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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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  • help with foundation, Glasgow, Scotland.

    Hello there, building a WFO is my new obsession, and I spend all my spare time reading this forum as it has lots of useful information. However, I would really appreciate some advice on how best to build my foundation, especially as the climate is very wet here generally and cold over winter. I know I need to dig a hole at least 50cm deep and 130cmx130cm for a plinth that will be 120cmx120cm. Then there will be a layer of gravel/rubble. After this is concrete recommended (I have no experience of using this) or would paving slabs do? If I have missed out any other layers please tell me!
    Cheers in advance!

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    Re: help with foundation, Glasgow, Scotland.

    So you're hoping that it won't rain all summer too! About to start building a wfo myself, although got to wait till i get a tree taken out of my garden before i can begin.

    My plan for the base is to criss cross rebar in it and then whack in the concrete. Then going to use concrete blocks to build up the stand. Instead of using the vermiculite concrete i was thinking of using aereated blocks then whack the hearth on top of that. Not wanting to spend alot so im not using firebricks, but rather got some old pressed reds from an old tenement in the west end. Going to use those to build the actual oven. The floor of the oven is going to be made of floor tiles.

    I take it you've downloaded the plans for the pompei oven from this site? That's pretty much going to be my guide.

    I'll post some photos when i finally start.

    Here's hoping the current good weather holds!