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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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  • Sunday Volta 100 Install

    I started my build thread here http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f21/...ven-18498.html but wanted to link folks to it who are specifically looking at modular ovens....

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    Re: Sunday Volta 100 Install

    I thought that I would post a quick update operational on this oven approx. 16months in. You can find all of the detail on the install of this oven in the link above.

    Summary: great oven for the price. could not be happier with the performance for neo pizza.

    Firing - the oven is very quick to get to temp. if I focus on the fire, I can clear the dome in under 45mins. If I start a fire and neglect it (checking every 15-20mins) it takes about 1 -1.25hrs to clear the dome. Clearing the dome only takes about 6-8 pcs of split wood (14-16" long, avg split size). Very efficient based on what I have read on this forum.

    Temps - dome easily reaches 1000deg+. floor temps of 600-800 are easily achieved. Based on a 1 hr firing, I can easily cook 6-8 pizzas before the floor temp drops too much and the leoparding of the crust trails off. A quick shift of the fire to the other side and I can easily do another 6-8 pizzas on the other side (and keep moving the fire back and forth to recharge the floor). All told I have done close to 20 pizzas in a firing and not had any temperature issues.

    Quality - no cracks to date in the dome or floor bricks. The dome did settle a bit/shift and I have gaps between the dome pieces but the dome is wrapped in blankets and I am reasonably confident that the overlapping tabs of the dome pieces are keeping the flames from directly hitting the blanket and the blanket is rated over 2,000 degrees. I am hoping that the blanket does not degrade over time from potential exposure to flames/heat. I really don't want to have to rip off the roof and open up the house to reinsulate/set the dome....

    Open issues: I have never done a really long firing to know if the oven is fully heat saturated and with a single wall steel door only, the oven temp drops off quickly overnight. I hope to have a new insulated stainless door built shortly and then will start experimenting with temp drops so that I can start doing bread and slow cooking/smoking.....more to come this fall.

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    • #3
      Really enjoyed your build thread and am about to start my own...........anything changed with regards to the your opinion on the Volta?

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