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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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    Hello, I'm building a 36" Pompeii using FB's CD Rom V2.1 for guide lines
    and starting to gather materials. To avoid shipping fees I'm checking local suppliers for FB equivalents. I have found a ceramic blanket that is listed as 8 lbs/sq ft but is nearly twice the cost at FB. They have a 4 lb/sq ft blanket at the same price as FB's 8 lb/sq ft. Is FB's product Cerablanket? For this application will it make a big difference if I use the less dense material?
    Thanks for any comments and look forward to participating here.

  • #2
    Re: First post

    Hi Breadjunkie,

    Thank you for your first post. :-) We, here, at Forno Bravo recommend that you have at least 3" of an insulating blanket over your oven dome. This is to help retain heat and create an even cooking temp within your oven. Please send pictures of your complete oven, we would love to see them! Happy building and cooking!



    • #3
      Re: First post

      Thanks for the advice. I understand about the 3 inches of blanket. I was just curious if there was a preference or need to use the 8 lb blanket or if the 4 lb blanket will be sufficient. I think it is rated for the same temperature.

      The blocks are set for the base. Pictures coming soon.


      • #4
        Re: First post

        Hello Breadjunkie,

        A few years ago when I was building my oven I had the same question. I did some research and found, if my memory serves my right that the reason for different densities was that in industry there are instances where the insulation value is needed in a very tight area where 4lb/cuft would be to bulky so an 8lb/cuft insulation is used, so, your space restrictions would dictate which weight of insulation would be most suitable. Also, the different insulation weights conduct heat at different rates but for what we need in a WFO setting I didn't worry about the conductivity of the different weights. There are calculations in industry for the proper insulation but that was going to far for me so I never followed up on the calcs. Note this is from memory, from a few years ago. There are probably other reasons also but that info stuck with me.



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          Thanks for the comments. So the difference is a conductivity issue. It's interesting that there is such a wide range of prices for these materials.

          By the way JAG is also my initials.