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Getting ready- need some construction advice! - 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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  • Getting ready- need some construction advice!

    Hello! I've been wanting an outdoor brick oven ever since spending some time with the Italians in Iraq- they actually built a brick oven in their camp!

    After talking with the Forno Bravo people, I am planning on the pre-assembled Primavera 70. Then I can just build the base and have the oven set on top.

    So I am getting ready to do this expensive, involved process. I am having a 4' x 12' 6" reinforced cement pad poured tomorrow. It's going to hold the pizza oven on one end, my grill on the other end, and some work space in between. I would really appreciate any advice on my plan.

    After the pad is poured, I am planning to build a simple cinder block frame- focusing on a square for the oven of about 44" inches across (the oven being 42" across). Because of the layout of my patio (about 12" above the ground), I planned to have the frame open at the back to store wood back there.

    As I understand it, I should have rebar in the cement to poke up through the blocks?

    After the frame is made, I need to make a cement top of 3 1/2" reinforced concrete to set the oven on, correct? I can just set the oven on that?

    Considering the weight of this oven, how do you manage to move it off the poles you use to lift it onto the base and onto the correct location on the base without damaging the oven or your back?

    Finally, I am planning to have a bit of roof over the island, so I will need to extend the chimney above that. 1st- will it affect the oven at all to have a non-standard length chimney? 2nd- How can you make the additional length of chimney look like the original terracotta type section?

    Anything else I need to consider?