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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 or fireplace?

    We are building a new home and I would like an outdoor wood oven that doubles as a wood fireplace. Does this work?
    Last edited by eric jackson; 11-05-2006, 07:50 PM. Reason: misspelling

  • #2
    A wood oven IS a fireplace, with a high hearth and a deep firebox, of special shape to reflect the heat down onto the food. Some people rake the fire forward after cooking to enjoy a decorative fire after dinner. Others have built adjoining fireplaces and ovens , but usually not right next to each other so the person doing the cooking doesn't get roasted.

    It depends on what kind of cooking you want to do, and how you use your fireplace.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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    • #3
      Triple threat

      That depends on your definition of a wood fireplace. You could warm yourself by the oven fire, then when you get bored of that, your oven will be hot enough to make pizza. Oh, your oven/fireplace will work as a barbecue too. Welcome to your new addiction.

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      • #4
        Marshmallows too

        After a night of cooking pizza, pull the fire forward and sit down to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the dancing flames. After a while, the kids even get to roast marshmallows.

        The only thing you don't get is a lot of heat pouring out of the oven. The insulation the keeps the oven cooking well, keeps the heat inside the oven -- so it isn't a great heat source.
        James
        Pizza Ovens
        Outdoor Fireplaces

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