The Wood-Fired Blog

Am I Drying-Out or Curing My Oven?

Apr 10, 2012

One interesting aspect of the modern brick oven is the degree to which it shares technology with industrial equipment—including furnaces. As designers, we use both raw materials and manufactured products to build ovens that are light weight, that are resistant to thermal cycling (heat up and cool down cycles), that are resistant to thermal shock (putting cold, wet pizza dough on a very hot ceramic surface), that hold high heat... Read More

Made in the USA

Apr 06, 2012

Every Forno Bravo oven (other than the Artigiano) is made in our own factory in Marina, CA (Northern California). I am extremely proud of our manufacturing team and their commitment to high quality, American-based manufacturing. Over the past three years, we have continually added new manufacturing personnel, capacity, capability, equipment, and experience. In terms of we pure real estate, we have tripled our footprint in a little more than two... Read More

Wood-Fired Pizzerias in the U.S.

Apr 05, 2012

I wrote this article in 2005 for consideration by one of the Restaurant trade magazines. They decided to not run my article, but looking back at it seven years later, I think the points that I made were true then, and are still true today. There are more wood-fired pizzerias in the U.S than there were in 2005, but still not nearly enough. We need to fix that. James Authentic... Read More

The Road Less Travelled

Mar 29, 2012

We recently returned from a nice two week trip to Italy, where we were able to catch up with friends, eat really well and basically act like tourists. If you haven’t followed Forno Bravo that closely, you might not know that we lived in Florence for three years, and in fact, started the company while living there. It was great to be back, and we were quickly reminded of everything... Read More

Why Blog

Mar 28, 2012

We have a number of different ways of communicating with our community of customers, dealers, Pompeii oven builders, partners, and friends. itself is a labor of love, as much as it is a company website, and we also have the FB Forum, the Wood-Fired Newsletter, the Community Cookbook, FB FAQ, Facebook, YouTube, and we host Peter’s wonderful Pizza Quest. Why blog? My response is that I am often struck... Read More

March 2012 | No. 36; Introducing Third-Gen FB Castable

Mar 10, 2012

Welcome! With spring in the air, we are excited to introduce the new, third generation of FB Castable, the material we use to produce our wonderful ovens. Bottom line? All Forno Bravo ovens just got better. Our ongoing pursuit of making ovens with the best-possible materials began nearly 10 years ago, in San Gimignano, Italy … with our first little oven. I’ve written a short history of how Forno Bravo... Read More

February 2012 | No. 35; Redesigned P70 & Pizza Quest Nomination

Feb 10, 2012

Welcome! Once again, we have a newsletter chockfull of wood-fired oven updates and information! The Forno Bravo team has been busy at work on our oven lines, redesigning an old favorite and creating new oven styles. We share a couple of these with you below: the Primavera70 and the Andiamo. I’m honored to pass along the news that Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart has received a nod from the International... Read More

January 2012 | No. 34; Central Milling Flour & New Ovens

Jan 10, 2012

Welcome! We at Forno Bravo hope 2012 has been good to you so far! The holidays are always a busy time for our company, but we love the work and are thrilled to welcome new oven owners to our Forno Bravo community. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the Forno Bravo team members for an excellent 2011 … and an already great start to 2012. Their hard... Read More

December 2011 | No. 33; Holiday Cooking & Vote for Down Under Photos

Dec 10, 2011

Welcome! Happy holidays from Forno Bravo! First off, I’d like to thank all of you who recently supported our fundraising efforts for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation by purchasing Team Reeve eBooks. On December 4, I completed the new running challenge I’d set: racing the California International Marathon in Sacramento in the morning (at a quick 2:55:04), and then flying to Las Vegas to race the Rock-and-Roll Marathon that... Read More


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