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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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  • New User, Old Oven

    I am a contractor in the process of a remodel to an old bakery, in operation late 1800's to early 1900's. When the owner purchased the bldg, the back section was collapsed and upon clearing site to rebuild found a brick oven that was used for the bread bakery. he had it cosmetically repaired and plans on highlighting it in the restaurant he is putting in the building. I am looking for any info on this oven style I can find. I am not sure, but may be a type of gueulard oven. It also has a rotary table inside that was driven by large pulleys and belts and was variable speed by moving the belt on tapered wooden rollers. I am attaching pics and would appreciate any info anyone has or where to find.

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    Re: New User, Old Oven


    I knew I'd seen something like that before! Maybe the guys in this thread can help you out.
    "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

    "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka


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      Re: New User, Old Oven

      I looks like the hearth stones are missing.

      The real art of conversation is not only to say the correct thing at the right time, but also to leave
      unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.


      • #4
        Re: New User, Old Oven

        Yep hearth stones are missing bu the gear head in me is saying take looks of pictures of the gear works and then tear it apart. Carefully sand it and then if I was doing it 30 years ago I would put a heavy coat of Rustoleum on it. Today , if I was not concerned with The Antiques Road Show, I would get the metal, where applicable (not the gears) powdered coated. Leather belts can still be found. nice find worth the time to restore. If it is not well insulated and even if it is it will be a real tree burner!

        Keep us posted on the progress