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Curing - 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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  • Curing

    I recently purchased and received the Andiamo 70 oven. It was built in California and shipped fully assembled to my home in Pennsylvania. All of the instructions I have read say that you should let the oven "sit" for a week before you even begin the curing process. I am sure this oven was built several weeks ago and sat somewhere for a week after it was built and shipped across county. Would I need to let it sit yet another week before I start the curing process ?? Thanks. New to all this and want to get started.

  • #2
    Re: Curing

    In a word, yes. Before choosing to countermand the curing instructions, call fornobravo and get some expert guidance.

    I can understand the desire to put that magnificent oven to use ASAP, but, in the scheme of the Cosmos, the seven day delay is not that long
    Lee B.
    DFW area, Texas, USA

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


    • #3
      Re: Curing

      I too will start the curing process in a bout a week following the directions from Bravo. What I would like to know is what is used to create the 1st fire (wood, paper?) in order to obtain 300 degrees and what method is used to maintain that fire (I guess small pieces of wood but just want to be sure)

      Thanks for any input:


      • #4
        Re: Curing

        I contacted Forno Bravo regarding the shipping and curing process. They told me it was ready for curing since I had it shipped and it "sat" for at least 7 days......so I started the process...am in my 5th day....started with a bit of wood (small pieces)...kept it about 300 for two days....then increased.....am up to about 500 now.....still lots of water coming out of it...... am outside next to the oven and keep checking and putting on the wood as needed.....to maintain temperature....seems to be okay.


        • #5
          Re: Curing

          There is plenty of info on the curing thread (oven management,firing your oven) if you have time to read it all.
          Last edited by david s; 04-05-2012, 02:27 PM.
          Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.


          • #6
            Re: Curing

            So the oven is finished and will start curing next week. I do have a quesiton though, is the door supposed to fit perfectly? There are small gaps on either side....


            • #7
              Re: Curing

              furthermore, I see all these ovens eclosed in large amounts of brick. Is that necessary? Will my oven still accomplish my cooking goals?....pizza, breads, roasts etc.....