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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:
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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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  • New Guy needs help

    Greetings all,

    I am building a 42" Pompeii. I poured the insulating layer of concrete. I followed the instructions mixing 5 to 1 vermiculite to Portland cement. Thoroughly mixed it dry, mixed it wet and poured. I screed it off. It has been poured for 4 days now. It set up well and is very firm BUT the surface has some give if I press my finger on it. Is that normal or have I done this wrong?

    Advice please! Thanks in advance.

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    This is Reg, I just poured my insulating layer of concrete today and I'm experiencing the same level of uncertainty: that layer gives a little when pressed with finger. What did you finally discover after after your pour?


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      Hi Reg,

      I found out the the finished insulation layer should feel a bit like a cork. It give a bit when you press on it. It's edges also flake of and the top is easily gouged or marked. I used the mud (sand and fire clay) to even out the marks and lay a level floor. It has high compression strength. It's wired but it sounds like you are doing it right.


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        Here is a picture of the oven floor and first course.


        • #5
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          Here is the just poured insulation layer
          Last edited by TheBigC; 06-04-2013, 11:38 AM.


          • #6
            Re: New Guy needs help

            Here is a close up of the dried insulation layer.