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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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  • Need help deciding on oven...

    Hi Everyone,

    I am having a very hard time deciding on a WFO. I have never really done any mason work and really have no desire for yet another mammoth project (like building a bomb shelter for WFO to sit on. I have WAY to many projects underway to take on another big one. At the same time I am a foodie and cooking addict – It is probably my favorite hobby (making yummy stuff).

    I LOVE Neapolitan style pizza and would REALLY enjoy making it at home on a WFO. I have come close in results using my Big Green Egg at 750 – 800 ish degrees BUT that takes a toll on the egg gasket and due to the tiny surface area of the egg, cooking the pizza is tricky.

    The oven would go in my back yard, there is no access for big machines back there, and the access is up a grassy hill.

    I have found a few possible ovens that fall in budget, but are not sure if they would work. From my extensive reading, I am convinced Forno Bravo makes quality stuff. I liked this one but not sure if it is too small;

    Andiamo70 Assembled 28" Wood Pizza Oven :: Residential Pizza Ovens :: Forno Bravo Store

    I would like to be able to do a 14” pizza and maybe some wings on a small plate. I also want to be able to cook other stuff like bread and Prime Rib roasts so it needs to hold heat fairly well.

    Am I asking too much from this small oven? I really can’t afford to have someone build a stand for me. The majority of the cooking will just be Pizza for me and the wife with hopefully regular weekend parties for 10 people on weekends. Is this a good solution for me or should I find a wway to get a 90 or 100 size oven?

    THANKS!

    Rob

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    Re: Need help deciding on oven...

    Originally posted by Bigfoot21075 View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    I am having a very hard time deciding on a WFO. I have never really done any mason work and really have no desire for yet another mammoth project (like building a bomb shelter for WFO to sit on. I have WAY to many projects underway to take on another big one. At the same time I am a foodie and cooking addict – It is probably my favorite hobby (making yummy stuff).

    I LOVE Neapolitan style pizza and would REALLY enjoy making it at home on a WFO. I have come close in results using my Big Green Egg at 750 – 800 ish degrees BUT that takes a toll on the egg gasket and due to the tiny surface area of the egg, cooking the pizza is tricky.

    The oven would go in my back yard, there is no access for big machines back there, and the access is up a grassy hill.

    I have found a few possible ovens that fall in budget, but are not sure if they would work. From my extensive reading, I am convinced Forno Bravo makes quality stuff. I liked this one but not sure if it is too small;

    Andiamo70 Assembled 28" Wood Pizza Oven :: Residential Pizza Ovens :: Forno Bravo Store

    I would like to be able to do a 14” pizza and maybe some wings on a small plate. I also want to be able to cook other stuff like bread and Prime Rib roasts so it needs to hold heat fairly well.

    Am I asking too much from this small oven? I really can’t afford to have someone build a stand for me. The majority of the cooking will just be Pizza for me and the wife with hopefully regular weekend parties for 10 people on weekends. Is this a good solution for me or should I find a wway to get a 90 or 100 size oven?

    THANKS!

    Rob
    I think that oven will do all the tasks that you name.
    Lee B.
    DFW area, Texas, USA

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