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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.

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  • Modular units or ovens made from bricks

    I am almost ready to order my kits but I'm between the modular unit and building on from scratch out of bricks the modular is defiantly eaisier but does the all brick oven retain heat better and is thrall brick oven a overall better oven and my other question is insulating blanket of using the vermiculite method vermiculite seams stronger but with one will retain heat better Please help thank you all Jason

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    Re: Modular units or ovens made from bricks

    Heat retention depends on wall thickness and how well insulated the oven is. fibre blanket is a better insulator than vermiculite, but you can simply make the vermiculite layer thicker to achieve the same result.
    Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.

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      Re: Modular units or ovens made from bricks

      the modular is defiantly eaisier but does the all brick oven retain heat better and is thrall brick oven a overall better oven
      They're both good ovens. It's pretty much a time/money tradeoff. If you have the time, you won't regret building a brick oven. If you would rather be cooking than building, then the modular is the way to go if you have the money to do it.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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        Re: Modular units or ovens made from bricks

        If you enjoy building things and learning new skills, go with the brick oven.

        Otherwise, there is not much to choose between then in terms of performance.

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          Re: Modular units or ovens made from bricks

          Hi Jason79,

          I have one of each type oven. The brick oven was labor intensive and challenging. Both ovens required about the same expense for concrete, cinder block, and enclosure components. dmun is correct about the time/money tradeoff. I like both of my ovens and even named the Pompeii oven "Archie".

          Cheers,
          Bob

          Here is the link to my oven number 1 construction photos!

          Here is the link to my oven number 2 construction photos!

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            Re: Modular units or ovens made from bricks

            I built a modular oven a few years ago - and am now half way through my Pompeii (brick) oven. I prefer the brick over the modular - but it's not all because of money . . .

            Sure - you can save quite a bit building from bricks - but if your time is money - it might actually be more expensive to build from bricks (as is in my case).

            That said - I wanted to do it just to say that "I built it." Sure - I said that with the modular oven - but I really don't think it was the same.

            So - if you're not the kind of person who loves working with your hands and building things - then go for the modular. You'll be eating pizza much sooner. On the other hand - if you love to build things and get great joy from the sense of accomplishment - build it from brick.

            If you are the latter - and buy modular - you'll probably regret it a few years from now and end up building one out of brick anyway - might as well just do it now.

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