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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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  • Seat Wall & Counter Construction

    What CMU blocks should I be looking at to use to construct a seating wall? The stone tops I am considering come in 12" or 14" depth typical of stair treads. An 8" thick block seems like their will be too much overhang. The tile siding will take up about 1/2" on each side. The 14" top probably makes for a better seat area.

    I will also be using CMUs for the countertop. What size CMUs are best to build up the counter and what is the recommended height? Should I leave open areas underneath or block it all in?

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    Re: Seat Wall & Counter Construction

    I'm not sure about MA, but in FL, we have standard sizes of 8", 12" and 16" CMU's. The 12" block is actually 11-5/8" wide x7-5/8" height x15-5/8" length. Obviously, you would lay these blocks so that the wall would be 12" thick. You can also get 10" wide blocks if you are considering using 12" caps.
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      Re: Seat Wall & Counter Construction

      I used 12x12 caps on my raised garden bed, with walls made from 8x8x816 plus veneer, and it makes great overflow seating.

      However, if I were building an actual seating wall, I'd want the bench to be deeper. Standard around here seems to be using 8x8x16 blocks and making the bench 16" deep.

      Like this, from when we had professionals build a courtyard at our old house: