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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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Hello From West Africa (Materials Questions!!)

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  • Hello From West Africa (Materials Questions!!)

    Hi All,
    I have been surfing the web for plans and such in order to build an oven when we return to the US from our current assignment in Nigeria.
    But I am about to sign for anouther 2 years here (Hoping the US economy kicks in a little more by then).

    So thought I would build one here as a test. Now the problem comes in on Materials - Being so close to the equator there are not many fireplaces nor any Home Depot type businesses.

    So...I am not sure any of the fancy insulators you all mention are availible (certinly not under the names used here) - I dont even know where I would find fire bricks....

    Any suggestions?

    Best Regards,
    Douglas
    Posting from Nigeria - West Africa

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    Re: Hello From West Africa (Materials Questions!!)

    Hi Doug,
    I built a WFO here in Uganda (East Africa) using locally available materials. Somewhere in this forum were all my initial stumblings in getting started--it was a post titled "Hello from Uganda" I believe. I actually ended up with a great oven getting a ton of use; actually by now I need to do a little maintanance on it as some of the mud has been breaking off and a brick in the archway is loose, but I expected to do minor ongoing repairs. My oven sits on a round "table" of brick and cement but the actual oven is made from locally made bricks, termite mud plus grass stems and sand. You could save a lot of money by making a cheaper "table" with mud, bricks and rubble if you don't need wood storage space below the oven---actually the design I am working on now for a friend. In my case, I don't have an indoor oven so I use the WFO a lot and love it. One hint on materials--don't try to use cement where the oven gets hot. Mud will bake and get hard so you don't need cement, and cement gets crumbly with high heat. For insulation I use "adobe"--mud mixed with a LOT of straw (or in my case leftover grass stems uneaten by my goats). To make a form to build the oven dome, I used wet sand and dug it out after the oven was hard.

    --Janine

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