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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.

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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.
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  • First oven from Norfolk uk

    Hi building my first oven, going for a barrel type, internal measurements of the vault 34" max height of 24" with the depth around 40"
    Just trying to work out the opening and the chimney arrangement any advice would be most helpful

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    Re: First oven from Norfolk uk

    Ok so I'm up and running. I have around an inch of celotex in the base, I can lift the base bricks up if that's not enough and insert a little more and just rebed the base.

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    • #3
      Re: First oven from Norfolk uk

      Bricks cut and cemented in, still looking at the flue and opening size, I think I read 63% of the oven area for the opening size.

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      • #4
        Re: First oven from Norfolk uk

        Nice looking brick work. Did you use the 3:1:1:1 formula for mortaring? Are these bricks the type called in the UK "Engineering blue bricks"? Although many people don't prefer this kind of bricks, I've seen many ovens built from that material and are running well.
        I see that you are insulating the hearth with celotex insulation, but I see the back arch coming in contact with the fence back there. You have left a sufficient space for insulation and enclosure on the sides of the oven but didn't do for the back of the oven.
        Regarding the opening, I was educated that the height is better to be 63% of the internal oven height and that the width be around half the oven width. The space in front of the oven looks a little tight to me for the vent to be installed. I
        I think you are fairly at early stages to make some modifications at the front and rear of the oven. Just wait for comments from the forum.
        Why is this thus? What is the reason for this thusness?
        I forgot who said that.

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        • #5
          Re: First oven from Norfolk uk

          thanks v12 for the opening advice, I have a second skin of bricks to fit after the insulation goes on, the pictures do make it look close to the fence but I have a good gap there I hope lol. The mortar is kos ready mix fire cement so easy to use.

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          • #6
            Re: First oven from Norfolk uk

            Well I finally got back on the project and have 6 bricks to lay and she is done!
            Little bit more insulation to pour in the top and then the door sort out, double skin flue was ok to fit, I possible could have done with a litre more length in the design. Tried it last week and got the dough all wrong tasted awful, 3-4 pizzas were thinner came out a lot better, still I do need to fill the rest up with insulation to help with heat.

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            • #7
              Re: First oven from Norfolk uk

              Hi,
              That's a great looking oven. I'm just starting my project (in Sussex, England) and I'm really stuggling to source 6" or 8" chimneys or flues. Where did you get yours - or can anyone offer me suggestions please? Ideally I'd like a 48" or taller ceramic type flue, but I'd be happy with a double skinned stainless steel one if I can find one at anywhere near an affordable price.
              Thanks

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              • #8
                Re: First oven from Norfolk uk

                Hi Matt I had 2 bits left over from a project,(wood burner) install so I used one of those. eBay there is always something floating about fella. I picked the the marble from eBay that I am fitting to the front. Anyone used marble to cook on? Not sure it could withstand the heat?

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                • #9
                  Re: First oven from Norfolk uk

                  Questions:
                  1- The door looks rather narrow to me. Why did you choose that?
                  2- Do you fill the space between the blue bricks and the outer red bricks with loose insulation like perlite or vermiculite?
                  3- Did you mean to use marble for the hearth? Marble will crack under thermal cycling which is at most on the hearth.
                  Interested to see some pictures for your progress if you have.
                  Why is this thus? What is the reason for this thusness?
                  I forgot who said that.

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