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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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  • Another New Englander

    First post here, trying to get the requisite two posts in so that I can add pics etc. Started digging yesterday, ran into some high water table problems. You'll eventually be able to see that thread, once it's in, if you really want to, in the Getting Started threads.

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    And here's post #2. Now we'll see if I can add a link off to a pic in post #3.

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      Re: Another New Englander

      Did I mention a high water table?



      OK, that worked. Off to the Getting Started thread.
      Last edited by jbaker; 04-06-2008, 08:49 AM.

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        Re: Another New Englander

        Welcome, sorry about the groundwater problem. Any slope to the site? Can you drain it away?

        There was a post about bricks for trade/sale in Boston recently too....
        sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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          Re: Another New Englander

          Hey baker. Welcome to the forum, and good luck with your project.
          "Pizza, the world's most perfect food."

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            Re: Another New Englander

            What's your soil/rock conditions?
            sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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              Re: Another New Englander

              The situation as I know it:

              The house is about 30 years old, and the land it sits on was an old New England farm. Old stone walls mark some of the property boundaries. The house sits on the highest point on the plot, where the oven is desired to be I will bet is 5' below that grade. We're in an area where there are numerous springs that run year 'round.

              We got down 40" with no problem using a 12" auger, at that point the water rushed in from about 15" down from top level. Looks like 4"-5" of topsoil (nice looking topsoil too, makes me jealous), then 4"-6" of a sandy clay mixture, then it appears to be clay. Nothing too big in the way of boulders (yet).

              Head over to here, there are a few pics.
              Last edited by jbaker; 04-06-2008, 02:43 PM.

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                Re: Another New Englander

                ...has anyone ever built a swimming oven? You could dig a pool and have the oven in the middle on a floating island...
                "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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                  Re: Another New Englander

                  Originally posted by Frances View Post
                  ...has anyone ever built a swimming oven? You could dig a pool and have the oven in the middle on a floating island...
                  Ewww. It'd be like one of those tropical bars in the swimming pool. 100 people in there, swilling beer, making pizzas. And never getting out of the pool for hours on end. No need to, I guess.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Another New Englander

                    No need to - just pee out those beers right there. Who's gonna know?
                    GJBingham
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                      Re: Another New Englander

                      Originally posted by gjbingham View Post
                      No need to - just pee out those beers right there. Who's gonna know?
                      I certainly wouldn't want to be the full time bartender.

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                        Re: Another New Englander

                        JBaker,

                        You've got a real problem there, not dissimilar to mine: good topsoil over clay plus springs. Looks like you'll have to dig around the perimeter, about 12 feet square, and put in crushed stone and Big O drainage pipe, covered by more stone, to drain it off to lower ground. It's more work, of course, but you can't build in your climate unless that water goes elsewhere, or you'll be looking at mighty frost heave come winter.

                        How do local contractors/farmers solve the problem?

                        Jim
                        "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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                          Re: Another New Englander

                          Originally posted by CanuckJim View Post
                          JBaker,
                          How do local contractors/farmers solve the problem?
                          I'm betting that they don't think about building pizza ovens....

                          I've got a few calls out to friends in the business, I'll report back as I get info.

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