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Before I start - 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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    Hi All
    I am just ready to start my oven and would be grateful for some advice, I have had no luck in trying to purchase clay, I would like to put a cavity underneath for storing logs.
    Also I have heard that I need insulation, but where do I put it? Can I use cement instead of clay? Any help would be very welcome.

  • #2

    An oven build after the pompeii design is quite a project, yet ordinary people get it done all the time. My advice for proceeding is here.

    The fireclay you need for the home made mortar is available at refractories (look in yellow pages or do a google search for your local area), or at pottery supply houses.
    Lee B.
    DFW area, Texas, USA

    If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is Here.
    Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is here.
    An album showing our Thermal Breaks is Here.

    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.


    • #3
      Re: Before I start

      Thanks mate for the advice it will come in very handy.


      • #4
        Re: Before I start

        Also I have heard that I need insulation, but where do I put it?
        You must insulate or your oven will be worthless. You need insulation under the floor and dome, and around the dome as well. You need two inches of refractory insulation board or four inches of vermiculite concrete under your oven and a similar amount of refractory blanket insulation or vermiculite concrete (or loose vermiculite in an enclosure) above it.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


        • #5
          Re: Before I start

          Did not now any of that, thanks very much, will get on it today.


          • #6
            Re: Before I start

            Be sure to study the Pompeii Oven plans (free on the Forno Bravo site) in close detail before you get too far into your planning. They contain a wealth of information and advice on design materials and techniques.

            Good luck and welcome to the Forum!


            • #7
              Re: Before I start

              As for fire clay, unless you are making your own high temp mortar, I would just start cutting your fire brick, you will get plenty of residue (fire clay) that you can use under your floor.