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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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  • Easyest way to build?

    About 15 years ago I built an oven using 'glacier-till' + cement + cheap fire-clay (from pottery supply). Then used too much cement on the out side, (seperated by aluminum foil that collapsed so that there was no air space between). it worked, but the dome was to high to cook well. And the cement swelled up and seperated from the base.

    So this time I want to forget the problems of clay and go for brick. the question is "how many medium duty bricks would I need for an oven that can hold about 10 loaves?" And can I use 'fire clay' from a pottery supply for the morter?

    And can I use only one layer of brick, with some thing on the out side to make it water proof?

    There is so much info to absorb, I maybe here for a while.

  • #2
    Re: Easyest way to build?

    All the info you need is contained in the FB Pompeii oven plans which can be downloaded directly from this site at no charge. No, you can't realistically expect good results from a single layer of bricks only. The minimum requirements for a brick dome include a minimum amount of insulation, a waterproof shell (either igloo type or 'house-like' enclosure) that you can finish with stucco, brick, tile, rock, etc. The more insulation the better.

    Good luck.

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    • #3
      Welcome Jawnn

      There are many ways to build an oven, with as many levels of cooking performance. The focus of this site is mainly toward a dome oven, although several pillars of this bulletin board use barrel ovens and are happy with them.



      To address your questions:
      • You can use the 'home brew' mortar found in the free plans here, it contains fireclay.
      • The pompeii oven kit gives you an idea of what you need to build an oven with real good performance. That oven will cook a lot of bread, or, anything you want to cook.
      My long winded advice for a new person on Fornobravo.com is here. You will find several important links there to help you sort out the information you are looking for.
      Good luck!
      Lee B.
      DFW area, Texas, USA

      If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is Here.
      Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is here.
      An album showing our Thermal Breaks is Here.

      I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.

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      • #4
        Don't forget to download the eBooks

        The section of the Fornobravo store containing eBooks and CD's has some good information you'll need to get on with your building project, or start making and cooking better pizza and breads. They are FREE!
        Lee B.
        DFW area, Texas, USA

        If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is Here.
        Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is here.
        An album showing our Thermal Breaks is Here.

        I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.

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        • #5
          Re: Easyest way to build?

          Hi Jawnn,

          Many builders use one layer of firebrick (half bricks) for the dome and cover it with a thick layer of insulation made from Portland cement and either vermiculite or perlite in a 1:5 ratio (up to 1:10). You will also need a firebrick hearth and insulation under it too. There is a preferred oven opening ratio of roughly 63% to interior dome height. It's all explained in the free Pompeii plans. There are lots of options and alternatives to explore before you start your build. Look around on the forum and ask lots of questions.

          Cheers,
          Bob

          Here is the link to my oven number 1 construction photos!

          Here is the link to my oven number 2 construction photos!

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