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Oven Questions from Japan - 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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  • Oven Questions from Japan

    Hi all,
    I've been searching the forum looking for info, but I've got a few questions:

    1) On the Island I live on there isn't very much wood that is usable as firewood - it's all palm or banyan and it isn't very accessible. Also, since this is a tropical island, there isn't a firewood industry, so you'd have to get permission to cut wood from someone's forest, or use lumber. Can I use regular charcoal?

    2) I read about gas fired oven, but I can't find any links or pictures. Can someone point me on the right direction?


  • #2
    Re: Oven Questions from Japan

    Charcoal might work but you need a lot of heat to heat up the masonry and unless it was very cheap (free) it would probably be too expensive. We like dense dry hardwoods like oak because they produce a lot of heat and the big fires that are often used to get these brick ovens up to temperature.

    Gas ovens or combination ovens are commercial...not really used by the DIY home builder due to safety concerns.
    Sharing life's positives and loving the slow food lane


    • #3
      Re: Oven Questions from Japan

      Thanks for the reply. I guess unless I move to one of the larger islands I'm outta luck. Too bad I can't burn coral!


      • #4
        Re: Oven Questions from Japan

        I'm not the guy to give advise but this is what I think. In the tropics there are lots and lots of coca nuts and palms. My view is that this fuel will work but your going to have to force in air ...a mini blast furnace. You'll have to keep adding dried coconut husks. I would build in a blower tube that comes up right in the middle of the fire. That should cook it. You can be the first on the island to have a coconut fired pizza party


        • #5
          Re: Oven Questions from Japan

          Burn bamboo. Cut it, split it, dry it. It burns like crazy! Very hot. So you may need some extra fuel if you want to keep a fire burning.

          I would also suggest finding a local gardener. They are always cutting down ornamental trees in people's gardens. Lots of good fuel there specially cherry!

          You might also try finding a local builder who doesn't mind saving you building scraps. You'll have to be a bit picky about what you'll burn - no MDF, pressure treated lumber, or laminated wood. Luckily most builders here in Kyushu use cedar/ hinoki- both of which would burn fast, but slower than the bamboo.

          Good luck,