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Forno Bravo Forum Community,

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.

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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  • Desert Sand

    Below is an excerpt from a website that discusses the insulation property of sand:
    "Temperatures in Namib can reach as high as 150 degrees on the surface of the sand. A fraction of an inch could mean a 30 degree temperature difference. The sand , as well as shade, act as insulators to the intense sunlight found in Namib Desert. "
    Assuming that the above is correct , can sand be used as an insulator below the hearth floor and on top of the dome (possibly in place of vermiculite)?

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    Re: Desert Sand

    No. Deep sand in the desert stays cool because it conducts the cold from below. Caves are always 50 degrees. It's not remotely an insulator.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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    • #3
      Re: Desert Sand

      The problem with sand as an insulation on top is if you get cracking, sand will get onto your meal you are cooking. V'lite is much coarser.

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