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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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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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    Well I finished the dome. Used 1/2 brick for the lower courses. 1/3 brick for the middle courses and 1/4 brick for the rest.
    How long before I can start the small fires to dry the dome?

  • #2
    I've heard you can make big roasts in a pompeii oven, but isn't that going a bit too far?

    No, seriously, a great job. Using smaller brick segments at the top of the dome makes a better fitting and better looking dome.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


    • #3
      Mike's Planetarium looks great, & lotsa room for wood!

      Dear Mike,

      (M) Your circular base works great with the Pompeii Dome! I'm not fond of the red plastic container in the storage area and hope you won't mortar it in place. I see you also have a TV screen showing Emiril? where the pizza should be. He looks happy!

      (M) Enjoy your carefully planned work; you deserve the rewards.


      "Everything should be made as simple as possible, ...
      but no simpler!" (Albert Einstein)


      • #4
        Thanks all
        Dmun actually she's a big ham . My 18 yo daughter. She's 5'9'' and wanted a closer inspection of the brick work.
        I would recommend if you can make the smaller sizes as you work up the dome. Much easier to fit.

        My thinking on the circular base was that a dome needed the round base. Trying to model after the Pantheon, a great domed building. My scale is off a little and I won't have as many columns.
        I might put a 2' statuary in the storage area to complete the temple effect.



        • #5
          What have you done to your oven since this post?


          • #6
            Well I finished the dome. Used 1/2 brick for the lower courses. 1/3 brick for the middle courses and 1/4 brick for the rest.
            i would be interested in trying splitting the top courses horizontally in half. this would make a smoother curve, with smaller gaps. but then again, other than showing of the masonry, i haven't really payed attention to the brickwork inside my dome since firing it. better things to worry about!
            overdo it or don't do it at all!

            My 2005 pompeii build


            • #7
              Sorry I have not updated the photos.

              I have since completed the dome insulation and made a door. I have used the oven qiute a few times also.

              Here are a few pics.


              • #8
                A few more