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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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    We bought a 1954 house in Seattle. There is a built in fireplace in the kitchen - designed for cooking. it is taller than it is wide. I am dying to use it but have been told that I should install a fan in the chimney if I intend to use it for cooking. I'm wondering whether this is true or not. When I built a fire, it did seem that smoke was wafting out of the fireplace.

    Also, i'm wondering if I should install doors on it so I can reach a higher temperature and use it for pizza and bread. I also want to roast and grill in it.

    So any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    We would really like a picture. Taller than wide? Most fireplaces for open hearth cooking have been like little rooms, so that there is room on the hearth for rottiseries.

    As far as draw, if the chimney is good enough to draw smoke out of the fireplace, it should vent any cooking fumes. You would want to watch out for grease accumulation if you did much cooking, but you'd have to do that if you had powered venting (which I, personally, don't like. It's usually an attempt to work around a bad flue design).

    As far as baking, there have been ovens in fireplaces since colonial times. In some of those big colonial fireplaces the oven was in the side wall of the fireplace so that they shared a flue, but in most cases the oven was off to the side with a separate flue.

    As far as baking on an open hearth, with dutch ovens and reflective ovens, that's sort of beyond what we do here, but we would like to hear about your experiences.

    Good luck with your new fireplace.
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