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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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  • Building brick oven from existing brick grill

    Ok, I have been reading the forum for great info, but had a specific question. My family wants to build a brick wood burning oven. We are going to hire a mason to do it, but had some basic questions for anyone who can help.

    We have an old unused brick grill in the corner of our yard when we moved in. We wanted to use it as a base since its sturdy (although not fire brick i dont think). Is that ok if the base isnt fire brick?

    We spoke to a mason about adding a fire brick floor on top of it, then either a square or round dome on top also of fire brick.

    Does there have to be clay on top? Also, i read there needs to be a special high heat mortar?

    Lastly, do we have to have a door, or is it ok to be left open all the time.

    Thanks for any info as we decide whether or not to pull the trigger!

    My main concern was safety, so if any of this seems like it wont work, you wont hurt my feelings.

    Thank you!
    Joel
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