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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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  • methol hydrate ok in oven?

    I have been starting my fires in my house wood burner with chainsaw shavings soaked in kerosene. I dont want to use this nasty smelling stuff of course in my pizza oven. I was wondering if methol hydrate would be ok. I tested it today and its nice and flamable but not sure if its toxic when ignited.
    I will be burning fir and arbutus mostly and like the idea of having something like what I use in the house for the ease of llighting the fire.
    Any thoughts out there....wayne
    see below for my oven album of progress to date

    http://picasaweb.google.com/wayneber...PizzaOvenWorld

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    Re: methol hydrate ok in oven?

    I would say no, I am not an advocate of using any kind of accelerant in such an enclosed space (WFO). Maybe one of our resident pyromaniacs can decypher what I found in the attached link. It mentions that wood alcohol (methyl hydrate - methanol) can be quite explosive.....thats more than enough reason for me not to try it.

    Fire & Explosions in the Canadian Upstream Oil & Gas Industry - Identifying Fire & Explosion Hazards - Fuel Sources

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      Re: methol hydrate ok in oven?

      Fir is a resinous wood, and if split fairly finely should burn like kerosine by it's self. I know some people use gas burners, or parafin fire starters, but I'm a paper and kindling kind of guy.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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