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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 firebrick Q...

    This is the summer I finally build my pizza oven,therefore I have a few Q's. I live in New Brunswick,Canada, I'm a former carpenter now employed as a winemaker at a U-Brew-It shop. So I'm fairly good with all sorts of tools and concepts,etc.I most likely will be building an Adobe oven I first saw featured in Harrowsmith Country Life magazine 6 years ago. My question is about firebricks for the oven floor. The ones I can source in my area are rather expensive for the 9x4.5x2.5 in bricks. The other choice is from a hardware store. They are only 1.25 in thick and most likely are the insulating kind used in wood stoves. They are about 25% less expensive. Are these suitable for the floor at all? They will be set uopn a base of sand over concrete. Thanks...more Q's as time goes on.....andy j.

  • #2

    Keep looking for a better source of firebricks. We found some used firebricks and repurposed them for our oven (on Craigslist).

    The thinner bricks would work IF they do not float in water (insulating firebricks float in water and would cripple the performance of your oven).
    Lee B.
    DFW area, Texas, USA

    If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is Here.
    Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is here.
    An album showing our Thermal Breaks is Here.

    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.


    • #3
      Re: Newbie firebrick Q...

      Thanks for that....I sourced some proper firebrick. I also acquired some great red clay material that apparently has 33% sand,33% silt,33% clay in the mix. I'm hoping now to build a cob type of oven with a brick arch door. Now I just have to figure out the proper sand to clay mixture for the different layers. Does anyone care to give opinions on this.? I've read different theories on this on the internet and i'm wondering which mix actually works best.


      • #4
        Re: Newbie firebrick Q...

        Thanks....which plans do you speak of?


        • #5
          Re: Newbie firebrick Q...

          Hi Grapenut,

          Doug is referring to the Forno Bravo Pompeii WFO plans, they're free to download, just go to eBooks & CD ROMs :: Forno Bravo Store and click on the Pompeii Oven Instruction eBook V2.0 and follow the registration instructions. It seems like you're going to buy something, but worry not! Tis entirely free, and it is chock full of great information for building your own WFO, even if you're not building the Pompeii.
          The Melbourne Fire Brick Company