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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.

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  • And the fun begins!

    After months of hard work builidng the adjoining outdoor kitchen, stand and hearth, I couldn't wait to get started on the floor & dome. I've attached some pics of the progress. I printed the FB instructions, along with photo's of some of the other ovens in progress here to use as a guide. Not having any experience with brick at all, I found it to be quite a challenge. I tried to start with the arch first, but as soon as I added the second brick, the arch tower started to fall. I decided to mortar in the soldier course and let the arch towers dry before begining the arch. It worked. A couple of bricks didn't line up very well on the arch, but my grinder fixed that! I made a dome guide from a peice of plywood ( I think I saw that on one of Les's pics?) and it seemed to work well with the second course. I don't think this is going to be perfect, but if it stays standing, I'll be happy!
    Check out my oven progress here: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/phot...dex.php?u=4147

    See ALL of my pictures here:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Brevenc/...OutdoorKitchen

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    Re: And the fun begins!

    Breven - the guide does look a bit like mine It's called the BS (board system). I drilled a small hole in the center of the oven and attached a pin to the BS. That allowed me to spin it around as I worked and keep the same circumference. As I went up on the courses, I kept notching the guide to keep it clear. If you get off as little as 1/32 of an inch it would hang.

    Good luck with your build - you are well on your way.

    Les...
    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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    • #3
      Re: And the fun begins!

      Oh, that's how you did that? I didn't realize that you had it secured to the middle. I just eyeballed it as I moved it around. I'm realizing that I don't think mine is going to be perfect. I just don't have the patience.
      I've got all you pics printed, they've been really helpful. Thanks!
      One question...my floor is a little off. I have quite a few high seems. I can grind them down, but it won't be very smooth...any ideas how to sand it down?
      Check out my oven progress here: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/phot...dex.php?u=4147

      See ALL of my pictures here:
      http://picasaweb.google.com/Brevenc/...OutdoorKitchen

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      • #4
        Re: And the fun begins!

        As others have done - I used a belt sander. I bought the cheapest 40 grit belts I could find. I probably went through 3 or 4. I would do it before you get much higher so the walls don't get in your way.

        Les...
        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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        • #5
          Re: And the fun begins!

          I thought about that but figured regular old sandpaper wouldn't work.
          I'll give it a try tonight. Thanks for the tip.
          Check out my oven progress here: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/phot...dex.php?u=4147

          See ALL of my pictures here:
          http://picasaweb.google.com/Brevenc/...OutdoorKitchen

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          • #6
            Re: And the fun begins!

            Breven, Another alternative to the form is to layout the profile of the dome on a board and simply measure the distance to the floor from the top edge of the course you are laying. I then marked that on a stick that I held perpendicular to the brick I was laying to make sure that I was fairly close. the top of my dome came out right at 20" on my 42".
            Thanks,

            GT

            For all pictures of oven build click address.http://picasaweb.google.com/ghtaylo/GeorgeTSPizzaOven

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            • #7
              Re: And the fun begins!

              Gotcha George. That makes sense, sounds easy too.
              Check out my oven progress here: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/phot...dex.php?u=4147

              See ALL of my pictures here:
              http://picasaweb.google.com/Brevenc/...OutdoorKitchen

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