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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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  • Too hot?

    I didn't think it was possible to get my Artigiano to be TOO hot... I started my fire about an hour earlier than normal, about 1:30 for a 5 PM pizza start (instead of 2:30).

    When I pushed my fire aside, the floor was 900+!!! The oven dome was over 1000F based on my infrared thermometer.

    The pizzas cooked VERY fast, of course, The first one was almost too burnt on the bottom and hadn't cooked through in the middle. Even as the night went on, my crusts were all pretty browned on top/edges and pretty scorched on the bottom... no complaints from my guests, even after asking if they were overdone, everyone said how much flavor there was... so I guess it wasn't too much....

    Anyone else ever wonder if they've gone too hot on their fire?
    Keller TX
    Artigiano 39"
    former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan


  • #2
    Re: Too hot?

    Yeah...hard to believe it but we have gotten ours too hot...can mop the floor of the oven with a damp mop a few times to take away some of the scorch...
    We had no complaints either!
    "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. " Charles Mingus
    "Build at least two brick ovens...one to make all the mistakes on and the other to be just like you dreamed of!" Dutch


    • #3
      Re: Too hot?

      I can't imagine the dough in the center didn't cook well with an oven that hot. Either you have way too many toppings on the pizza for that temp, your dough is too thick, or your temp readings are wrong.

      Are you taking your readings off the floor? That is where you want the temps to be 750 -800 plus. The dome is always hotter.
      Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.



      • #4
        Re: Too hot?

        l learned the hard way.......stuffing the oven with the same amout of Citrus that I had been usung oak and hickory.bib mistake, the citurs burns sooo much hotter. at its peak the dome had a temp of around 1400 degrees, hearth 1100+degrees, it took a hour to cool down to pizza temps


        • #5
          Re: Too hot?

          1100 - 1400 degrees? sounds like you were about ready to fire some bricks for the next build.
          Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste
          like chicken...

          My 44" oven in progress...