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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 pizzas....theres fire in that oven

    well, now that I have built the monster in the back yard I've started cooking
    First thing I did was get that baby hot...really hot.
    Next thing I did was attempt to load the Pizza. Now I can tell you that a pizza can burst into flame. Yep instant charcoal along the leading edge. I don't really know how hot xhe beast is but I have ordered a IR thermometer

    IR Thermometers on sale on amazon $42 USD

    I have to be a little less enthusiastic with wood

    The Temp was still 475 fahrenheit the nest day. I even tried to bake some bread. You ought to see the big black charcoal balls I created still raw in the center.

    I did manage to get a couple pizzas in and out with a limited amount of blackened edges but I can tell you that wood fired cooking can be though

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    Re: first pizzas....theres fire in that oven

    I hear tell that over the first several uses you get an idea for how your oven will perform. And I think they sort of work themselves in, too, as they cure and dry. So, the fire that brought you carbonization yesterday might not do so tomorrow. The thermometer is a good idea though, so you know how the oven really is when you put in the pizza!

    I think many here also get the temp up higher than needed and let it moderate a bit before cooking- maybe that gets the oven evenly heated. It's a learning process, for sure!

    Meanwhile, I'm still stuck on fixing my arch crack. I've had to lay off firing while I get that nailed down- I'm going to do my vent as well, so I don't have to keep stopping and starting.

    Happy pizza!



    • #3
      Re: first pizzas....theres fire in that oven

      Sorry to here about the crack. Lots of ovens have them and they work just fine I'll get the hang of this oven. Knowing the temps seems to be essential to good cooking