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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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  • A slightly different take on curing

    I just fired my oven for the first time yesterday. What's different? I fired it from nothing to 700 degrees over 10 hours with no cracking.

    The difference isn't the firing though - rather, coming from a construction background, I always wait a month before messing with concrete, so it had been curing for a month already naturally. This requires patience, but I really think it matters.

    Second, I've got enormous thermal mass. The oven is a superior clay 36", which is pretty much the same as the forno bravos (I'd never heard of forno bravo before, happened upon this site by google accident). Its on a 5" slab, with 2" of insulating cement on that, then firebrick on that. The oven is in a concrete "box" that's around 4' x 5' by 4' high, with the concrete in turn veneered with stone. The space between the walls and the oven (which is covered with 2" of refractory cement) is loose vermiculite fill.

    I think the combination of the long curing time and huge mass means that less uneven stress is put on the oven. We'll see how this works out in practice.

    Here's a link to my oven pics thread http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f21/...oker-7856.html

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    Re: A slightly different take on curing

    there should now be a link to oven pics in my sig line

    Here's a link to my oven pics thread http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f21/...oker-7856.html