October 2010

No. 20; Pizza “Wear” & Thanksgiving Recipe Contest

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In this month’s newsletter, we’re focusing on autumn and all the season brings: a perfect time to cozy up by a fireplace, visit with friends and family, prepare for the holidays, and – of course – enjoy those fabulous “comfort food” dishes that go hand-in-hand with the cooler temperatures and shorter days.

On the fireplace front, we’re passing along more information about the newest product line from Forno Bravo: our Calore2G outdoor fireplaces. These fireplaces are easy to assemble and economical, yet provide an authentic firebrick interior. What a great way to stay nice and toasty outdoors this fall and winter!

Next up, remember the photo contest we held in June? We’re doing something similar this month with our Thanksgiving recipe contest. The winner will receive one of our fun “Got Wood?” aprons, the latest item added to our pizza “wear” collection. To get your culinary-contest juices flowing, see below for one of my favorite recipes for cooking turkey in a wood-fired oven, and scroll to the very bottom for all the contest details.

Finally, don’t forget about all the wood-fired cooking resources available to you, from our community-driven Forum and FAQ to Facebook and YouTube pages. We appreciate your support and enjoy hearing from you!

Happy cooking,

More Details on the Calore2G Outdoor Fireplace

Last month, we introduced you to the latest offering from Forno Bravo: our new line of Calore2G outdoor fireplace kits. Now, we’d like to give you a few more details.

First, we invite you to take a look at the Calore2G installation animation, which shows you just how easy it is to install your very own outdoor fireplace.

We’ve heard that many people are concerned with the cost of a real brick, site-built fireplace, but don’t want to risk sacrificing a realistic appearance or quality with a fireplace kit. We completely understand! There are indeed a number of metal firebox kits out there, and you don’t have to look too closely to see they aren’t real ... fake firebricks and all.

Our Calore2G masonry fireplace kit, however, is finished with real firebricks, making it virtually impossible to tell the difference between our fireplace and a custom, “one-brick-at-a-time,” site-built fireplace.

Just a few of the other features we think you’ll love about the Calore2G:

  • 100% interlocking joints: The individual pieces “snap” together, taking the guesswork out of assembly and making it easy to accurately line up the various components.
  • Perfect throat and firebox design: The sophisticated throat and firebox design promote optimal air movement and proper venting. As a result, your fireplace will start easier, and less smoke will escape through the fireplace opening so you can enjoy the warmth of your fireplace ... without the smoke!
  • Refractory chimney: Bundled with each fireplace, the refractory chimney offers a number of advantages – at no extra cost – over fireplaces where the chimney is either optional or metal. Unlike a steel chimney, the Calore2G chimney is easy to assemble and finish. These solid chimney pieces can be covered with stucco, stone or brick, and they do not require any additional framing. Plus, because the chimney is solid refractory, it retains heat inside the chimney opening for optimal draw.

Note that we have announced a “bricks-and-mortar” build option for the Calore2G fireplace kits. With this option, you can buy the bricks and mortar locally, if you have a good supplier. Of course, you also can buy everything you need – the fireplace kit, bricks and mortar – directly from Forno Bravo for one-stop shopping. For more information on the bricks-and-mortar option, contact us at (800) 407-5119 or info@fornobravo.com.

Learn more:


Recipe: Whole Roast Turkey From the Wood-Fired Oven


1 medium-size turkey
1 onion
2 carrots
3 sticks of celery
Olive oil
Salt, pepper and herbs of choice


Coat the turkey with olive oil, and then lay it on a bed of onion, carrot and celery, skin side up. Add salt, pepper, herbs and olive oil to the bird, then 1/2 cup of water. Cover the turkey with foil. The foil and water let the turkey cook through without burning.


Fire your oven until hot, and then let the heat fall to a moderate temperature, roughly 450-500°F. If you have fired your oven for a longer period (2 hours or more), rake out the coals to allow the temperature to keep falling. If you do not have enough retained heat in the oven, you can leave a small fire or coals at the start of cooking.

Add the turkey to your oven, and let it roast for 2-3 hours until done. Use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature. Remember that a wood-fired oven is a naturally moist type of cooking, so the exact cooking time is less important than in a conventional oven. After about 1 hour, remove the foil, and let the turkey brown. Take the turkey out of the oven, and cover it to rest. You can use the pan drippings to start your gravy!

Thanksgiving Recipe Contest

It’s contest time again! We’re on the hunt for your best, most delicious recipes for a wood-fired oven Thanksgiving. Here are the contest details:

  1. E-mail your original (not from a cookbook or website!) Thanksgiving recipe(s) to info@fornobravo.com by November 7. From turkey to veggie side dishes to desserts ... all recipes that showcase wood-fired cooking are welcome!
  2. In the subject line, type “Forno Bravo Recipe Contest,” and be sure to include your full name and location in the e-mail. Note: A photo of the finished dish will earn you bonus points!
  3. We’ll pick four finalists – and then you’ll get to vote for your favorite. The finalists will be posted on the Forum and Facebook.
  4. We’ll announce the lucky winner in the November newsletter and on Facebook, in plenty of time for your Thanksgiving grocery/farmers market run. The winner will receive a new Forno Bravo “Got Wood?” apron and have his/her recipe featured on the Forno Bravo website. Other selected entries will be added to the Recipes section of our website as well.

Good luck!