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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.
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Greetings from: Nicaragua

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  • Greetings from: Nicaragua

    Hello all,
    Apparently i'm the newest member to the site. I'm currently volunteering here in Nicaragua, and will continue to do so until April of 2010, and was considering trying to build an outdoor oven in the back yard of a Maternity House here. The house is a sort of home base where women from very rural areas with no health service access come to live in the weeks before giving birth to ensure that they themselves and their babies are healthy and can be attended to when the moment comes. I give health classes to the mostly uneducated women, who often cannot read (which poses problems). As the house's funding is running low, they need another form of income to prevent its closure, and as there are no bakeries per say in the town (but some bread shipped from elsewhere) I figured that giving the often bored ladies the opportunity to bake to escape the monotony and in a way that would support the home would be a great multifaceted solution. Thus, I'd like to build an oven.

    Money is super tight and cement and limited amounts of concrete blocks are likely my only available construction materials, so I was wondering if anyone had any money-saving tips or suggestions.

    Hope all is well with everyone!

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    Re: Greetings from: Nicaragua

    Wow, now that sounds worthwhile! If you can figure out a way to build an oven with the materials available, you could teach them how to build build ovens, too.

    How about clay, can you get hold of or dig up any? I would guess that without access to at least red bricks, a clay oven would probably be your best bet. Here's one thread that might help:


    ...and welcome to the forum. I hope your oven building project works out, and I'd love to hear more about it!
    "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)



    • #3
      Re: Greetings from: Nicaragua

      Welcome to the site. If its ideas you need you are at the right place. Hope your project comes to life soon and we are anxious to see it along the way.
      Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste
      like chicken...

      My 44" oven in progress...


      • #4
        Re: Greetings from: Nicaragua

        Here's a couple of links about groups in Guatemala that are building stoves and ovens for the poor, who now use inefficient open fires for cooking:

        MHA News - 2008 Meeting at Wildacres
        Masons on a Mission

        It looks like it's pretty brick intensive, but you might get some ideas.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


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          Re: Greetings from: Nicaragua

          Interesting links dmun. That second one shows how they make their own bricks - now there's an idea...

          This site looks as if it might be usefull, too:

          Bread For All: Wattle and Daub Earth Oven

          Bread For All: Earth Oven Adventure

          I noticed that you can order the books in electronic form for a relatively nominal amount. Helpfull?
          "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)