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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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  • Hello from newbie


    This is an awesome site. I like to cook but didn't know anything about outdoor fire ovens until someone brought the subject up on a non-cooking related forum, which sent me searching until I came across this forum.

    Reading some posts here got me thinking of building something for a project. I like BBQ'ing (own 2 Kamado's ) and was thinking of building an open BBQ out of firebricks and a large grill I have laying around. After finding this site, now I am wondering if I could build something that can combine an oven, BBQ and outdoor fireplace that wouldn't look too massive in my backyard. Am I asking too much? Do I need separate units for each purpose?

    Has anyone used a wood-fired clay oven to roast a whole pig? Is there such an oven? Thanks!


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    Re: Hello from newbie

    Welcome Louie. We have all different members of the forum, from people who build a fast and crude oven of used bricks and homemade mortar, to folks who are building extravagant outdoor kitchens. I use a brick oven for all sorts of cooking, but keep my old Weber grill close by, if only to smother coals when I shovel out the fire for retained heat baking. Do you need a dedicated masonry barbeque? No. Is it useful to grill burgers and dogs for the whole neighborhood? Sure. You may find that when you start making serious pizza, the demand for burgers and dogs will decline markedly.
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      Re: Hello from newbie

      Hey Louie
      Welcome to the forum. I spent 3 of 4 months looking for and asking about designs for combined functions. I finally came to the conclusion that seperate units are the best way to go. The temperatures as so varied that managing the heat becomes a nightmare. Pizza oven exhaust runs between 700 and 900 degrees ( for pizza cooking) which is way to hot for any other uses. A lot of the forum members do a huge variety of cooking as the oven cools. Look at the cooking and heat management threads.
      My current plan calls for brick BBQ, brick smoker and a pizza oven ( of course). Because of my limited space I am planing to sandwich them all into a 6 ft by 12 ft area right outside my indoor kitchen. I moved the open pit fire and chiminia to the front yard. Hopefully, my guests will pick up thier food from the kitchen, travel the 15 ft to the front yard and dine around the open flames.
      Good luck on your design

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