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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.
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- 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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A Forno is born - Escondido, CA

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  • A Forno is born - Escondido, CA

    First post
    We finished the dome yesterday
    after a four day effort
    (the base was poured a few weeks ago)

    I would like to thank FB forum members
    for all the cumulative knowledge here
    what a great resource

    Our oven is being built at La Milpa Organica farm
    in Escondido California

    We have outgrown the three-year old clay oven
    you can see in the background of one of the build photos

    We are hoping to have it insulated and clad tomorrow (done)
    and baking a week later

    Longer term we plan to put a tile mosaic mural on it

    construcution notes:

    The bricks were laid without using a form
    We found that a protractor cut to the shape of the dome's inside contour was helpful in positioning and supporting bricks as they were laid

    I didn't see this nifty device while reading the forum so
    perhaps here's my contribution to the art:

    Z shaped sheet metal clips tied to a 18" long string with a brick counter weight on the other end that hooked to the newly set bricks
    The clips held the bricks in place for a few minutes while the mortar set
    my phpGraphy site

    The Duratech anchor plate was attached using both expanding anchors
    (only lightly but snugly set) and Tapcon screws. This seemed a straightforward solution and the bricks did not seem too brittle for the fasteners.

    Again thank you everyone here
    for you help

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    Re: A Forno is born - Escondido, CA

    Great job - I should have patented the BS, but hey, if it works, lets use it! The use of the clip is absolutely brilliant! I thought I was outside the box using hot melt glue....

    Check out my pictures here:

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