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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.
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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.

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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Cracking of in my new Bravo Pizza Oven

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    Can someone help me.

    I have recently built a pizza oven and have been slowly been building the fires up over the last 8 days until on day 8 I built a fire large enough to cook pizzas

    My issue is that all the concrete pieces have cracks in them. Some quiet large.

    What I would like to know is what do I do now.

    Do I go back to creating more small fires and continue to slowly build up the heat in the unit over more days? Do i patch the cracks up from the inside?

    Just not sure what to do next. Or do i just cook more pizzas and not worry about the cracks?

    What have I done wrong?



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    Reassurance about cracks...

    Posting some pictures in a thread located in the oven construction forum would help form our opinions and advice.

    That said, we ALL have cracks in our ovens. some of them much larger than we want to live with. Most likely, a crack won't harm function of the oven, just our oven egos

    I remember how my heart sank as the curing fires revealed cracks and growing cracks. :-/

    If your bricks remain solid and don't move, likely you can insulate and use the oven as is. Post some pictures and you will get some good advice.
    Last edited by Lburou; 02-06-2012, 08:34 AM.
    Lee B.
    DFW area, Texas, USA

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