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Acoma 09-10-2007 03:32 PM

Yearly Grand Prize
James and fellow forum peers, I want to suggest we create a once a year Grand Prize event. The winner gets the holiday gift. What we do is to get paypal created, each of us (voluntarily) contributes whatever for the year ($1+). It would go to the best oven that calendar year. There would have to be start to finish photos too. For those from the past, they should be admitted as well. Each oven gets only one year to compete. This allows new people, or ovens to be involved each year. The grand prize can be a choice of supplies from FB. I figure that James can help get this narrowed down to allowable prizes, maybe 1st, 2nd, 3rd. I know I have yet to start, mine will be started next Saturday. I merely think we can expand upon this hard work every oven builder has done and shared, and create fun with it too.


redbricknick 09-10-2007 10:59 PM

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What if it takes three years to finish my oven? Hello all.. been hot here in L.A.. Decking the backyard.. Anyone know where i can get an old redwood hot tub?

JoeT62 09-11-2007 11:35 AM

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I like the idea as well.

One other thought - what about an annual FB "convention" where whoever can make it gets together for a weekend of food, wine, and an oven build ?

Acoma 09-11-2007 01:44 PM

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Redbricknick, regarding your question about years, the prize is about completed ovens. My belief is that many of us want to add excitement to what we are creating. I believe that each completed oven gets one annual shot towards a prize. Whether it takes you a week or 5 years, it is the completed oven.
Yogi, as for a get together, I don't know if it can be done at one location for an international audience. That idea is excellant on a regional basis. Those getting together for a weekend can do a oven build and maybe create a worldwide regional competition among those participating.
Lets get more ideas on this.....I know more members are reading this thread, and should throw ideas into this. I looked at CP and could not believe how many members never, or rarely get involved in this incredible forum.

christo 09-11-2007 06:06 PM

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If I have to wait to finish my oven before I can attend. It could be years!!!

Acoma 09-11-2007 08:11 PM

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Christo, these are ideas we are throwing out. Ideas about getting together does not mean finishing the oven first, the idea of a yearly prize for ovens is what I am throwing out. Of course we need James to chime in on this.

Bacterium 09-11-2007 08:32 PM

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I like the calendar idea as it is something that could be easily ordered for us overseas people.......and I quess forums don't just run on "bytes" :rolleyes:

There are a few guys in here from Adelaide (South Australia).....we could have a local chapter that meets once a year.......someone once suggest having a forum area for those from common physical regions/countries.

Richie 09-11-2007 08:56 PM

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I'm in for the convention, as long as there is wine and beer, and oh yea, pizza. Where?

james 09-11-2007 10:34 PM

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I have always liked the idea of contest and competitions. Of course the tricky part is getting folks to enter, and working out the judging. FB will happily contribute the prizes -- we have great accessories. As they say, every good hobby has great toys.

How do we set up categories and judging? How do we get folks to enter?

I'm looking forward to Forno Bravo World in Las Vegas. Can we get there in a couple of years?


Acoma 09-11-2007 11:41 PM

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James, thank you for showing approval to the idea. I believe we can make this very successful.
Maybe create the contest within the photo gallery for all completed ovens. Ones in progress stay within the regular forum. Once an oven is complete, a completed photo goes to the gallery with others completed. You can have yearly gallery ( meaning 2007, 2008, etc) of those submitted. The winner submits that oven once, all others get to repeat entries ( this should be your call).
Judging and contributions should be simple too. E-blast all members about the contest, and do once a month reminder. Create a way of allowing members to vote as often as they wish for the ones they like most, but to only vote once on the same oven.
Award money can be by paypal (or something similar). Members can voluntarily offer money through it. You can have some type of counter that shows totals for the year. As for award money, it should go towards FB prizes. Maybe some other members can elaborate better than me, or better plan the way to make this happen.

Well, it looks like the first regional gathering is for Vegas 2009?

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