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Forno Bravo’s pizza oven photo gallery offers thousands of photos from around the world of wood fired pizza ovens.  Get inspired!  If you already have a pizza oven, we’d love to capture a glimpse.  From assembling and installing your oven, to cooking a delicious homemade pizza and presenting the exciting final results, we want to see them!  Each gallery is dedicated to a theme, like stucco or winter photos.

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FBTV Pizza Oven Videos

FBTV is your video resource for all of the information you need about wood fired ovens! Organized into channels that contain playlists of videos pertaining to that playlist topic, FBTV is a great visual resource for information on wood fired cooking, oven installation and how to use a wood fired pizza oven with new content being added regularly. You can even follow the journey of Peter Reinhart on his Pizza Quest webisodes! We invite you to explore the wealth of information on FBTV!

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One of the most important aspects of building a safe pizza oven is ensuring there’s proper venting.  Venting requirements can vary depending on where you build and what type of structure you design.  This page provides information on the details of proper venting for your pizza oven.  WARNING: always refer to the installation manual specific to the pizza oven you purchased.

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Curing your pizza oven properly is absolutely critical, as incorrect curing can permanently damage your pizza oven. We have provided an up- to-date content page that goes over the key steps in curing your  pizza oven properly.  Be sure to read your manual before attempting to cure your oven.  Or, if you haven’t purchased your pizza oven yet, ask our staff to cure it for you before it ships, for a small fee.

Wood Burning Oven Curing

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Forno Bravo Library

Forno Bravo has over 31,000 pages of content centered around wood fired pizza ovens. To maximize our user’s experience on our website, we keep the most popular content within the main site navigation.  Our Library hosts a large volume of information that is great for the hard core researcher, but not necessarily practical on the main site.  Feel free to browse it and see what gems of information you can find.

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Forno Bravo’s installation manuals for all of our pizza ovens, can be found here.  When your wood fired oven ships, you will receive a CD-ROM with your manuals, but you can also download them easily and get a head start, here.

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Forno Bravo offers a full library of CAD drawings to assist you in designing the perfect outdoor or indoor kitchen, complete with a wood fired pizza oven.

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Forno Bravo offers dozens of residential and commercial pizza oven products which are UL certified in the US, and  in Canada for both indoor and outdoor installation.  Visit this page to see our listings summarized and for assistance in getting your permit approved, if one is required.

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What to Expect

Buying a pizza oven can seem like a huge project.  This page has been developed to help you understand what to expect after you make your purchase.  Whether it’s learning how a pizza oven ships, how to receive and inspect your pizza oven, or how to avoid common mistakes, this page will assist you in making sure your investment doesn’t have any setbacks.

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Choose The Right Oven

Forno Bravo wants you to choose the right oven for your family or business; it is never our objective to sell you something that doesn’t suit your needs just to increase sales.  Whether you decide to buy a Forno Bravo pizza oven, use our free Pompeii oven plans, or a competitor oven, this section is about choosing what is best for you and your family.

Choose the Right Pizza Oven

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Oven Management

If properly managed, your Forno Bravo pizza oven will last a lifetime.  This section provides techniques for cleaning, using, maintaining and repairing your pizza oven.

Pizza Oven Management

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Build Your Own Oven

Why does Forno Bravo provide free pizza oven plans when we sell pizza ovens? We want your family to experience the joy of owning your own wood fired pizza oven, regardless of the cost.  Forno Bravo manufactures the worlds’ finest pizza oven, and we sincerely want you to buy one from us. More importantly, we want you to experience one  so we provide you with free plans to source materials and build your very own brick oven.  We won’t lie, it is a lot of work to build your own pizza oven, but check out the free plans and make an informed decision that best suits your family.

Build Your Own Pizza Oven

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Firenze Concept Pizza Oven

The Firenze Concept Pizza Oven was the pre-cursor to our Pompeii pizza oven plan, and serves as an interesting story about what we learned when building it.

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Pizza Stone

Pizza stones are a common pre-cursor to a wood fired pizza oven.  These remarkable tools are designed to offer a high-quality pizza in a conventional oven.  A pizza stone is commonly referred to as a baking stone, and it provides a flat cooking surface used for a variety of baking purposes. The main use of a pizza stone is to distribute the heat evenly so that all surfaces are cooked properly, without having to alter or flip whatever you’re cooking.

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Pizza Oven Glossary

Wow, with over 31,000 pages of content, where should you look first when researching wood fired ovens? We suggest looking here.  The Forno Bravo Pizza Oven Glossary is a page with a brief description of key concepts in relation to wood-fired cooking, and how it works.  Want to learn about thermal mass?  Refraction angles?  Discover the difference between a white and black pizza oven?  This is a great place to start.

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History of Brick Oven Pizza

Want to know how it all started?  This section of our website outlines the history of brick ovens to ancient times, and how communities used to gather around an oven in central square to cook meals together.  Contrary to the popular belief that pizza originated in Italy, history indicates that the first pizza-like bread started in ancient Egypt, though not what we would consider “pizza” today.  Read and discover.

Brick Oven Pizza

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Introduction to firewood

A Forno Bravo wood fired oven is considered a “black oven” which means the firewood you use is in the oven chamber where your food is cooked.  You want to avoid using anything that will release hazardous chemicals into your food, make it hard to keep your temperature consistent or leave a soot and creosote buildup that presents a fire hazard.

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Outdoor Pizza Oven

Wood burning brick ovens have been around for close to three thousand years or at very best the early rise of civilization. Contrary to the common belief that pizza originated in Italy, history reveals that the first pizza-like bread appeared in ancient Egypt, though not what we would call “pizza”.

Outdoor Pizza Oven

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