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Forno Bravo Forum Community,

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.
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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.

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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  • Fire clay

    What kind of fire clay and how much do I purchase to spread with a notched trowel undeneath the firebrick oven floor? (molded fire clay from a potter's store or powdered)? Retailers I've talked with in Richmond VA want to selm refractory cement to me. What kind of store will have the fire clay I need?
    Thanks for your help and guidance.

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    Re: Fire clay

    Around here (southern california) fireclay is sold at building supply yards. Some of the builders on this site collect the fireclay 'dregs' from their initial brick cuttings and once dried out just use that to level the floor. As was mentioned previously, fireclay is inexpensive, around $9 for a 50lb bag. Refractory mortar is not recommended to level your oven floor.

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      Re: Fire clay

      thank you so much. Found it at Campbell's Ceramic Supply. Now my question is "what is the thickness of the layer of fire clay-sand mixture for the oven floor? thanks to all

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      • #4
        Re: Fire clay

        You spread the sand/fireclay mixture with a notched tile trowel. Its only about 1/4" thick but it will vary a little bit in thickness depending on how level your hearth slab is.

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