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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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  • Newbie with questions

    I am new at forums, I have never done one before. I don't know if it's appropriate, but I was wondering where to get fire brick and perferably for cheap? I am from Manteca, CA in the central valley and my brother has an oven on the works and I would love to build one as well. I am cutting down a Yuka tree to fit it in my yard and would love some advice. Thank you.

  • #2
    Re: Newbie with questions

    Hi Barry, welcome to this forum. I don't know how cheap you can find medium duty fire brick. It should be quite easy to find them however in central California. I found a half dozen places in the SoCal area that had both Pacific Clay and Muddox fire brick and they ran from $1.25 to 1.60 a brick. I bought mine from American Building Supply (they have brick yards thru the state) and they were about $1.25 a brick. I needed 275 bricks for my 42" oven. You really cannot build an oven with regular, cheaper clay bricks, it just doesn't work. If you look really hard and are lucky, you might find some brick for less money (from what I've read on this forum for used fire brick) but expect to pay more.

    As for "advice": keep reading and looking thru these threads in this forum and you'll find it's pretty easy to come up with a plan to build your own oven, even if you have had zero experience. The building process is amazing and incredibly rewarding. There is nothing like lighting a fire and putting in your pizza, bread or roasting meat in this oven you built by hand. Let us know what you decide on building and go ahead and ask more questions too.
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    • #3
      Re: Newbie with questions

      I found some! They were $1.08 a brick. I am going to start a 42 inch oven in about a month, and I will ask more questions. Thanks.


      • #4
        Re: Newbie with questions

        Don't forget to download the FREE plans. Go to the FB store, check out, and they will send you the link. FREE plans, FREE advice; you have come to the right place.
        GOOD LUCK with your build.



        • #5
          Re: Newbie with questions

          Thank you. I got the download and con't believe the advice and support from this site. Thank you and about the luck, I will need it.