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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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  • Bricks vs Mortar

    Hi all,

    Been reading this forum for a while now and thank you all for the great inspiration. I am planing to start my first build this spring so you'll see lot more of me. For time being I only one question, or more like series of em regarding one topic. Is it possible to build a dome using a mortar (fire mortar, refractory mortar,...etc) instead of bricks? What would be downside of it and would it perform as good as brick dome?

    My idea is to create a mold out of sand and use the mortar to create a dome, either single peace or break it down into sections. I would use the steel reinforcement into the construction just to give it extra strength.

  • #2
    Re: Bricks vs Mortar

    Yes there is plenty of info about cast ovens here. Try searching for cast ovens or castable refractory.
    Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.


    • #3
      Re: Bricks vs Mortar

      Originally posted by david s View Post
      Yes there is plenty of info about cast ovens here. Try searching for cast ovens or castable refractory.
      I've read lots of post on this subject and definitely interested in building my oven this way. From what I can tell it's lot faster, easier and cheaper. One thing that I am not clear on is the performance of the castable ovens compared to brick ones? Does anyone have any research on this?


      • #4
        Re: Bricks vs Mortar

        If you are thinking about casting an oven, check out IronPony's thread. This is probably the nicest cast oven I have seen. Were I to do this over again, I would think about using that approach

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        • #5
          Re: Bricks vs Mortar

          I just ran into this product
          Castable Refractory Cement at Menards

          Has anyone used it before?

          Castable Refractory Cement by MEECO'S Red Devil
          Create custom cement shapes to replace worn-out firebrick or fill large holes or cracks in masonry fireboxes with Castable Refractory Cement

          Castable refractory cement
          Ideal for casting into custom shapes
          Use to replace worn-out firebrick
          Dry material that mixes with water
          Chemically sets and dries rock hard
          Can be cast in irregualr shapes
          Fill large holes/cracks in masonry fireboxes
          Can be used as a solid stone bed
          May be used in outdoor fire pits
          12.5 lbs. casts a block 12"x12"x1-1/4"
          Light brown when cured

          Ship Dim: 11.0 x 11.0 x 11.0
          Shipping Weight: 25.0 lbs


          • #6
            Re: Bricks vs Mortar

            did you use this product?


            • #7
              Re: Bricks vs Mortar

              yes I did, it worked great.