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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.
- 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.

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 am living in Ecuador and will be moving to the jungle soon. I want to build an oven just using natural materials. I have all the plans for this, except for the floor. I will be using river mud,etc for the walls. Can I use the same material to make bricks for the floor? I can not find any info on this. I do not want to bring in any materials from outside the jungle, this is very important to me. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: need advice

    Without knowing how well the river mud in Ecuador responds to heating and cooling, there's no way to answer this, as far as I understand it. I've used earth ovens, but they involved mixing cement in with the dome material in order to get something that would stay intact.

    If your only option is river clay, unmixed with cement or other outside materials, you're probably going to have to experiment. Use a sand dome to provide a form for the dome, and try not to be disappointed if your first (several) tries don't work as well as you'd like.



    • #3
      Re: need advice

      try to see if the river mud will form a ball in your hand. grab a hand-full of mud, let the excess water drain and roll it in your hand to form a ball. If it falls apart its not clay and won't do well under heat. If it remains in a ball them you have a chance at using it. I might even try making some bricks with it and sun dry them. This is just a test to see how well the clay holds together

      If the bricks hold together reasonably well you might be able to build the dome out of them. They will cure in your oven with every firing. However it might be easier to cast the dome over the sand form rather than using bricks.
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