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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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  • extra large brick for hearth

    I can get some 3x9x18" firebrick. Is there a downside to such a large size for the hearth? The price is good enough, I might consider cutting them down if needed, but that seems like a pain.

    Rob.

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    Re: extra large brick for hearth

    Hey Rob,

    Welcome to the forum.

    I don't see a down side to using the larger fire brick. You end up with a bit thicker cooking floor than a regular fire brick. A bit more mass but not a significant change. And the 9 x 18 inch brick should work fine... You will want to trim the edges of the cooking floor (if you are building a round oven) so there isn't a big chunk of fire brick extending beyond the foot print of the oven wall... easy enough..

    Keep us posted on your build! Pictures are good.

    JED

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      Re: extra large brick for hearth

      Jed,

      Thanks for the reply. I have one of the HF 10" tile saws so trimming to shape should be possible. I am in the materials acquisition phase of my oven so I'm a long ways off from the build yet. The ground is frozen and it will probably be 3-4 months before I can start. I'll start a thread somewhere on my oven construction once I get running.

      Rob.

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      • #4
        Re: extra large brick for hearth

        The only down side that I see is that I like the traditional look of the herringbone design on the floor. I don't find that the peel catches. Occasionally the rack catches when I'm cleaning out ash. You would significantly reduce that problem with the larger bricks. By the way, James sells larger ones with his kits, but I don't think they are 3 inches thick.
        Joe

        Member WFOAMBA Wood Fired Oven Amatueur Masons Builders America

        My thread: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/j...oven-8181.html

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