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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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    Like many others, I have developed cracks during the cure process. I noticed the cracks after the 500F fire. The oven is covered with about a half inch of homebrew. The question is: Do I continue the fires up to the final cure to see how bad it's going to get, or do something about it now? I guess another question would be: Should I do anytheing about it at all?


  • #2
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    Your oven expands and contracts as it heats and cools. It's going to crack somewhere and those look like nice ones . If you fix them, the oven will either crack again in the same place or crack somewhere else .

    Everyone here has them and it doesn't reflect poorly on your workmanship. It's just physics. I'm willing to bet they won't get any worse. Leave them alone.

    Insulate it, finish curing and start cooking. Nice looking oven!
    Ken H. - Kentucky
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    • #3
      Re: Crack Advice

      If I were you, I would build more fires and eat more pizza to rectify the situation.


      • #4
        Re: Crack Advice

        I'm with Tom... rejoice in your finished oven with some pizzas and beer.

        Nice-looking brick work.



        • #5
          Re: Crack Advice

          Thanks very much for the encouragement guys, I like the way you think. I just wanted to make sure. Feeling much better about moving forward. Thanks again



          • #6
            Re: Crack Advice

            The more Beer you drink the smaller the cracks will look.