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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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Howzit from Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Howzit from Cape Town, South Africa

    Hi everyone,

    This forum has given me a lot of ideas. A while back I read about a guy turning an old oil drum into a pizza oven by burying it in sand in his garden, he used un-glazed tiles to put the pizzas on and just made a fire in the back. So I started reading more and came across this site.

    Well, everyone I've seen is much better than that simple one. So my plans (to keep it cheap and hopefully better than just burying a drum) is to use a half drum for the top. Build up the walls slightly with fire-bricks and a firebrick floor based on a concrete base. Around the top part of the oven I'll insulate it with about 12cm of clay. Chimney will be close to the open side of the drum and the fire at the back end to keep more heat in.

    I used to be a franchisee for a popular wood fired pizza outlet down here, I had twin ovens at around 1.5m in diameter each... don't think I'll need anything that big for personal use ! On a friday I'd have both ovens going and cooking pizzas in just over a minute in the hot oven, and the cooler oven it would take about 3 minutes. I kept a cooler oven for the thick base pizzas which I found wouldn't cook through propery in the hot oven.

    I hope to make a list of everything I used, take pictures, keep track of building process and post the whole thing up here. Ideally I want to mount it on a trailer for camping and as a portable party pizza oven. Just trying to keep the weight down. Feel free to post me links on what you recommend I should read.

    Regards,
    Stephen
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