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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.
- 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.

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.

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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  • almost ready to go in Chicago

    Hi Everyone, this forum is really a fantastic resource, I am getting close to getting started on an oven in Chicago, I am pretty much committed to proceeding with a 36" dia oven on a solid limestone stand (built from salvaged foundation material) oven enclosure yet to be determined, I plan to build the higher tuscan dome type, which seems a bit more suited to my needs, (and maybe more fun to build?) I'd be interested in hearing about other ovens in urban city yards.



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    Re: almost ready to go in Chicago

    Congratulations, and have fun with your project. Its a little unnerving to plunge into these uncharted waters (I had NO building experience whatever), but it is so satisfying to cook in an oven that you built yourself and see what artistic flair arises in the process. Good luck


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      Re: almost ready to go in Chicago

      The challenge to urban constructors is chimney height. Code calls for 2 feet above anything within 10 feet, and population density would mean low chimney = irate neighbors. Urban building inspectors have less of a laise-faire attitude, as well.

      I'm in a fairly dense inner suburb. My chimney is twenty feet off the ground.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2