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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.
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- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

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.

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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    I've been lurking for a while and thought would post some pictures of my progress. I don't work as fast as some, but I'm not in a hurry. Most of my materails have been recycled from dumpsters at new construction sites. Had to buy the concrete and mortar. Should be under $150.00 for the base.
    Mike

  • #2
    Sweet.

    Keep us posted. BTW, there's no "right" speed for the build. These are extensions of ourselves in a lot of ways so go your own speed. After all, they'll outlive us and no one will remember if it took you 2 months or 6 to build.

    Jim

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    • #3
      looking good!

      It looks really good. I like the circular construction, and the brick approach. It's also great that you search out recycled materials that otherwise would be in the landfill. It's amazing what gets thrown out. Some places have recycled construction material yards where contractors can take surplus materials just to keep them out of the trash stream.

      Good work!
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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      • #4
        off to a great start!
        i can definitely state from an obsessive/compulsive order (it's not a disorder!) point of view, that hastiness is not always the best approach. i have to run with it when i get a bug, or i might not go through with it, but taking it slow ensures that you have all your ducks in a row.
        good luck with it!
        -Paul
        overdo it or don't do it at all!

        My 2005 pompeii build

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        • #5
          New Progress

          I've got some new pictures to show recent progress. So far so good.
          Mike

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          • #6
            Few more

            Poured the hearth last week. Neighbor was having a new driveway poured and I got the leftovers
            Mike

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            • #7
              How long do you all wait to remove the forms for the hearth? I'm ready to start building the fire brick dome.
              Mike

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              • #8
                Originally posted by svtlightning
                How long do you all wait to remove the forms for the hearth? I'm ready to start building the fire brick dome.
                Mike
                Ummm...a year? Seriously.

                You can start work on the firebrick hearth & dome as soon as the concrete can withstand pressure -- only a couple of days is ok but I prefer letting it cure for a week with daily misting (and then covered with plastic or wet newspaper). The longer moist curing helps maximize the strength of the slab. Take the side forms off then & the bottom ones after you're done with the rest & you're ready to start firing.

                Jim
                (BTW, I really didn't take the plywood support from under the hearth for a year. I know folks who have left it for 2 or 3 years for their wood fired brick ovens.)

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                • #9
                  nice work!

                  I like your arch and columns. Were those cast from concrete like your slab?

                  If the driveway leftover was ready-mix from the truck, that stuff is REALLY strong. You shouldn't have a problem with your slab.

                  David
                  Last edited by dmun; 07-29-2005, 10:22 AM. Reason: add comment
                  My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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                  • #10
                    David
                    Yes I cast those out of concrete. I used cardboard carpet tubes for the columns. Jello mold for the column base. The arch was harder to form.

                    Jim
                    A year! I don't know if I have the paitence to wait that long. I would like to see the hearth slab supporting itself before I add the mass of the dome, etc. on top of it.

                    Thanks for the help
                    Mike

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                    • #11
                      concrete people will tell you that concrete is properly cured after 30 days. my contractor had me remove my temporary wall supports when i was retro-pouring a foundation, after only 4 days. and that's the weight of an entire building.

                      but, they also say that concrete continues to cure for 60 odd years. err on the side of caution and you'll probably be fine. i removed my supports after a week, and haven't had any catastrophies (yet!??!!)
                      -Paul
                      overdo it or don't do it at all!

                      My 2005 pompeii build

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