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I'm a "top down fire" convert! - 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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  • I'm a "top down fire" convert!

    We fired up the oven today and did the top-down method (although it seemed counter-intuitive to both me and my husband). We put the big logs on bottom, then smaller wood across those, then twigs, dryer lint, and a fire starter.....it lit like a champ and did not need tending for about 20 minutes when we put the big log on top! We did not cook any pizzas today so didn't get the oven up past 500....baked several casseroles. I hope my pictures turn out.

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    Re: I'm a "top down fire" convert!

    I read that post about the top down fire and last time I built my fire "front to back", putting big logs in the back of the oven and smaller stuff near the front and had a very successful, low maintenance burn. An innovation!!

    My Oven Thread:


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      Re: I'm a "top down fire" convert!

      an old technique that should be taught in school. Funny that in your whole life, no one ever sits you down and teaches you how to build a great fire. I bet it was required learning for Homo Erectus.
      Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.



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        Re: I'm a "top down fire" convert!

        Boy scouts. And girl scouts, too - they teach you how to light a fire.

        Switzerland has this strong hiking and fire lighting culture going, and children do learn how to safely light a fire, contain it in a ring of stones, and put it out when they've finished with it, in such a way that it can be reused later.

        Still, they don't use the top down method. Maybe that's why I can't get the hang of it, having been taught to do it differently when I was young (er...)
        "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)



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          Re: I'm a "top down fire" convert!

          I too am a 100% convert to Top Down. It is awesome! Almost no smoke