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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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  • Greetings From Royersford PA

    I love to bake, and have decided that I want to build a brick oven in the backyard, assuming the township will allow it.

    I'm still in the designing and planning stages...can someone tell me the advantages/disadvantages of a round oven versus an arched vault oven. I want to bake both pizzas and bread.



  • #2
    Re: Greetings From Royersford PA

    Welcome aboard Joe,

    You've come to the right place! There are quite a few posts on the differences between barrel vault and round ovens, and you can start here:


    You can also check out various other sticky postings in the Newbie section. If I could summarize, wood-fired brick ovens are just about the coolest thing on the planet. :-) The whole process of building an oven, and then firing it and making great bread, food and pizza is wonderful.

    Take lots of photos and ask lots of questions. You local building department should not have problem with your oven. If you follow local fire and safety codes, you will be in good shape.

    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces


    • #3
      Re: Greetings From Royersford PA

      My Township didn't even know what I was talking about. Wound up telling them it was an outdoor bbq about 6'x5' and all the official said was, "Wow, a big one, there's no codes so have fun and good luck."


      • #4
        Re: Greetings From Royersford PA

        Joef John,
        The decision is how much pizza vs. bread? If you only want to do 4 -6 loaves of bread at a time, the pompeii pizza oven will work fine for you. If you somewhere deep down inside want to do 30 loaves of bread on a single firing, then you should continue to ask questions.
        Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.