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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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  • Hi New here

    I've spent the past couple of days looking over this forum. I really want to make a nice brick oven & BBQ pit work station. I am in the design/planning stages now...and will take any and all tips, hints I can get.

    thanks for taking the the time to read this

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    (M) Hi, Zelix, I hope that you use this Forum. It was invaluable for me to get so much helpful input from the builders here.

    (M) Try clicking on http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/showthread.php?t=294

    " A Newbie's photo documentary Page 01"

    (M) That is the location of some photos and questions that might help to get you started.


    "Everything should be made as simple as possible, ...
    but no simpler!" (Albert Einstein)


    • #3
      details, details

      hi there,
      i just finished and fired my oven took a few weeks to knock out but well worth it, ive laid alot of brick and have done alot of masonry restoration, that being said ive seen alot of messes, depending on your design, planing brick courses is key to a good looking job. nothing is worse than joints of varying widths and split bricks to get your top level where you want it. get a folding masons rule, it has the brick courses on the back, e.g. 5 courses at number 6 will get you 13 1/2 inches, it helps to use this to get all your stuff lined up, on paper! design from the top down, the use the masons rule to find the courses that get closest to you measurments, any thing between a 4 and 6 looks good and professional, with enough mud to correct any little flaws you wont freak if a brick is a little "out". good luck, it was well worth the effort,


      • #4
        Dave, good advice - we need pictures

        Zelix, I learned to do brick the hard way - the contractor kept upping the labor rate. The hardest thing that I found was getting the consistency of the mortar correct. Once you have that dialed in it goes pretty smooth. Bricks are not all equal so there is some fudging that has to be done from coarse to coarse. The above may only apply to finished brick work. From what I have seen and read, building the dome is pretty forgiving. No one to my knowledge has had one collapse yet. But when I get to that point you can bet your ass I will be crossing my fingers

        There are some awesome people here to help. Welcome to the forum and good luck!

        Check out my pictures here:

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


        • #5

          Zelix, Marcel, David, Les,

          I assume we're talking about facade brickwork here, not the dome structure. There are also brick measure tapes out there that help a great deal for facade brick. Another trick is to use four 4x4 corner posts set up outside the perimeter of the brickwork. They can be tied to the blockwork and the foundation with screws or tapcons. Measure out your courses to the finished height you want, mark them, level, on each of the corner posts, all the way round, then use a string line, course to course. It's a time consuming thing to do, but it's the best way to get everything level and the mortar joints consistent. I use the standard three-eighths for facade brick mortar joints. Joe Engineer has posted a pic of the mortar joints I used for the exterior of my oven.

          "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827