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New Forno Bravo Forum Feature

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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  • Michelle just starting

    Hi, I am brand new to this forum and looking forward to building our oven. I am excited and scared all at the same time.

    My husband and I decided to tackle this project because I thought it would be cool to be able to cook without electricity and it would lk really cool by our outdoor fireplace area. We live in hot Gilbert Arizona (Phoenix).
    We have the foundation completed. Now comes the actual oven.

    We do not know the best place to get high temp mortar or the "Indispensible Tool".


  • #2
    Re: Michelle just starting

    Congratulation, on starting your wfo. I am in Oregon so I wouldn't know about supplies in AZ. I would suggest to check with a local supplier of masonry supplies or a mason. I think that most people buy misc. stuff from Home Depot to build their own indispensable tool. I have yet to start my WFO, waiting for the wife's OK. I have gathered most of the supplies. Good Luck.


    • #3
      Re: Michelle just starting

      Thank you for your response. I'm waiting for my husband to get started. I have hunted high and low for med brick, that is nigh impossible. I found one place, but extremely expensive. Appears everyone used low firebrick. have you decided what you are going to use?


      • #4
        Re: Michelle just starting

        There is no cooking advantage to medium duty firebrick. You probably wouldn't know the difference if they weren't harder to cut than the ordinary fireplace duty bricks. If you were building a blast furnace that ordinarily ran at metal melting temperatures, you would want the highest rated brick you could get your hands on, but for pizza it's not needed.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


        • #5
          Re: Michelle just starting

          Did you search the threads here on "indispensible tool"? I cobbled mine together with a hinge, a shelf pin, some threaded rod and an angle bracket, but there are all manner of combinations of random garage junk that will work.
          Have you considered ordering the supplies from Forno Bravo? Depending on what you mean by "very expensive" it might be your best bet, particularly since you are so close to CA and shipping might not kill.


          • #6
            Re: Michelle just starting

            I did consider ordering it from Forno Brave, but when I called and asked, I was told they do not sell it.

            So I guess we will have to make one. I perfer to but though.


            • #7
              Re: Michelle just starting


              I'm in Glendale, across the valley from you. PM me and I'll tell you where to get materials in Phoenix.


              Here is the link to my oven number 1 construction photos!

              Here is the link to my oven number 2 construction photos!