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Achieving 700 degrees F. - 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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  • Achieving 700 degrees F.

    I am in the process of curing our newly installed Tuscan oven located on our porch. I have maintained fires of up to 5 pieces of oak and ash wood @ 4" by 16" for up to 3 hours but have not been able to get above 500 degrees measured by a laser oven thermometer aimed at one wall. I have a 15 ' chimney. The oven draws well. Should I simply build a bigger fire for a longer period or is there another issue?

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    Re: Achieving 700 degrees F.

    I have moved this to Oven Management -- seems just right.

    It is very typical for a new oven to not come up to heat with the initial fires -- as you are baking out all the retained water.

    Take your time and try to follow our curing schedule (attached). Don't push it, or you will convert the retained water to steam, which can cause cracks and compromise how long your oven, or mortars, will last.

    Keep going and let us know how it goes.

    Do you have any photos?
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