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Old 01-14-2008, 07:36 PM
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I am happy to announce that Forno Bravo just introduced its own brand of insulation: FB Blanket and FB Board. We reached an agreement directly with a producer in Asia, and are buying it by the container. Our first delivery has arrived in California, and everything looks great.

FB Blanket is a Alumina Silica ceramic insulating blanket, 8lb/sq. ft., rated to 1260C (2300F). It comes in a 50 sq ft. box; is 97% AL203+SIO2, and is perfect for pizza oven insulation. We have priced it at $75 for a box, which is very close to the cost of vermiculite -- and a lot less than Insulfrax. Our hope is that more folks will be able to use 3-4" of blanket insulation, and stop using vermiculite all together.

FB Board is also 97% Alumina Silica and rated to 1260C (2300F). The density is 18.75lb/sq. ft. We are able to purchase 12"x36"x2" boards, so you can buy only what you need, and won't waste material. The cost is $27.50 per board, which is less than SuperIsol -- and very close to the cost of vermiculite.

This is pretty exciting. Being able to mix the new space-age insulators, with low prices is a good thing. They are easier to install and more efficient, and now, they don't even cost more.

What do you think? We're open for comments. You can find them here:

http://www.fornobravo.com/store/FB-B...0-p-16286.html
http://www.fornobravo.com/store/FB-Board-p-16287.html

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Old 01-14-2008, 08:11 PM
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Wow, you're good! Entrepreneur with a capital E. That will make life easy for upcoming builders. I could have used these a month ago.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:15 PM
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James,

Sounds great. I was actually looking at Superwool 607 from Thermal Ceramics but this sounds like it's pretty comparable. Plus with your stamp of approval you can't go wrong...

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Old 01-14-2008, 09:35 PM
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I feel so "old school" having used perlite and vermiculite. I guess my saving grace was the 2" insulfrax that I used on the dome. Maybe I should build a new oven, and get with the times
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:47 PM
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Yes RT, rip out that awesome mosaic and start over!
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:04 AM
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James,

This is a stunning development. Congratulations. In my FB installations in Ontario, the cost of SuperIsol and Insulfrax has sometimes been a stumbling block for my customers, leading me to scramble for local sources. Those days, it seems, are done. Only two things left: 1. an FB brand of Refmix that's 40 per cent lighter per bag; 2. an FB shipping company that ships by the square meter rather than the pound LOL.

Well done.

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Old 01-15-2008, 08:23 AM
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Yes congrats James, heading to the one-stop shop for the entire process. Adding to the wish list from CJim above. A thermocouple kit with probes and display would have been an easy sale to me.

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Old 01-15-2008, 08:42 AM
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JCG,
great idea! I probably would have done it too.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:59 AM
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James,

Any issues with using the FB Board for the door. I was going to get a piece of metal and put the board on the metal door. I was concerned because I might put metal mesh on the other side (facing inside the oven) so some of the board would be exposed to the oven/food inside - food safety issues?.

Let me know.

I guess I could just sandwich the board between two pieces of metal but all of the board still wouldn't be covered - "sides would be exposed."

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Old 01-19-2008, 07:26 PM
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James, I'm glad for your recent addition to the store on insulation options. I'm sorry it is to late for me but it will be a real benefit to all those starting!
It's amazing how many new members there are.

I'm wondering if there is any progress in your search for thermocouples?
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