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Fire up time for Pompei oven - 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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  • Fire up time for Pompei oven

    Hi, could anyone help me and advise the likely time it will take to fire up my oven once completed and cured properly. I am building a high vault 30" pompei oven exactly as described in the forno bravo plans using firebricks, thermal blanket and 4" vermiculite insulation. I'm just worried as I've heard some can take 2 hours to reach pizza cooking temperature which isn't what I had in mind when I started the project. I had to reduce the size from 36" oven to 30" as I messed up the base but anyhow should still be ok it looks decent enough, right now I'm half way through building the dome.

  • #2
    Re: Fire up time for Pompei oven

    It takes about an hour for my dome to turn completely white, meaning it's ready for pizza.

    My 34" WFO build

    Weber 22-OTG / Ugly Drum Smoker / 34" WFO


    • #3
      Re: Fire up time for Pompei oven

      It depends entirely on the ferocity of your fires, and the dryness of your firewood. Small, dry wood can clear the dome in an hour, as George mentions. Bigger, wetter pieces will take longer.

      It helps that your oven in small in scale. Larger ovens take longer to heat. Don't be discouraged if you don't get these results right away: There's a lot of residual moisture to be driven out of your dome and insulation.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


      • #4
        Re: Fire up time for Pompei oven

        great thanks just what i wanted to hear!


        • #5
          Re: Fire up time for Pompei oven

          Hi jgray,
          Did you say your building a 30" wide with a 30" ceiling? That dome height seems a bit high for the width. My 42" oven has a 22" ceiling and it takes me about 1 1/2 hours to fire (2 to go completely white).
          View my pictures at, Picasaweb.google.com/xharleyguy