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Getting ready to start...Finally - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

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.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

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.

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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  • Getting ready to start...Finally

    I'm new on the forum and I'm still getting used to it. I finally broke ground for my oven but I have a question. I'm in Michigan and our frost line is 42". I was going to do footers at this depth and then cement block to ground level. I was wondering if the block should be coated with anything and what should i fill the inside with? Gravel? the dirt I took out ?or a combination of both? I'm putting a slab on top of the block and then will continue the base from there.
    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    Re: Getting ready to start...Finally

    Concrete at the corners and every third or fourth cell, preferably with at least a #3 rebar vertically though the footer.


    • #3
      Re: Getting ready to start...Finally

      Thanks, I was really worried about movement. After all the planning, the wife would kill me if it heaved and cracked....


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        Re: Getting ready to start...Finally

        Wait for more and better responses, the only frost heave around here is from eating too much ice cream. Going by some of the pictures I have seen posted, my recommendation is light on reinforcement.


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          Re: Getting ready to start...Finally

          Hi Fenton and welcome....
          If you check with the local building dept, they may have recommendations.. I like the flared sonotubes.. makes it almost impossible for frost heave... also allow for drainage around your slab..... If you like, and go the block route,, In addition to what scar said, you can coat the block with SBC (surface bonding cement) and add the acrylic fortifier for additional waterproofing.. Welcome and good luck with your build
          Last edited by ThisOldGarageNJ; 08-16-2010, 05:44 PM.