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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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  • Huge Thanks!

    I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who helped me through this build. I finished the oven a month ago but have been racing against the Iowa weather to finish one last project before winter set in so I haven't had a chance to post pictures until now.

    Your advice and tips made it all possible, your dedication to answering newbie posts is so very appreciated; I couldn't have done it without you!

    Here are the first two (plus one of the tiles), highlighting the finish on the dome. My daughter and I made these tile at the local ceramics center at the end of the summer. My intent was to push them into the wet stucco, but that proved to be impossible so we used a stucco slip and applied each one (nuts!) What do you know?! They stuck!
    Last edited by Xene; 11-13-2012, 09:22 PM. Reason: added picture
    My oven album is here

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    Here are a few extra shots of the oven and surround. We had cleared the patio of furniture for winter storage so we could get a nice shot of the oven. The herb garden was my last rush project, it sits east of the oven and was previously made of dry-stack limestone. Next to the oven it looked pretty shabby, now it all goes together and the top is wide and sturdy for extra seating if needed.

    Again, thank you all for your wonderful help! Your generosity helped me build a thing of beauty we will cherish always. Cheers and good health to you all!
    My oven album is here

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    • #3
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      Hey, what happened to no wood under the oven? You have wood everywhere. Darn, the art work is beautiful, I wish that your chimney wasn't so big, so that more could show. Great Job.

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      • #4
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        Laurentius, you are right! I forgot we plan to put a door under the oven! My brother-in-law is the woodworker in charge of that...and we already have had to ask him for a second oven door (the first one burnt up overnight!) so that will wait until spring. It is nice to have all that wood covered, that is a plus with all those nooks!

        Thanks on the tile finish, it is actually a lot more visually attractive in real life since you can get up close around the chimney.
        My oven album is here

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        • #5
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          Concerning door, tried wooden door, it became charcoal. Steel plate in front and back, ceramic fiber board in between. Have B-I-L, make a wooden facade. Great work again, well done. Wait to spring for the door, but cook all winter.

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          • #6
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            Beautiful oven. Wish i had those bricks.
            Matthew 19:26. With God all things are possible.

            My Build: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f21/...les-18741.html

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            • #7
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              Nice work and like the applique...........know what you mean about trying to beat the winter. I had 20" plus of snow last weekend on my wfo.
              Russell
              Build Link............... Picassa Photo Album Link

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              • #8
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                WOW!
                That oven is a true work of art. I really do love to see the results of what some one can do when they combine hard work and artistic creativity. Great! job Xene. I predict that your oven will inspire a whole new breed of pompeii finishes .
                joe watson

                "A year from now, you will wish that you had started today "

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                • #9
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                  Its an absolute beauty! Very well done!

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                  • #10
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                    Breathtaking! I originally did not care for the igloo style when I was researching for my build. However, after building my own oven, I have fallen in love with the dome/igloo shape. The igloo style also helps to keep the size of the oven in scale with the rest of the architecture and offers so many opportunities for creative finish designs. Yours is one of the best I have ever seen. The only thing keeping me from finishing my oven with an igloo/stucco style finish is the harsh Michigan winter....apparently that has not stopped you in Utah. BRAVO!

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                    • #11
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                      I'm actually in Iowa, right between Zones 3 and 4, which means our freeze and thaw cycle is some of the most extreme in the nation and our roads show it! My husband and I did some research on stucco products and settled with using a waterproof first coat mixed with fiber for strength, we also added Acryl60 to every layer for flexibility. There are two thin coats over that first, my understanding being that cracks are most likely to form between layers, which is desirable vs. all the way through. The last layer is N type mortar with color added and the Acryl60. Of course we haven't yet made it through a winter, but I'm confident we have done all we could. Check back with me in May! I did also apply 3-inches of ceramic blanket under all that, completely cool to touch even when the dome hits 1200 degrees! WooHoo!

                      Thanks for all the kudos, means a lot from you all who really understand what it takes to get that far!

                      Oh- one more cool thing: it only cost $45 to create all those tile, bargain - and we made memories in the process!
                      My oven album is here

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                      • #12
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                        Nice work! You have really come up with an original way of finishing the dome. The dome and surrounding area look fantastic.
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                        • #13
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                          Really nice, I am glad it worked out for you.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
                            Really nice, I am glad it worked out for you.
                            I owe you a personal thank you Tscarborough, you may or may not have put together Abouna was my husband, but your advice and time to help us work out our product needs was very much appreciated. I would never have attempted such a monumental project on my own, probably would have psyched myself out. Instead I bumbled through it knowing if I really hit a snag I had experts like you to talk me through it...so I just pushed onward and look where it got me! I built an oven!! WooHoo!!

                            Thanks isn't enough and sounds so contrived, but I sincerely mean it.
                            My oven album is here

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                            • #15
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                              Xene,

                              Are you concerned that the leaves may "pop" off due to your weather. I pray that it won't because it is extremely clever and very artsy. In the top 3 of all the domes I have seen.
                              Check out my pictures here:
                              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

                              If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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