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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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  • Oven Door

    Hi all, this is my first post as I am new to the site and indeed new to Outdoor Pizza Ovens. I've finally started my project in the UK and been looking at the plans and pictures that have been so helpuful.
    One question that i can't seem to find an answer to is 'does the oven need a door on the opening and if so any ideas of where I can get one?'
    For info, I'll be building a 32" oven. Many thanks for any help

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    Pault99,

    The oven door is not mandatory, however, in many situations your oven performance will dramatically improve with a door.

    Any "fire in the oven" cooking can be done without the door.

    With any other baking, you will be much more satisfied with the results if you use a door to help the oven maintain the stored heat.

    If you are building your own oven, you will have to build your own door. The size of your door hole will probably be unique to your oven... The good news is that it is fun to build the door, along with the oven.

    There are many threads on this forum that talk about building doors. There are several different basic designs; all seam to function (except the wood one that burned up...).

    This link has a good discussion about doors, and is has a sample of a good door.

    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f2/oven-door-6581.html

    Use the search function on this web page to find other discussions about doors... plenty to read, and a wealth of information..

    Good luck and keep us posted with pictures!



    JED

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    • #3
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      Paul,

      I made mine out of aluminum - very easy to cut and shape. It's filled with vermiculite and held together with aluminum pop rivits (sold everywhere). It wasn't that hard to do and it works great?

      Les...
      Check out my pictures here:
      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

      If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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      • #4
        Re: Oven Door

        Thanks Jed & Les
        Very helpful indeed....I'll keep you posted as I progress. Laying the Insulating slab on Thursday so onwards and upwards

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        • #5
          Re: Oven Door

          Originally posted by Les View Post
          Paul,

          I made mine out of aluminum - very easy to cut and shape. It's filled with vermiculite and held together with aluminum pop rivits (sold everywhere). It wasn't that hard to do and it works great?

          Les...
          Great looking door!

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          • #6
            Re: Oven Door

            Les --
            That is one awesome door. Can you explain how you made it?
            I've been looking for someone who would TIG weld aluminum for me but the rivets look awesome.

            Thanks!
            Vickie

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            • #7
              Re: Oven Door

              Vicky,

              I used the forms I had when I built the inside arch. Just traced it out on the sheet of aluminum and added around 3/4 inch (on each side) for overlap (I made a 1 inch reveal). The inside strip is the hard part. I cut many, many tabs, evenly spaced. Bending the tabs will be the toughest part unless you have access to a brake. After that I just formed the strip around the outside plates to get the shape. I drilled into the tabs and that is where the rivits went. In hind sight, I should have taken more pictures. Before I assembled it, I ran a bead of the high heat gasket adhesive so vermiculite wouldn't escape. Hope this makes sense.

              Les...
              Check out my pictures here:
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

              If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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              • #8
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                Les,
                Thank you very much... that does make sense.

                Just for a bit of clarification -- I understand the tabbed strip and the gasket adhesive. But did you almost built it completely and then peel a bit back to get the perlite inside?
                Or did you make a 'filler hole' and then patch it? I might be over thinking it, but metal isn't my thing...
                Thanks very much for the quick reply though!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Oven Door

                  Actually, the strip is in two pieces. One being the top and sides, the other is the bottom. I filled it up, then put on the bottom.
                  Check out my pictures here:
                  http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

                  If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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