web analytics
Using Leftovers,Fun Or a waste of time? - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community


1 of 2 < >


Hello, Forno Bravo Community Forum members.

As many may have noticed already, the Community Forum site was briefly down today. While working on scheduled routine maintenance, we encountered an error when trying to add a software update. As the site is now back up and running, some of you may notice that some recent data has been misplaced from November 10th up to today. We are currently working on resolving the issue. The forum has full operational capabilities and we encourage all forum members to continue actively posting in the threads.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this issue may have caused you. The Forno Bravo family values each and every member of our community. If you have any issues or concerns, please feel free to let us know on our issues thread here:


Thank you for understanding.
2 of 2 < >

Forno Bravo Forum Thread Message

Hello, Forno Bravo Community Forum Members!

The Forno Bravo team has heard the feedback in regards to the community forum. We wanted to take the time to re-enforce our commitment to a fully engaged Forum with professional moderation.

Our top priority as a company is to fix all forum errors and issues that you are experiencing. As we are swiftly working on these problems, we want to say that we highly value the Forum Bravo Community Forum and every single community forum member.

We have set up this thread so that every member can address any concerns, issues and questions about the forum. Please feel free to ask whatever you would like in regards to the forum; let us know what issues you are experiencing so we can work on resolving them as fast as possible. However, we stress that we would like constructive engagement, so please be specific about the issue you are experiencing.

Thank you for all of your patience and continued support.

Link to topic: http://www.fornobravo.com/community/...with-new-forum
See more
See less

Using Leftovers,Fun Or a waste of time?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Using Leftovers,Fun Or a waste of time?

    So Im getting ready to build an oven...its going to be the first time so I looked thu the net and found some great DIY ideas that don't cost an arm and a leg. But I have been told that this is just a waste of time and i should invest "whatever" I need to do it right.
    Here is my problem:
    OK I give out alot of $$$ build the thing, and then something is not right, gotta give out more $$ to fix it and well you know how that goes...
    If I do the DIY way first and then later a big invest ment i could learn a bit and see the errors before it costs alot.
    any ideas about this?

  • #2
    Re: Using Leftovers,Fun Or a waste of time?

    I spent about a year reading and planning before I ever put shovel to ground. You will get lots of good ideas, and it won't cost you a cent. In the time it takes to plan, you can scout around for free/used/surplus materials, which will bring the cost of your oven down.

    There are some costs you can't avoid. You need insulation. There's really no substitute for the vermiculite/perlite homemade stuff, or the refractory boards and blankets, for a little more money. You'll need concrete, and mortar, and rebar. None of these things are particularly expensive by themselves, but they add up.

    By exchanging your own time for the labor of others you will get the satisfaction of doing something youself, from the ground up, and save a few bucks in the process.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


    • #3
      Re: Using Leftovers,Fun Or a waste of time?

      You can build your first one right, just spend the time to learn how. That said, it certainly does not hurt to spend the time learning on gathering materials when you can get them cheap. All I have to buy for mine are mortar and perlite, I have accumulated everything else I need. A lot also depends upon how willing you are to work to scavenge materials. As an example, every oven contains insulating blankets, and if you watch Craigslist and are willing to salvage them you can get plenty for free (although you might have to pay to dispose of the oven carcasses).


      • #4
        Re: Using Leftovers,Fun Or a waste of time?

        Dmun has it in a nutshell. Do your research, make your decisions, source your materials, (but DON"T skimp on your insulation), identify what you CAN DO, ask questions about what you think you can't do and we will help you through it.
        Building an oven is within anyone's capability, all you need is encouragement, a desire to get it done, a few helpers on the side (or accessible) and a few basic tools.

        Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

        The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

        Neill’s Pompeiii #1
        Neill’s kitchen underway