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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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  • Good News, Bad News

    The Good - No frost heave this winter. The dome is still strong and perfectly together. No major cracks and its ready to be fired.

    The Bad - My entire stucco job on the outside block walls totally came off due to moisture. Take a look:

    I chipped the perlcrete back to the dome to reveal the hearth slab and chipped off the remaining stucco on the walls. I am thinking the horizontal surface caught the water and funneled it down the perlcrete layer, then went between the stucco.

    I am thinking of building up the flat areas and sloping away from the hearth perlcrete based.

    Looking for any insight into sealing the block walls. What can I put on these walls so I know it won't come off?

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  • #2
    Re: Good News, Bad News

    What kind of stucco did you use?

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    • #3
      Re: Good News, Bad News

      It was mixed at home. Looking back I probably didn't put enough sand in the mix. I used the 1/2 portland 1/2 lime masonry mortar and sand. I used acrylic additive and reinforced mortar for the dome and it weathered pretty well. Would it help to put something onto the block for the mortar to stick to something?
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      • #4
        Re: Good News, Bad News

        i'd take an angle grinder with a diamond blade and cut some horizontal grooves into the slab.
        The grooves will give something the stucco to bite into.