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Forno Bravo Forum Community,

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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Pizza Oven - London Ontario

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    I started my Pompeii style Pizza Oven the last week of April and completed the project by the end of June. We are now enjoying pizza at least twice a week.

    I followed the Forno Brava plans - making a 42" by 21" high interior dome. The base ended up being quite large - 7 coarses of cinderblock high - because I wanted to build it into the deck which was 24" off the ground.

    I ended up with a stucco exterior keeping the igloo shape. The counter out to the right provides lots of work space and wood storage. Under the oven, the area my wife refers to a "bomb shelter" provides for additional wood storage.

    I ended up getting the Pre-Mixed Fire Mortar, FB Blanket and FB Board from AlphaTherm in Markham Ontario. The remaining materials I was able to find locally. I had a hard time sourcing vermiculite, ended up buying 20 smaller bags of it at Home Depot. I also ended up forming the chimney cap, as the ones the local retailer had were for a 10" chimney flu.

    This was my first brick/masonary project. I have worked with cememt before, but never to this degree. Oven functions really well, and the exterior dome is barely warm after having the oven fired at 700 degrees for several hours.

    My final cost of the oven came in just over $3,000.00, partly because of the size of the support structure and counter. I guess we will just have to eat a lot of pizzas to get our money's worth. (This doesn't include the deck work which was above and beyond that price)

    Ian Gray
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