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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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  • cracking

    so I finished my oven. went through the curing proccess and made pizza about 10 times. then yesterday I made pizza for at least the tenth time and this morning I have all of these hairline cracks in the dome. they are hardly noticable but im still very disapointed.

    it was fairly cold outside (appx 40 degrees F?) I guess it was a combination of that and getting the oven too hotttttttttt? I swear I heated the oven with a small fire over the course of about 3 hours before getting the fire really hott.

    any suggestions for repair or prevention?

    thanks guys. :

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    Re: cracking

    Matty - Is your dome covered with a blanket? It certainly doesn't sound catastrophic. I don't know if anyone has gotten away with no cracks.

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    • #3
      Re: cracking

      I wouldn't sweat it unless serious smoke is coming out of the cracks. If that was the case, I might consider repairing the problem. Cracks happen! Enjoy the pizza.
      GJBingham
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      • #4
        Re: cracking

        I agree with the above, not a big deal and everybody gets them! I took cement and mixed it a hair thin and rubbed it on the cracks to fill them. While I don't think small cracks serve as a significant source of water into the oven and insulation (my sandstone ledge is a much bigger culprit) I have used waterproofing on the dome to reduce moisture intake. Longer term I will probably build a metal roof over mine to truly keep it and the sandstone ledge dry.

        Enjoy the oven!
        Jay

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        • #5
          Re: cracking

          and another thing..... If you truely spent three hours warming the oven up to cooking temps, then you did everything you could have done. Not many are that patient.

          I firmly believe that most of the ovens have cracks. Many are never found or noticed because the insulation is often installed before curing takes place, so the faults are not nearly as noticeable.
          GJBingham
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