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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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  • Distance From House

    How far away does the oven need to be from my home or any adjacent structures?

    Thanks,

    Ryan

  • #2
    Ryan

    It looks like no-one has come up with a general answer so here is a stab.

    I took a look at the main page photo gallery and it looks like the closest one is built into the kitchen, sothing to think about when you remodel a kitchen. Another member has commented that they have an oven that was built in their basment next to their firplace as part of the house.

    Properly built the dome structure will not give off much heat nor will a properly built fire give off particulates/embers to light up a wood shake roof. Of course that is because your flue will have a spark arrestor on it (a metal screen at the very top.

    Cruising through the posted photos the closest oven to a home is about 2.5 to 3 feet. You will need to pay attention to how the wind will react with your door, you will want your door on the leeward side. You will also need to pay attention to where your chimney will vent, such as not building your oven under a tree or in my case under the electrical lines that feed my house or within 3 feet of my backyard property line as the utility company has access rights directly at the property line to access the high tension wires.

    je
    Last edited by jengineer; 04-21-2006, 09:33 AM.

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    • #3
      Closeness

      Ryan,

      JP's correct. I don't think closeness to the house has as much to do with safety as considerations about trees and wind direction. My oven has a cedar shingle roof and the chimney extends 20 inches above the peak. Your fires won't be putting out any embers, so there's no worry there. I've never had any problems at all, and there are cedar trees all over my property. The oven sits about fifteen feet from the house, but that was done purely for asthetic reasons.

      Jim
      "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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      • #4
        code

        Building code says that chimneys have to be 24 inches above any structure within 10 feet.

        Most of us don't build to code, but the official answer is 10 feet away from anything taller than it.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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        • #5
          Proximity to Building

          Thanks Guys! The oven may not be to code but the space I have will work great.

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