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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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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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  • Silver Birch for WFO?

    Hi all,

    I have been offered some silver birch from my usual log supplier. In the past this has been mixed in with alder wood which I reserved for actual cooking; I used the silver birch just for firing, where possible. But now he doesn't have any alder.

    I would like to know if there are any known safety issues with silver birch. Does anyone else on here use it?

    Thanks,

    Rich

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    Re: Silver Birch for WFO?

    According to Wikipedia it should be safe.

    "Silver birch wood can make excellent timber for carving kitchen utensils such as wooden spoons and spatulas: its very mild, sweet flavour does not contaminate food, and it has an attractive pale colour."

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      Re: Silver Birch for WFO?

      That's actually one of the better woods to burn. Pretty much all quality firewood in Finland are made of it. And it's what I mainly use in my wfo.

      They also make Xylitol from the sap of silver birch. And it's good for making furniture as it's hard and pretty dense wood with beautiful color to it.

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