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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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  • Noob Looking For Advice

    Hello,

    I decided to join the forum after deciding to research starting a Brick Oven Pizzeria at my microbrewery in Texas. I am currently reading The Bread Builders but I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions as I learn.

    A little about myself: My brother and I have been homebrewers for years, and are now getting the chance to start a production microbrewery. We are only a few weeks away from production, and are expecting some big crowds on the weekends during our tasting events and tours. We have a very nice outdoor sitting area for tasting, so I'm looking to add a WFO for artisan breads and pizzas as well as ambience for the whole facility.

    Our investors are not interested in adding a restaurant to the facility, so I am looking to do this on my own. I will do some more reading in the commercial section, but any advice or resources would be greatly appreciated! I'll start a thread about my project once I get past the research stage and share my experiences with the community.

    ~ Brent

  • #2
    Re: Noob Looking For Advice

    Brent:

    We have a place nearby called "The Vault" (Vault Brewing). These guys converted an old bank into a microbrewery. They put in a commercial pizza oven (no kitchen) and serve food to complement and "wash down their beer". It is a really great combination... I think you are wise to complement your beer with some food....but not too much that it take attention away from your beer. It also allows you to pair your beer with the correct food. Good Luck!

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    • #3
      Re: Noob Looking For Advice

      Unless you plan on baking mostly bread, do not build the oven described in the book. You will get better service form a Pompeii or low dome Neapolitan, depending upon what type of pizza you plan on serving.

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      • #4
        Re: Noob Looking For Advice

        Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
        Unless you plan on baking mostly bread, do not build the oven described in the book. You will get better service form a Pompeii or low dome Neapolitan, depending upon what type of pizza you plan on serving.
        Thanks for the info! I was thinking about doing a Pompeii style. Are they hard to make look nice?

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        • #5
          Re: Noob Looking For Advice

          Originally posted by BrewhousePizza View Post
          Thanks for the info! I was thinking about doing a Pompeii style. Are they hard to make look nice?
          The finished product look will vary but the two most common styles are the dome look and an enclosed look. You will have to decide on placement inside or outside but normally for commercial applications I've seen that the ovens are enclosed and when you enclose the oven the possibilities for for the way it looks are really endless. You can rock, brick, or stucco the outside in any pattern you prefer and with any material. You can make it as expensive or cheap as you want depending on the finish material you use. 1 option you have is to do it cheap to start and then later on finish with a more expensive look. I'm not to the point in mine yet where I'm finishing but when I get there I will build an enclosed structure and probably just stucco the outside to start and in the future when more funds are available I'll rock it up.
          Loren

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          • #6
            Re: Noob Looking For Advice

            As stated, the oven (the engine) is totally independent of the finish of the oven. You can make it as simple or as detailed as you want.

            The actual part that is used for cooking is beautiful inside no matter what type you build, but the exterior is 100% up to you.

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            • #7
              Re: Noob Looking For Advice

              All very great! advice! I really like this by Tscar
              The actual part that is used for cooking is beautiful inside no matter what type you build
              To me, WFO ovens are like women, they are all beautiful on the inside, but great curves outside are what turns heads ................. Whutt..................., If you were expecting calendergirlsdotcom, you will have to do that search yourself, this is a family oriented forum .
              joe watson

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              • #8
                Re: Noob Looking For Advice

                Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally I like the exposed dome shape but that is a personal thing. It is also relatively easy finish that way. Many of the enclosed ovens that have been displayed here are works of art and testament to the considerable skill and patience of the builder.

                Like most things in life, the innards do the work and the exterior is just cosmetic. Even ugly ovens can make great pizza.
                Cheers ......... Steve

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                • #9
                  Re: Noob Looking For Advice

                  Absolutely one of the enjoyable parts of oven building is being able to tailor the look to fit whatever design works best for the owner. The options are nearly endless.

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