshell, I think the new datasheets provide more information in a clearer manner, do a better job of describing the differences between our three residential modular product lines and our nine total products, and have better graphics, images and tables. And I like the colors and fonts. :-)

We will be releasing the commercial modular oven kits next. The Professionale OK and Modena2G OK.

You can read and download all of our datasheets through the FB Library. Here are the direct links:

Casa2G datasheet

Premio2G datasheet

Giardino datasheet

Here’s page one of the Premio2G datasheet, so you can see the graphics and layout.

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The Biggest Forno Bravo Photo Competition Ever

We just posted the newest submissions for the Winter 2014 Forno Bravo Photo Competition, and I I am happy to say that this is our best contest ever — both in terms of quantity and quality. I want to thank everyone who sent us their photos, and let you know that we will be taking new submissions for at least a couple more weeks.

You can find the contest by clicking on the link below:

Winter 2014 Forno Bravo Photo Competition

Here a couple of samples. Very nice!

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The Forno Bravo Newsletter Is Out Today

We sent out the February 2014 FB Wood-Fired Newsletter today, which contained the new Roma commercial pizza oven (more to come on that), a Pizza Quest video, and the Winter 2014 (Snow!) photo competition. If you haven’t read your copy yet, check your inbox.

You can also find this month’s newsletter, and all the back issues by clicking Fornobravo.com/newsletter. You can sign up here (click the subscribe button):

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We hope you enjoy it.

Winter 2014 Snow Pizza Oven Competition Photos

Hey all,

Here is the page with the first great photos of pizza ovens, snow and fire. Thanks for everyone’s submissions so far — we have some wonderful photos. But, I would not that we don’t have one of a person standing in the freezing cold making a great Pizza Napoletana. Click on the link below.

Winter 2014 Pizza Oven Photo Competition

This from me, sitting here in the low 70s and worrying about our drought.

Keep the photos coming!

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Snow, Snow, Snow. And Fire

We are getting some wonderful photos of snow, pizza ovens, and even some fire. And we have reports from the even hard core wood-fired chefs who have not used their ovens this winter for the first time ever. Ouch.

Keep the photos coming, and I will start posting them as they come in on www.fornobravo.com tomorrow!

Hang in there pizza oven lovers. Spring must be out there somewhere.

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Winter 2014 Photo Contest

We are ready to kick off the Winter 2014 Photo Contest. The basic rule is that anyone (who has a pizza oven) can play. Send us your photo at photos@fornobravo.com (any of our customer service email addresses will work), and we will post them as they come in at a special location on Forno Bravo Photos. Your photo does not need to be a new oven, but we would like a new photo if you have submitted a photo to us previously.

We will let everyone know each time we post new photos. Then, after a few weeks, we will vote internally for the semi-finalists, and post the six “best” photos on the Forno Bravo Forum, where you can vote for your favorite in an Internet poll. The photo with the most votes will win a Forno Bravo Got Wood? T-shirt, and the pride of winning this prestigious competition!

We have done a few photo competitions over the years, and they have been a lot of fun, and we have all get to enjoy some great pictures and be inspired for future outdoor kitchen and oven design project.

Here are a couple of links to some previous versions:

Winter 2012/13

Australian Summer 2011/12

Winter 2011/12

Let’s get started — we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Back From a Break From Blogging

It’s been a while since I last blogged, and I have a ton of good stuff queued up to share with you. You might know that 2013 marked our 10th year at Forno Bravo, and we ended the year with a bang. 2013 was our biggest sales year ever, and it marked our 10th consecutive year of year-over-year growth. I’m really proud of that, and for all the people we have helped fall in love with the world of wood-fired cooking.

We have now been in our new factory for a little over a year, and we are getting more efficient all the time, and I am also happy to say that our quality and craftsmanship has never been better. I am a huge believer in continual improvement, and after 10 years of building the world’s best pizza oven, we are always getting better.

Looking forward, we have lots of fun things in the works that we will be sharing with you over the coming weeks and months, including new products, recipes and cloud-based services that we think will help you get more than ever out of your oven — or maybe become a happy owner of a wood-fired for for the first time. Stay tuned.

Out of the gate, we just posted a new series of great Pizza Oven Photos, something I really enjoy. We have some stunning ovens, and some nice snow shots. And some beautiful international ovens.

Speaking of snow, if you are getting hammered this winter, you have my condolences. Our daughter goes to college in Boston, and she has seen it all. Of course Forno Bravo is located in sunny Northern California, where (apparently) it never rains (and we are in a state of emergency). So to help everyone get through the final tough days of winter, we are going to have a Photo Contest. Details to come shortly, but I can say that we will be partial to snow photos in support of our friends in the central and eastern USA. (Sorry Australia).

In other news, I am still baking bread, almost daily, and my sourdough culture is alive and well. I’ve learned a great deal, that I want to share. Think of it as the confessions of a mediocre brad baker. Complete with photos taken from my phone.

And I am still running. Boston2BigSur is coming up in a couple of months (it will be my fifth), and I’m signed up for my second Ironman this summer, with a pretty unrealistic goal of qualifying for Kona in 2-3 years.

So there are lots of good things to look forward to, which for many of you, I know includes spring, and lots of wood-fired cooking!

Stay warm.