web analytics
Just started and 4 dumb questions - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community

Announcement

Collapse

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!

Forno Bravo
See more
See less

Just started and 4 dumb questions

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Just started and 4 dumb questions

    1. does dome pizza oven need an actual door or does the heat somehow stay inside?
    2. How would one get the thing to behave more like an outoor fireplace as well?
    maybe a bigger opening?, a movable opening?
    3. do they all need a damper
    4. If one poured conc around the brick, would that be enough insulation?

    anyone
    Los Angeles

  • #2
    Hi

    Originally posted by Tomasogrady
    1. does dome pizza oven need an actual door or does the heat somehow stay inside?
    When used for pizza, with a fire in the oven, there is no door used. With the fire removed, for retained heat cooking, a door more like an insulated plug is inserted in the inner opening, inside the flue location.
    2. How would one get the thing to behave more like an outoor fireplace as well?
    maybe a bigger opening?, a movable opening?
    You don't want a bigger opening in the dome proper, or you will suffer heat loss. You can flare your entry, and bring the fire forward under the flue, to enjoy the fire after dinner.
    3. do they all need a damper
    Most people who build an oven don't use a damper. If you were building an inside oven, and were concerned about heat loss when not in use, you could install a damper. There's no need to regulate the flue opening during use.
    4. If one poured conc around the brick, would that be enough insulation?
    NO! it would take forever to heat up, and when it got hot it would leak heat badly, and not maintain cooking temperature. There are not many things that every one here agrees on, but one is that that you can never have too much insulation.

    Good luck with your project. Keep us posted. We like photos and sharing.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

    Comment


    • #3
      Concrete is NOT insulation

      Originally posted by Tomasogrady
      4. If one poured conc around the brick, would that be enough insulation?

      anyone
      Los Angeles
      Concrete is not an insulator - it is a conductor of heat. A thick concrete cladding would suck up all the heat made by the fire and your oven would take forever to heat. What's worse, it would lose heat more rapidly.

      You need a barrier to prevent the transmission of heat from the bricks to the outside. An insulating blanket, made of fireproof ceramic fiber, is what is used.
      There is nothing quite so satisfying as drinking a cold beer, while tending a hot fire, in an oven that you built yourself, and making the best pizza that your friends have ever had.

      Comment

      Working...
      X