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  • Hi from Adelaide, OZ

    hi good oven folks...

    came across FornoBravo a couple of weeks ago when Googling for wood fired oven plans... what a magnificent site this is and on top of it all it has a brilliant active forum as well... what more could one want... yeah yeah... world peace prosperity inner harmony etc etc... but for baking this has it ALL

    cheers and thanks for the brilliant site

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    Re: Hi from Adelaide, OZ

    Welcome Trevor!

    Good to see that yet another Adelaidean has joined the Forum. Other active Adelaide members (in no particular order) are nissanneill, KISS4me, Bacterium, and marcusjn.

    I can predict that you'll spend many a happy hour reading fascinating stuff on this Forum - I've learnt just so much from other people here and have a lot to thank them for.

    As far as your post about lime mortar goes, I think nissanneill used some in his mix and was very happy with the results, and particularly the ease of application, workability, etc. I think his formula was the same as that in the FB plans, which does however include Portland cement in the mix.

    Neill might chime in, but if not, just send him a Private Message (PM).

    All the best with your project.

    Cheers, Paul.


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      Re: Hi from Adelaide, OZ

      Thanks for the welcome Paul

      you are definitely right about finding lots of interesting info here... real soooo much... but the forum software you use is excellent especially in that it lists what it sees as related topics at the bottom of a thread which is so handy.

      I am sure the lime mortar should work well, but just not sure what ratio of lime putty to sand for this purpose and also whether or not it would have to be the pozzolan (?) lime mortar that is a hydraulic mortar with the addition of brick dust and or other materials... but usually that is used where you need mortar to set under water or in very exposed conditions.

      hopefully will get some feedback on it... still have a coouple of months before I will probably get to start the project

      cheers and many thanks


      • #4
        Re: Hi from Adelaide, OZ

        Welcome aboard.

        The obsession has begun!

        Have a blast!
        My thread:
        My costs:
        My pics:


        • #5
          Re: Hi from Adelaide, OZ

          Hi Trevor and welcome aboard,
          as Paul said, I might chip in. Just seem to sit on the side a little now and chime in when appropriate.
          It's great to see that Adelaideans a\seem more into these ovens than the rest of Aus.
          I built my 40" Pompeii using the sand, cement, lime and fire clay mix and more than happy with it. If you want, check out my threads of contact me direct to put you in the right places for your materials. It can rally make a difference.I'm a little south of the city so you're more than welcome to visit and try the oven. My oven commencement os at:

          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/n...-1-a-2005.html. then to:

          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f21/...-4-a-2045.html and the last construction pics on:


          You can also do a search of my posts for lots of other information.

          Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

          The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

          Neillís Pompeiii #1
          Neillís kitchen underway


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            Re: Hi from Adelaide, OZ

            Hi Trevor and welcome

            Adelaide = accessible gourmet food, great (fresh) local produce, quality wine regionsÖ.. To me a wood fired oven just seemed a logical edition. (Opps Iím probably preaching to the converted).

            Iím up in Godís country (North East)

            Build #1

            Build #2 (Current)


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              Re: Hi from Adelaide, OZ

              Thanks guys for the warm welcome... I am sure it is going to be VERY addictive

              I will definitely be in touch Neil as it gets closer to being a reality... at this stage we know where it is going... we have the plans... many thanks to the generosity of Forno Bravo... and this forum

              a great looking oven Neil... what sort of final cost do you see it coming in at?

              cheers T


              • #8
                Re: Hi from Adelaide, OZ

                I like to think that it cost almost nothing, with secondhand fire bricks (200 @$1 each), sand, cement, lime, fireclay, (I have 3 X 25Kg bags left over), reinforcing mesh, insulation, vermiculite, cast aluminium doors, downlights, thermocouples, thermocouple switch, flues, expanded metal for spark arrester, tiles, infra-red thermometer, etc, total cost around $1200.
                A small price for what it adds to the property and the pleasure that it brings to everybody, especially all the family and friends. That is where the costs really come to life, feeding the masses.
                I don't drink so they provide their own. Good deal eh!!

                Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

                The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

                Neillís Pompeiii #1
                Neillís kitchen underway