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Prevailing Wind and Oven Orientation - 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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  • Prevailing Wind and Oven Orientation


    We are in the early stages of planning for a Pompeii oven. We thought we had the perfect location in mind by our patio. After studying the Forum, I realized our oven will be facing the prevailing winds.

    We live in Louisville, KY so we aren't talking about strong coastal breezes. Often, summer evenings are dead calm, but there is a fairly steady current from the West during the day.

    How seriously do we need to worry about this? We could rotate the oven 90 degrees and put a stone walkway to the front of it, but this would make it less convenient to access and might look a little funny from the patio.

    So... How important is convenience/style vs. wind orientation?


    BTW... Thanks to Forno Bravo for setting up this forum and providing the resources. Special thanks to everyone for posting their projects, inspiring me to to take this on!
    Ken H. - Kentucky
    42" Pompeii

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    Re: Prevailing Wind and Oven Orientation

    You do not want the wind blowing/drifting into the opening of your oven. I am in a similar situation due to ocean flow from the west. To have the opening on the leeward side would mean that I my back would b against a block wall instead of the open area of the backyard. My best solution is to have a crossing wind at 90 degrees. Less the optimum but better than a full frontal blow.