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Offline Brent-r

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Forno Venetzia Oven
« on: February 11, 2019, 03:09:30 PM »
Tomorrow we get our share of the blizzard that's coming and then if we can get rid of the snow, on Wednesday Costco delivers our new pizza oven.  We have selected the Forno Venetzia Bellagio 500.  Shipping weight is 922 lbs.  One of the main reasons we're upgrading is to get more mass and hopefully more stable temperatures and this is almost 3 times the weight of our previous oven.  Also a huge increase in the inside dimensions, fully enclosed base to keep wood dry and 2 slide out shelves for prep and a tool rack.  And a glass door so we can see what's happening without losing heat. Its about the heaviest oven that comes on 4 wheels and our home is on a hilltop so moving it out of the wind is important to us.  Everything about this seems like a plus and the correspondence I did with the importer gave me a warm fuzzy feeling so we took the plunge.  I'll post comments in a week or two after we have tried it a few times.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Forno-Venetzia-Bellagio-32-in-x-36-in-500-Wood-Burning-Oven-with-Cabinet-in-Copper-FVBEL500C/304344981
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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 09:24:22 PM »
Brent,  looking forward to your review.  It looks nice.

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 10:23:51 PM »
For reasons I can't explain the price at Costco.ca   ie Canada is only $ 4999. in Canadian dollars ... delivered.  It is just amazing value ... if it is as good as it seems.  One other important .... in my  mind ... is the interior roof layout.  They have put a sort of baffle near the front that keeps the hottest air in the top from going straight up the stack.  This is a pretty close imitation of the construction of the brick / masonry tradition ovens.
The video here is a smaller model but at 1 minute 25 second into it they show what I mean.

We had a check list of features and we checked every box except that we couldn't kick the tires before pulling the trigger.  Costco has a great return policy so ... here we go.

If the blizzard coming in a few hours does not screw up the delivery on Wednesday there is a Valentines shaped pizza planned for Thursday. !!
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2019, 07:18:51 PM »
The oven arrived Wednesday, in time for the Valentines pizza on Thursday.  I was really impressed with how it held the heat.  The infra red thermometer showed the flue pipe was only 150 deg F while inside the heating got away from us and hit over 1000 deg F before we knew what was happening.  The design with the baffle near the front that forces the air down before it can go up the stack really imitates a masonry oven.  The materials and fitting all look good.  They even provide a couple plywood ramps to help roll it down off the skid.
Smiles all around here.
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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2019, 08:11:27 PM »
First,  great looking oven.  Second, very impressive it hit 1000 when you can see icicles in the background of the photo. 

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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2019, 08:24:41 PM »
Because it was new and because of the cold we put an electric heater in it for a couple hours that warmed it up to about 110F.  Then lit the fire.  The pizza was burned on the bottom because we were too impatient and the oven held the heat so well.   Learning curve  :-\

I think this is amazing value.... especially for Canadian because Costco Canada delivered it for $ 4999  Canadian dollars and HomeDepot in the USA is offering it at $4999 US dollars and delivery is extra.
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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 09:16:26 PM »
3500 delivered from Costco US!

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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2019, 11:12:12 PM »
the price you quote from Costco is for the smaller Torino model.  For whatever reason they do not offer the Bellagio 500 in the USA
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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2019, 09:46:38 PM »
I am thinking about buying this same oven.  I am wondering how you like the oven so far? 

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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2019, 11:32:21 PM »
this is my second real pizza oven of this style and it does everything I expected.
the only complaint is the cap on the smoke stack is designed in such a way that it
almost has to catch rain on top and direct it down the cone to drip into the stack.  Not serious
because you can put a coffee tin or similar.  I luckily had a flapper type cap from my maple syrup
evaporator that keep rain out.

I don't know of anything on the market that is any better and all for a lot more money.
I'd buy it again if it was stolen or hit by lightening.
I see Lowes is handling them now.  But it's hard to beat the price from Costco
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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2019, 09:10:28 PM »
it just happened to be raining here and I was doing a pizza in the outdoor and recalled an issue I have with the oven

they have a rather goofy design for the cap on the top of the smoke stack.
water that lands on the top then runs down the side of the cap, then down the funnel shaped
portion so the water then drips down inside the stack.

they seem proud of it ... "designer"  chimney stack they call it.


I first put an inverted coffee can on the stack when it was not being used, then remembered I had a flip top
stack cover from my maple syrup evaporator.   Other options are available of course.
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Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2019, 09:41:26 PM »
Got any pizza pics? Or a pic of your chimney cover?

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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2019, 09:59:07 PM »
it just happened to be raining here and I was doing a pizza in the outdoor and recalled an issue I have with the oven

they have a rather goofy design for the cap on the top of the smoke stack.
water that lands on the top then runs down the side of the cap, then down the funnel shaped
portion so the water then drips down inside the stack.

they seem proud of it ... "designer"  chimney stack they call it.


I first put an inverted coffee can on the stack when it was not being used, then remembered I had a flip top
stack cover from my maple syrup evaporator.   Other options are available of course.
We used to do the same thing with an old International Harvester backhoe we had at a golf course where I worked. Hill Bros. 1# can over the muffler seemed to work best.  ;D
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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2019, 10:15:47 PM »
here's a pix of a Valentines pizza the day we got the Forno Venetzia .

the evaporator stack cover is designed to be opened and closed with a rope or
chain so you don't have to climb up on the roof of the sugar shack in March
( twice a day for 3 or so weeks )   that's an embellishment you don't need with the
height of an oven stack.
I just flip it with a broomstick.

Just took the pix now so they are dark ... if you look close you may see that its
still raining....   and still dark.  One shot opened and one closed.
If that turns you on you can get one from Leader Evaporator in Vermont
https://www.leaderevaporator.com/p-310-flip-style-stainless-steel-stack-cover.aspx
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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2019, 09:27:17 PM »
Expensive, but cool!

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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2019, 09:53:45 PM »
Wonder how much the rose cost up there? 😁
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Re: Forno Venetzia Oven
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2019, 09:21:38 AM »
its not what it cost ... but what it was worth  !!
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