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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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  • FireDragon Bellows

    From one of my other favorite websites, well worth checking most every day.
    Cool Tools
    This is a direct copy/paste from today's post, today's cool tool. (not my words)

    I've been using the FireDragon for the past five years to quickly and efficiently get my woodstove burning. It allows me to get a fire started using a minimal amount of tinder and kindling, and without any other firestarters. This is one of those simple, good ideas. You blow into the FireDragon to shoot a directed, bellows-like blast of air into your fire, creating a supercharging effect. This helps get larger chunks of wood to ignite and burn steadily when lighting a fire or adding a new log to a fire that isn't burning well, and it can return a smoldering fire to blazes with a few puffs.

    It's basically a 3-foot long steel tube with a brass mouthpiece (that makes me think of a flattened trombone mouthpiece) and a forked end that can serve as a fire poker, log re-arranger, and coal raker. The manufacturer says they got the idea from Civil War soldiers that would take the barrels off thier rifles and blow through them to fan their campfires.

    Now I find I want the FireDragon any time I'm around a fire, so it goes along camping. It is plenty sturdy. No moving parts, and easy to use.
    -- Brent Inghram

    [Note: Mango Energy has a short video demonstrating its use on Youtube. -- OH]

    FireDragon Bellows

    Available from Amazon

    Manufactured by Mango Energy

  • #2
    Re: FireDragon Bellows

    That is awesome.


    • #3
      Re: FireDragon Bellows

      I'm using something basically similar to that. It's a length of 1/2" copper pipe with a copper mouthpiece on one end and a simple flattened end on the other. I primarily use it to blow ash away to clear the floor for pizza (instead of using a brass brush) and I sometimes use it to get a fire going as well. It's a nice tool and cheap to put together for under $10.

      The only problem I see with the Fire Dragon bellows is that it is not long enough to really reach into most ovens.

      My 34" WFO build

      Weber 22-OTG / Ugly Drum Smoker / 34" WFO


      • #4
        Re: FireDragon Bellows

        It would be nice to learn the source where this piece of "information" was acquired by the manufacturer:

        "The manufacturer says they got the idea from Civil War soldiers that would take the barrels off thier (sic) rifles and blow through them to fan their campfires."



        • #5
          Re: FireDragon Bellows

          I heard that someone use high temperature bellows (made of aluminium or silicone) in such applications. Any suggestions?