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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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  • Hello from Toronto

    After much searching I found this site and I'm impresssed.

    I've been toying with the idea of outdoor oven for a few yrs now as a feature of an outdoor kitchen. The big concern up here in Canada is the winters and how the stonework will survive through the cold and snow. We have a huge Italian population here and all the old guyss think I'm a bit nuts to try buiding an oven outdoors. They may be right as I have no masonry skills but then again, none of them have really tried it. I'd like to try it at least.

  • #2
    Re: Hello from Toronto

    Welcome to the forum.
    We have a lot of Canadians here. They are very well versed in the nuances of building for your climate. If none of them chime in, we also have the next best thing, builders from Wisconson

    all the old guyss think I'm a bit nuts to try buiding an oven outdoors

    They will only think you are nuts until they taste your pizza.

    I have no masonry skills

    Quite a few of the successful pompei builders started out with no masonry skills or experience. You'll do fine. Spend some time searching the forum and try to follow a few builds from start to finish to get a feel for the project. After your brain starts to hurt, begin your build, take photos and ask questions.

    Welcome to the obsession.
    Sharpei Diem.....Seize the wrinkle dog


    • #3
      Re: Hello from Toronto

      Brokencookie is correct! I had never laid a brick or actually finished concrete myself until I tried this. (I did have the advantage of a husband who had poured concrete before, but not for "pretty finish", just for footers) My oven also looks a bit like I never did, but it's standing up, just the same. And I'm finally at the point where I can do some things to it that I HAVE done before, for a change!

      Get some gloves (the ones with the rubberized front and cloth backs are good), ear protection, and safety glasses, and a respirator or dust mask. We frequently don't emphasize them enough- but you only have one set of ears, eyes and lungs, and mortar and bricks are really hard on hands.

      Read everything you can here, as suggested. Remember that our motto is Insulate, insulate, insulate!



      • #4
        Re: Hello from Toronto


        I'm located to the north and east of Toronto (Port Perry area) and have a fair bit of experience dealing with our climate and notorious freeze-thaw cycles when it comes to ovens and masonry. Send me an email if you have specific questions.

        "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827


        • #5
          Re: Hello from Toronto

          Hi Eugene,

          I'm in Ottawa and my oven survived it's first, very nasty, winter just fine. I even cooked pizzas one night when it was minus 20! Tell that to the guys who think you're crazy .

          My masonry experience was nil but I managed OK and even enjoyed the process.

          You can do it!