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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!

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  • fireplace

    has anybody built a fireplace under their oven. I'm just in the planning stage and would love to incorporate this in my oven if no big problems

  • #2
    Re: fireplace

    There are a number of posts on just this topic in the Outdoor Fireplace Design folder. There are benefits and drawbacks, but it certainly can be done.


    • #3
      Re: fireplace

      has anybody built a fireplace under their oven. I'm just in the planning stage and would love to incorporate this in my oven if no big problems
      I built a fireplace under my oven, but the entry on the opposite side, and inside the adjoining building. There are two problems with the combination. Many people think that a fireplace would go well directly under the oven, where the wood storage normally is. Fireplaces work best if they are vented directly up from the firebox, and that is where the oven opening is. You certainly don't want to try to vent your fireplace into the oven enclosure, that wouldn't work at all. You may also find that having a fire at your feet while you are trying to cook would be extremely unpleasant.

      There is also an inherent problem with outside fireplaces. Because you don't have the temperature difference between outside and inside that draws the smoke up the chimney. They are prone to smoking and have to be planned very carefully to take advantage of the prevailing winds.

      There is some discussion of this problem on the Rumford site.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


      • #4
        Re: fireplace

        I completed my fireplace/oven combination around July of this year. It has been fantastic. No, the fireplace is not like an indoor fireplace and does get some smoke out the front until the flue heats up, but it works great. My flue is at the rear of the fireplace and behind the oven. The mass of the fireplace heats the area nicely, even on colder days. It's nice on cool nites after the pizza's are cooked to throw the burning embers right on the logs in the fireplace and watch them catch. Easiest fire I've ever built. It's all in what you want out of your unit. Here's a pic of mine.

        Good Luck!