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Hello From Ontario - 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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  • Hello From Ontario

    Hello all
    Started a 36 inch low vault oven last month. The oven is now complete and ready for insulation. Trying to get some ideas on gable house.


  • #2
    Re: Hello From Ontario

    Welcome aboard.

    Some pics would be great!!

    My thread:
    My costs:
    My pics:


    • #3
      Re: Hello From Ontario

      Yea - What Dave said. We're all about visuals

      In regard to gable enclosures, there is a butt load of those. Do a search of Ken - first one that came to mind.

      Check out my pictures here:

      If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.


      • #4
        Re: Hello From Ontario

        Thanks Dave ,Les
        My pictures are now up loaded, but I'm struggling on adding the link to my reply.

        PhotoPlog - Uploads Posted By Antonio D.


        • #5
          Re: Hello From Ontario

          Once you have the pictures uploaded in the photoplog, you can copy the [img]
          line below the picture, and place the picture directly in your reply:

          Like that.
          My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


          • #6
            Re: Hello From Ontario

            From one Ontarian to another - welcome!
            There are no end of finishing styles and every oven seems to turn out unique so I'll look forward to seeing what you decide on.



            • #7
              Re: Hello From Ontario

              Antonio, did you embed a vermiculite layer into your concrete hearth, or is that just rough concrete I see in your picture? Looks nice either way.
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              • #8
                Re: Hello From Ontario

                Yes I did embed the vermiculite layer. The hearth is 5" steel reinforced concrete, and 5" vermiculite.
                PhotoPlog - Hearth and Stand


                • #9
                  Re: Hello From Ontario

                  finally completed my oven.
                  Just need to make a door




                  • #10
                    Re: Hello From Ontario

                    My first post here! I'm glad to see there are others from Ontario here. I'll be building my own WFO when spring is here... this site will be an invaluable tool to help me accomplish that. I'm just starting to find my way around and I am especially interested in seeing what other northerners have done to build a secure foundation. I'm sure I will find the info I need but feel free to point me in the right directions if you have nothing to do.


                    • #11
                      Re: Hello From Ontario

                      Welcome Pat,
                      I had a pool dug out the year before we built the oven. I had a 5 foot deep hole dug and we dumped all the leftover concrete in with rebar. so it's pretty solid. It is a bit of an overkill but at the time it was cheap and easy.
                      I would suggest going with a footing below the frostline (about 4 feet).
                      block up to hearth level and fill block with concrete. Styrofoam insulate on both sides of the block that is below ground level. When you pour the concrete
                      pad put a sheet of styrofoam between the concrete and the ground. Build your hearth and oven according to the plans.


                      • #12
                        Re: Hello From Ontario

                        welcome pat and antonio,,,

                        glad to have you guys here,,, enjoy the site, when you finish the building there is plenty of info here on cooking too


                        • #13
                          Re: Hello From Ontario

                          Thanks guys!
                          Antonio, do you think I should go thicker than 6 inches on the footing?


                          • #14
                            Re: Hello From Ontario

                            I am especially interested in seeing what other northerners have done to build a secure foundation.
                            If I may be so bold, I'd suggest the Canadian method of shallow frost protected foundations, If you want more that the slab-on-crushed-rock method.

                            ESB: Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations
                            My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


                            • #15
                              Re: Hello From Ontario

                              Hi Pat,
                              6" is more than enough for a footing.
                              Where about in Ontario are you?