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New Forno Bravo Forum Feature

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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  • Wow, Help!!

    Hi to all out there,
    I joined up today after entering your site as I cannot believe the amount of info that is available. But where do I start? If I sift through all the wonderfull info before I get going, I will be pushing up the daisies before I finnish! I wanted to build a vault type oven and then I read about circular ovens being better. I want to cook anything, not elephants, just small dishes, so I assume that the circular oven would be best. Advice on plans and designs I supose would be the first place to start, but I do not want build from a kit.

    Look forward to any replies. Victor

  • #2
    Re: Wow, Help!!

    We have many more round dome ovens here than barrel vaults. It's what the free download plans describe. For a home oven that has faster heat-up, pizzalike temperatures possible, and more economical operation, the round dome may be the way to go.

    Your first job is to find a few basic materials: Firebrick, vermiculite, refractory insulation, flue tile or manufactured chimney units. These are sometimes hard to find in hot climates.

    And yes, read as much as you can, and ask questions.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


    • #3
      Re: Wow, Help!!


      David nailed it. You came to the right forum. I don't think that you could possibly ask a question that hasn't been addressed (and if we don't have the answer, we're pretty good with BS ). Download the plans - get excited, and good luck with your build.

      Check out my pictures here:

      If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.


      • #4
        Re: Wow, Help!!

        Welcome to the site and glad you found it. I never thought there was such a community out there till I found this one. The info can be overwhelming until you decide what you want. Here is the link to the forum post explaining how to download the plans for the pompeii style oven.

        Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste
        like chicken...

        My 44" oven in progress...


        • #5
          Re: Wow, Help!!

          Yes, the amount of info is overwhelming! But you don't have to read everything before starting your build... download the plans and just research the different questions as and when they turn up. I'm sure you'll feel right at home here in no time!
          "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)



          • #6
            Re: Wow, Help!!

            Originally posted by Frances View Post
            Yes, the amount of info is overwhelming! But you don't have to read everything before starting your build... download the plans and just research the different questions as and when they turn up. I'm sure you'll feel right at home here in no time!
            I'll second that. If you start with the eBook, the information is more organized. After you ground yourself, you can use the Forum to go deeper into specific topics. User the search feature -- it definitely helps keep you on topic.
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            • #7
              Re: Wow, Help!!

              Find a thread of someone who built an oven that you really like. (ken's for instance) And use that for a guide along with the plans.

              I think it is also helpful to find someone that is building at the same time as you (several if possible) And keep up with their pics and posts.

              I built about the same time as Ken and Kemo and several others.

              Anyways.. Welcome aboard, and enjoy the obsession.

              My thread:
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