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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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  • oven dome

    hi iam new to masonry and pizza oven work and wanted to know if i could make a sand dome for the pizza oven and just pour a sand morter concrete mix on the dome or if that will crack. my other option is to take bricks and make a dome but the only bricks i can aford are the rock sand one and i thought those would crack so what would work better.

  • #2
    Re: oven dome

    Be sure to download the free Pompeii plans:
    Brick Oven Plans | Build an Italian Brick Oven

    The plans mention that if you can't afford or can't locate real refractory brick, then using plain house brick is better than nothing. You can visit a local brickyard and get second-hands and leftovers for pennies a piece. We have several ovens on the forum made from standard brick.

    Good luck!
    Ken H. - Kentucky
    42" Pompeii

    Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

    Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
    Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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    • #3
      Re: oven dome

      A plain concrete dome will simply fall apart in chunks when exposed to repeated heat/cool cycles. Ken's advice is good.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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      • #4
        Re: oven dome

        Originally posted by Ken524 View Post
        Be sure to download the free Pompeii plans:
        Brick Oven Plans | Build an Italian Brick Oven

        The plans mention that if you can't afford or can't locate real refractory brick, then using plain house brick is better than nothing. You can visit a local brickyard and get second-hands and leftovers for pennies a piece. We have several ovens on the forum made from standard brick.

        Good luck!
        when i go to download the pdf it takes me to the shoping cart then i went through that and all it did was say order is prosed

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        • #5
          Re: oven dome

          You should get an e-mail with download instructions,( I think.) Really worth reading cover to cover, then review a couple complete oven threads and check out the gallery.

          And then, I dare you to try to get anything else done once you start building that oven.

          Doug

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          • #6
            Re: oven dome

            And then, I dare you to try to get anything else done once you start building that oven.

            Doug
            Are you referring to the forum addiction? Because I have that.

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            • #7
              Re: oven dome

              Yeah Papavino, serious forum addiction, and I haven't even begun to explore the recipe/cooking technique section.

              But hey "istoven" (I see by your name you're already thinking it might not be your last oven, see how easily you get sucked in) it's all good. My only problem now is patience to get it done right!

              Doug

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              • #8
                Re: oven dome

                There are two very different types of concrete used for pizza oven construction.

                - Portland cement based concrete. This is normal everyday concrete. It needs water to cure and once set is not adversely affected by moisture. This is what you use for footings and structural slabs. This type of concrete will not stand up to temperatures of over 600 degrees F or so.

                - Refractory Concrete. Specialized concrete or mortar for high temperature applications. Does not need water to cure - it cures by being fired. It is also susceptible to deterioration is exposed to excessive water.

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