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Work in progress - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



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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    I am just coming to the end of my Summer Kitchen project so it's been educational. We just ordered granite countertops and that will just about finish the project. (Yeah right, are you ever done? More stucco work, painting, shelves, doors, maybe a roof over the grill area, do I need a roof over the oven?, tool hangers, ash collection under the grill area?, water and drain for the sink, outdoor bathroom, maybe I do want a fridge......)

    I must admit that it was a work in progress and ideas changed as we went along. Decided no fridge but I have an electrical conduit for future use. Decided to add a hearth for grilling and designed the size to accomodate a removable gas grill and also big enough for a paella pan. I found some old handmade tiles from a previous project and had enough to face the 8 cement walls used to support all the appliances/counters....and also the visible wall by the sink.

    For sure we knew we wanted a wood fired oven to anchor the kitchen and we had the kitchen area created when we did some remodeling. The WFO was purchased at the local hardware and I covered it with insulation balls (Arlite that they use for roofs here) and plaster Then layered cement stucco for weatherproofing. I do not have an official roof so I cover the chimney with a bucket for now until I find a chimney cap. I will probably also need to extend the chimney for better draw and smoke diffusion.

    The kitchen took up a defined area between three stuccoed walls. It has a tile floor that matches the adjoining terrace and naya. We did put in a drain and water when the walls were built but of course I moved the sink to the other side of the kitchen so now we will tap a garden water line for the sink. The sink was an impulse buy at the local flea market....but a hand carved stone sink! It fits the rustic kitchen very well.

    Design wise it was close to our indoor and outdoor eating areas (dining room adjacent covered naya) which is close to the actual kitchen....so not too far to run between the two. Orientation was forced by location and winds may pose some problems.....but it essentially faces south and gets full sun exposure. There is a rosemary garden behind the oven used for the food and the fire.

    What to do different?
    Make sure everythings slopes properly for drainage.
    Make sure everything is waterproof and sun resistant.
    Get more help with the heavy stuff...my back hurts!
    Put down a temporary floor to protect the non slip tiles (Lost count of how many times I've cleaned up that #@#$$%$ floor!
    Get back my cement mixer.....

    mmmm....have someone else build it? Nah!
    ...but it does seem to take a long time to get it done...
    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!