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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:
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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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  • Primavera 60 on bare ground

    I am contemplating buying the Forno Bravo 60 and would like information on placing it on bare ground. In my case, I live in the Sierra foothills in California and my terrain is a mixture of rock and clay and it in some places it is impossible to dig in the earth with a shovel. Do I need to lay a pad for this small oven and if so can I get by with something like flat rock some people use instead of concrete? I know it has to be level, but I would think I could do that myself with even my non-existant building skills.


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    Re: Primavera 60 on bare ground

    A flat rock will do fine, but it has to be level enough to hold your insulation. If it isn't dead flat, you can use a leveling medium of fireclay and sand under your insulation board. What form of enclosure are you planning?

    Don't even think about plunking your insulation boards down on bare earth.

    Does it freeze by you? If so you may need to place your flat rock on a bed of crushed stone, to avoid frost heave.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


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      Re: Primavera 60 on bare ground

      It freezes about 2 to 5 days a year and we get almost no snow. What does "enclosure" mean? And what is the differance between sand, gravel and "crushed stone"?