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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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  • That tool....

    Hi ,
    Im about to start my oven and have read almost everything on this site about pizza ovens...... but i have one question i can't find an answer to and cant answer myself.
    When you are using the radius tool, how do you lay the next brick without the brick you just laid , falling? Hold it up with sticks?
    Especially as the dome roof gets higher and gravity takes effect.
    From what i can divulge from the information on this site everyone seems to lay a brick a day?????? : )



    Any answers much appreciated.

    Craig

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    Re: That tool....

    As my dome got to the last 2 or 3 rows, I attached a plastic rubbish bin lid to the end of the indispensible tool and used that to hold the bricks in place. It was the perfect fit having the same radius as the dome.

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    • #3
      Re: That tool....

      Originally posted by earlybird2005 View Post
      Hi ,
      Im about to start my oven and have read almost everything on this site about pizza ovens...... but i have one question i can't find an answer to and cant answer myself.
      When you are using the radius tool, how do you lay the next brick without the brick you just laid , falling? Hold it up with sticks?
      Especially as the dome roof gets higher and gravity takes effect.
      From what i can divulge from the information on this site everyone seems to lay a brick a day?????? : )



      Any answers much appreciated.

      Craig
      Start with this thread and all those related it is a great tool. There are lots of variations of this tool out there, just do a search for the thread below.

      My indispensible tool (a variation on a FB theme)

      Chip
      Chip

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      • #4
        Re: That tool....

        My experience was that, even with the last few courses, I just needed to wait 5-10 minutes for the mortar to firm up a bit--as long as I was careful and didn't bump the brick just laid. With the last few really steep courses, I was having to custom-cut the bevels on each brick to get them to fit together to my satisfaction, so I'd lay one brick, go back and trim the next one, repeat, repeat, repeat.

        The first brick on each course was the hardest for me--once I could get two bricks in place, the friction on the sides helped keep both in place.

        That said, for the first 5-6 courses, you can pretty much just lay a brick, clean up the mortar that squirted out, then lay the next one.
        My build: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/3...-dc-18213.html

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        • #5
          Re: That tool....

          Banhxeo 76 had a simple but great plan. Just set the first brick of the steeper courses and have the patience to leave it supported by the despensable tool until it was set. That was the anchor point for the rest of the course. Check out post #38 of Tu's build.
          joe watson

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          • #6
            Re: That tool....

            Originally posted by Gulf View Post
            Banhxeo 76 had a simple but great plan. Just set the first brick of the steeper courses and have the patience to leave it supported by the despensable tool until it was set. That was the anchor point for the rest of the course. Check out post #38 of Tu's build.
            Definitely try this, but I found that never worked for me--even if I let the first brick set overnight, somehow I'd manage to knock it loose while setting the next brick. That said, building an oven caused me to discover the depths of my own clumsiness so...YMMV. I found that getting two bricks in place was the trick.
            My build: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/3...-dc-18213.html

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