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New to Wood ovens - 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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  • New to Wood ovens

    Hi, from the UK, was wondering if anyone could give me some detailed plans of a small to medium, igloo type oven, wanting to get one built this summer, got a mate who's a builder willing to help but cant get any decent plans or construction information, please help



  • #2
    Re: New to Wood ovens

    Hi Steven,

    The good folks who host this web site have produced a set of plans for the round, dome shaped (Igloo) wood fired oven. The name for this oven is Pompeii. The plans and detailed instructions for building this oven are available free at this link -

    Brick Oven Plans | Build an Italian Brick Oven

    Along with the advice available from this on - line community here on this forum, this plan set is the resource I used to build the oven in my back yard. I am completely satisfied with the results.

    Good luck with your project and keep us posted with pictures and any questions you have about building your oven.



    • #3
      Re: New to Wood ovens

      got a mate who's a builder willing to help
      Pay particular attention to insulation. We've heard of more than one "expert" who has skipped this vital step.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


      • #4
        Re: New to Wood ovens

        The plans posed on this site are a good start.

        Modify as needed. The foundation will have to be site specific. (If you have a mate who is familiar with local construction this is a great asset).

        There are basically three types of foundations:

        - Reinforced structural slab on grade. This is the easiest to construct but is only suitable if the underling subbase material is compact and consistent.
        - Footings. Often used if there is a concern with the subbase material. For example a poorly or unevenly compacted clay or clay till .
        - Piles. Again, if there is concern with the subbase material.