web analytics
Gaps in floor and expansion joint - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



New Forno Bravo Forum Feature

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!

Forno Bravo
See more
See less

Gaps in floor and expansion joint

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Gaps in floor and expansion joint

    Hello all,

    I set my floor today in the fireclay and sand mixture. I cut the floor so the dome will rest outside the floor. I was wondering about two things before I proceed.

    1. Do I need to leave room for the floor to expand when I set the soldier course or do you just mortar them right to the side of the floor.
    2. Do you fill the gaps in the floor with anything? I have some gaps where the bricks don't quite touch, nothing major, 1/8" max; just seems like it would collect flour and stuff.

    I will post pics in my thread at:



  • #2
    Re: Gaps in floor and expansion joint


    Yes, leave a gap for the floor to expand. I left 1/8". Some guys place a piece of cardboard around the floor as they build their first course.

    As far as floor brick gaps go, don't sweat them. They will fill with ash.