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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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  • Hello from Portland, OR

    Well, I've got my Forno Bravo oven installed. I think it's a Casa2G. I've got a load of hardwood, and I'm ready to get started. I'm scared spitless! We installed the oven in a brick nitch in our front courtyard of our townhouse, but I'm worried about smoke to the surrounding units. The first fire I tried, the temperature got to 900 degrees (I know it was supposed to be 350), when I finally put the door on the oven and killed the fire. I haven't tried it since! We are having our children over for Easter Egg dyeing next week, and I've got to try again. I need to season it, but not sure how to go about that and get the right heat. I'm going to throw myself on your mercy and see if you can help.

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    Re: Hello from Portland, OR

    OK - Just talked to Forno Bravo, and what I did wrong in my first fire is make it too big. Jenny said to make little teeny fires, which I will do with kindling, and see if that works better. Will let everyone know.

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      Re: Hello from Portland, OR

      welcome!

      Don't be scared of it! Every oven has a 'personality' and you just have to become familiar with yours! Start small - use some newspaper and kindling only to begin with. Start the fire near the entrance so that you don't have difficulty with draw. (Down the line when you have a large hot fire it will draw fine deep inside the oven.) After the kindling is burning, add one SMALL log and let that burn down. No more for the first day. Next day you can repeat, gradually making the fires bigger. Watch the temperature and try to follow the curing temperature schedule that came with your oven - but don't stress if you don't get it exactly right. But smaller and slower is better in the beginning. Good luck!

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        Re: Hello from Portland, OR

        Thanks for the tip. Same advice I got from Forno Bravo. Starting today, & will report results.

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