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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.

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  • Double Firebrick ??

    Hello All,
    Would it be usefull to put a double firebrick hearth under the dome, OR would that take away to much heat from the oven and not act as an insulator like the vermiculite does. ???


  • #2
    Re: Double Firebrick ??

    Firebrick is not an insulator. If pizza is your goal, one layer of flat firebrick is what you want, with insulation underneath.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


    • #3
      Re: Double Firebrick ??

      Fire brick will add mass to the oven and create a heat sink, This is good for breads and baking but takes longer to reach pizza temps. I doubled the floor and added an extra layer of fire mortar over the dome to create this very effect. I can't say that it take longer (but it must)to heat because I have nothing to compare it to but....it work great. The real key I believe is to insulate heavily. Insulation is more important than mass. I like doing long slow roasting say ribs or roasts.


      • #4
        Re: Double Firebrick ??

        For the record, I have a single layer of firebrick on the floor and a little extra refractory mass (1") in the dome. I can bake 25lbs of bread in one firing (or more, but I have never had more to bake). My temps are still 300 degrees the next day. So unless you are a commercial baker, the regular plans will work for you. Insulate everywhere!
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        • #5
          Re: Double Firebrick ??

          It is a trade off between fast heating and sustaining the heat.

          As noted by DrakeRemoray, the typical one layer design will also work well with bread baking.