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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • First pizza

    Hello everyone,

    Well we finally fired the oven to full temp this weekend and that is a great feeling! One problem though; the first couple of pizzas got too much ash on the bottom even though I used my brass brush to clean the floor. Should I use a wet rag or mop to clean the floor before pizza?

    Thanks for any help,

    Greg

  • #2
    Re: First pizza

    Some say the ash is what makes a WFO pizza special. You should be able to brush off the area where there is only a fine dusting of ash. I never had to do anything more than that.
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    • #3
      Re: First pizza

      We have mopped the floor and we have just brushed it with the wire brush. It is really up to you. I have read where others use a length of copper tubing and have blown the area clear of ash.
      When mopping, you should be able to get several pies cooked without problems. If doing a larger party I have had to rake the coals back over the floor to recharge the heat in the floor.
      Congratulations on gettting your oven finished and your first pizza

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      • #4
        Re: First pizza

        Congrats on your 1st cook up too I find that either a brush or a slap with the paddle gets most of the ash away....but dont think u get it all away, and why would you? It adds wicked flavour.

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        • #5
          Re: First pizza

          OK!
          This is very useful information.
          Thanks.

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          • #6
            Re: First pizza

            If you don't have a brass oven brush I would suggest you get one. If you have one and still have ash "issues" I would suggest blowing the ash off the baking area. Mopping is WAY overkill IMO and drops the hearth temperature which will be unlikely to rebound to a proper pizza hearth temperature quickly (unless you still have LOTS Of flame and even then your oven will tend to be imbalanced.

            As an aside the main benefit of mopping for bread is to both humidify the oven in preparation for loading and avoid drying the surface of the loaves. There is no similar benefit for pizza so I see no point. (And remember we are looking for a hearth temp of 465 F or so for bread vs. 725 to 800 for pizza. Big difference and why unnecessarily chilling the hearth is troublesome. The hearth has enough problems holding high temps when doing rapidfire and multiple pizzas without unnecessarily cooling it before you start!)

            Good Luck!
            Jay

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            • #7
              Re: First pizza

              I have a mop which I use but it is barely wet. It picks up the main ash but I follow up with a good strong blow to get rid of the stray bits. Mind those eyebrows when you blow though... I have had mine singed for a free a few times!!
              / Rossco

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