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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 the United Kingdom

    It appears that I am one of the few members in the UK but I was so impressed by the Forno Bravo site that I had to join.
    My Grandfather was a baker’s boy in the first half on the 20th century and my brother restored a watermill in Dorset, selling stone-ground flour and baking his own bread. It was my brother who introduced me to bread making and have now been baking for over 10 years. Having tasted wood-fired oven bread in Greece, Italy and France, I have always wanted to have my own wood-fired oven. Now that I have more time on my hands and having found the Forno Bravo plans, I have taken the plunge. Given that my DIY skills are limited to repairs and bodges, I am lucky to have a very DIY-talented friend who wants to help.
    I have now purchased the bricks and mortar and selected a site, so it is all systems go.
    Having decided on a 36” x 18” build, I am somewhat concerned by the curve of the ellipse that I have drawn for the dome – 36” wide by 9” tall to sit on a single 9” course of upright brick. I can’t see how the dome will be self-supporting. I am now off to take a detailed look at Gromit’s “Smaug: A 36” x 16” build” to see if it gives me any answers.

    Martin.

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    Re: Greetings from the United Kingdom

    Hi Martin.

    Us UK members do seem to be a bit thin on the ground - I guess the weather here is not kind to us...

    Good luck with the build.

    James

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      Re: Greetings from the United Kingdom

      Welcome daylight, I built my first oven a few years back using forms and refactory cement from shefield refractories, Great stuff. I now live in Costa Rica and decided to build a pompei oven, I have never laid a brick in my life and completed the entire dome in one day (8 hours or less). It's easy believe me, I can't recomend enough a book. "your brick oven" by Russel Jeavons . Only £4.47 on Amazon uk, I purchased all te books and this is without a doubt the only one worth having.

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      • #4
        Re: Greetings from the United Kingdom

        Hi Martin, yes not a lot of UK members but the number is growing all the time.

        I'm a little confused from you measurements which design you're building dome or barrel? If it is a dome then you are building a shallow arch but I don't have any doubt about the structural integrity of the shallow dome, although I think you will need some support for each brick course as you build it and you will need to be careful with shaping the bricks to fully lock them, you might also need to support the soldier bricks to make sure they don't fall outwards.

        I went for a full, half sphere design which I think simplifies the structural loading issues but you do lose a little useful floor space as a result.

        Good luck
        TonyB

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