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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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  • First timer

    Having just signed up to the forum this will be my first posting.I am a semi retired bricklayer and have worked as a refractory bricky on a wide variety of jobs over the years.I built my first WFO probably 20 years back. I think the forum is a great thing and find it very interesting. Two weeks back I put pencil to paper and started to design up a new WFO. I have just purchased the side arch bricks for the internal arch not cheap at $4.40 Aus each.The oven will be hard refractory keying into 135F Densecrete castable with SS needles then 2" blanket followed by Vermiculite/Fondu mix then render. Once things start to reach picture stage I will post them "Slowly slowly catchy monkey" Take your time and do it right.

  • #2
    Re: First timer

    Welcome Bricks I just assembled a casa2g modular don't have the time to build one from scratch you being a pro could probably whip one out in a week
    maybe when I have more space


    • #3
      Re: First timer

      Your vermiculite mix doesn't need expensive "fondu" refractory cement, particularly outside your blanket. Portland works fine at brick oven temperatures.

      Good luck with your project
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


      • #4
        Re: First timer

        Hi Dmun so just regular portland will do for the outside over lath?


        • #5
          Re: First timer

          Once portland is away from the heat its fine.

          Welcome Bricks. where abouts are you?
          $4.40 each is dear, Ive bought mine in Melbourne for $3 each.
          The English language was invented by people who couldnt spell.

          My Build.



          • #6
            Re: First timer

            On the issue of fondue verses portland/ geelong cement over fondue I use a separate barrow to mix in as normal cement can alter the properties of castable concretes therefore I prefer to keep normal cement out of the equation.The hard refractories Im using are 42% alumina which only have a +- .01% after firing thats 1mm over a metre I live down past Geelong but I do buisiness with a supllier up past melbourne. One other tip when mixing castable concrete always check the specs for mixing temp. Years ago one hot summer we were casting blocks out of high temp concrete and ended up chilling the water for the mix.Just one experience.