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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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  • coal?

    I've been using anthracite coal to heat my house boiler for about 8 yrs now; I have heard its been used in pizza ovens in NYC- any one try this in a Forno Bravo oven? How is it done?

  • #2
    Re: coal?

    hi rosko.

    not gonna be much help to you sorry as i have never used coal however . . . i'm on the same train of thought as you and hopefully with a little bump on this topic someone with some more knowledge may chip in!! i know in the US there are a lot of coal fired restaurants so someone must have used it! not sure if its more suited to the New York style pizza though rather than the true neapolitan pizza? i'm hoping i can chuck some coal on with my wood fire to boost the heat output as i believe coal burns hotter than wood . . but i may be wrong!!

    keith
    my build,
    http://ukwoodfiredovenforum.proboards.com/thread/1209

    my door,
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f17/...oor-21345.html

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    • #3
      Re: coal?

      Coal in a standard wood fired oven doesn't work. Coal needs a constant supply of air. The old fashion coal ovens used draught to pressurized the chamber and force air into the fire like a blast furnace. The most modern coal ovens use a fan and forced air.

      As for coal burning hotter, it does in the most technical sense, but in pizza oven terms wood is much hotter. Reason being coal does not provide live flame. In a pizza oven the live flame is needed to provide the top heat for a balanced bake at high temperature. The coal cannot provide this live frame, and therefore the ovens need to run at a lower temperature for a balanced bake.

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      • #4
        Re: coal?

        the fly ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.
        Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste: Scientific American

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        • #5
          Re: coal?

          thanks for the replys guys, fairly conclusive then that its a no no for a wfo then!

          regards

          keith
          my build,
          http://ukwoodfiredovenforum.proboards.com/thread/1209

          my door,
          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f17/...oor-21345.html

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          • #6
            Re: coal?

            I bought a bag of coal thinking I could use it in my oven. I got a good fire started with wood, and threw some coal in....The next day, I was sifting through the ashes and found the coal that I put in, still completely in tact.

            So now I have a 50 (well, 49) pound bag of coal that I cant use. Anyone want it?

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            • #7
              Re: coal?

              Hang on to it. You could use it to make some great! oven tools

              Popular Mechanics Sink Forge

              Just sayin' .
              joe watson

              "A year from now, you will wish that you had started today "

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              • #8
                Re: coal?

                how cool is that....

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